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									Name: _____________________
Mrs. Liter / Mrs. Blasofsel
English III / Period [ ]
[ ] _____________________ 20__

                                         Growth of a Nation Poetry Anthology
During the next era in American history, America truly expands… not just physically, but also intellectually. It is the
first time in our nation’s young history that we produced several writers of distinction that highlighted the unique
meaning of the American spirit. Within these distinct writers is a class of poets that is second to none! Through these
philosophers, writers, and poets, this anthology will reflect the popular beliefs and values of society in America during
the early and mid-1800s.

Your anthology will consist of five main chapters.

Cover must include a unique title, your name(s) and an illustration. Be creative and colorful! (A)

Title Page with the following information: your name, teacher’s name, date, creative title, and your favorite quote
representing that era. (A)

Table of Contents must be separated by chapters with a list that includes the title of each poem/writing, the
poet/writer of each poem/writing, and the page number that each poem/writing appears in your book. Pages in your
anthology should be numbered and should coincide with your table of contents. (B)

Introduction:
This introduction will provide background information from this time period in the form of a timeline. The timeline
should represent significant American events and literature from 1800 through 1860. Make is neat, colorful, and
visually appealing. (A)

Chapter 1:
The first chapter is dedicated to the philosophies of Ralph Emerson and Henry David Thoreau and the philosophy of
Transcendentalism for which they are most famously known for populating. This chapter must include a definition of
the term “transcendentalism” along with a visual that best depicts this concept. The chapter must also include a
biography and a picture for each philosopher. For each philosopher write five quotes from their significant essays and
explain the meaning and connection to that philosopher’s transcendentalism beliefs. Create a unique title for the
chapter. (A/B)

Chapter 2:
The second chapter is dedicated to the “Fireside Poets” from that era. Explain the meaning of this term. Include a
biography and a picture for each of the following poets. For each poet, include one of their significant poems and
explain how that poem reflects that poet’s life as well as what society in general believed/valued. Identify and explain
at least one example of transcendentalism for each poem. Create a unique title for the chapter and provide a visual for
each poem.
     1. Henry Longfellow (A)              4. John Greenleaf Whittier (B)
     2. William Cullen Bryant (A)         5. James Russell Lowell (B)
     3. Oliver Wendell Holmes (A)

Chapter 3:
The third chapter is dedicated to “Poets of Romanticism”. Explain the meaning of the term “Romanticism” as it
pertains to literature. Include a biography and a picture for each of the following poets. For each poet, include one of
their significant poems and explain how that poem reflects that poet’s life as well as what society in general
believed/valued. Identify and explain at least one example of transcendentalism for each poem. Create a unique title
for the chapter and provide a visual for each poem.
     1. Emily Dickinson (A)
     2. Walt Whitman (A)
     3. Edgar A. Poe (B)
Chapter 4:
The fourth chapter is dedicated to the “American Spirit”. Explain the meaning of the term “Patriotism”. Include a
biography and a picture for each of the following writers. For each one, include one of their significant poems or
excerpts from their writing and explain how that writing reflects that writer’s life as well as what society in general
believed/valued. Identify and explain at least one example of transcendentalism for each poem. Create a unique title
for the chapter and provide a visual for each poem/excerpt.
     1. Francis Scott Key (A)
     2. James Fenimore Cooper (B)
     3. Meriweather Lewis (B)

Chapter 5:
The fifth chapter is dedicated to connecting the aspects of transcendentalism to our modern society through the use of
song lyrics. Two different songs by different artists must be included. Include a clean copy of the song lyrics along
with your annotated version for each song. Provide an explanation for each analysis. This song analysis/explication
has a specific set of guidelines. Please see the attached requirements page. Create a unique title for the chapter and
provide a visual for your song lyrics. (A/B)

Epilogue:
In the epilogue write a reflection on the importance of this era’s beliefs/values and the literatures (B).

Annotated Work Cited:
Your anthology will conclude with an annotated work cited for EVERY source you have used to obtain the
information needed in order to complete the overall assignment. Please see attached requirements page. Be sure that
as you locate poems and information that you record all of the publication information for each source, so that
you do not have to retrace your steps. (I highly recommend that you complete the source information and summary
of information as you use the information instead of waiting until the end!) (A/B)

Your anthology must meet the following criteria:
   1. All poems should be reproduced in your anthology exactly (i.e. spelling and spacing) as they appear in your
       source.
   2. All poems must be at least 10 lines.
   3. Each new poem should be on a different page.
   4. The anthology must be bound professionally or in a ½ 3-ring binder.
   5. The entire anthology must be double spaced, Times New Roman/Arial, 12 pt font, 1” margins.
   6. Anthology must contain an annotated work cited entry for every source used. Entire anthology will NOT be
       graded is work cited is missing!

Although you will be working with a partner to create this anthology, you will be graded individually. Please note the
“A” or “B” beside the different requirements. One person in your partnership will be responsible for the “A”
requirements and the other person will be responsible for the “B” requirements. You must notify me who will be “A”
and who will be “B” in your partnership.

We will work on this anthology in the media center on seven different days. This anthology is due at the end of
class on the seventh day which is December 14, 2011. You will be UNABLE to use ANY late passes passes on this
assignment.

								
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