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Song of Myself: Individuality, Conformity, and Community

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 GenreTitleAuthorLiterary Period  LinkAdditional Link 
 Novel Summer (1917) Edith Wharton Modernism text
 Novel Passing (1929) Nella Larsen Modernism text
 Novel Station Eleven (2014)  Emily St. John Mandel  Contemporary  amazon audiobook
 Drama  The Crucible (1953) Arthur Miller Modernism text 1996 film
 Poetry selections from Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672) Anne Bradstreet Puritanism texts 
 Poetry "Thanatopsis" (1817) William Cullen Bryant Romanticism text 
 Poetry selections from Walt Whitman (1819-1892) Walt Whitman  texts 
 Poetry    selections from Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) Emily Dickinson  texts 
 Poetry "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1915)
 T. S. Eliot Modernism text 
 Sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" (1741) Jonathan Edwards Puritanism text 
 Essays selections from Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Ralph Waldo Emerson Transcendentalism texts 
 Non-fiction selections from Walden (1854) Henry David Thoreau Transcendentalism  text 
 Essay "Civil Disobedience" (1849) Henry David Thoreau Transcendentalism  text 

Essential Questions:

What is the role of the individual in society? Are we responsible more to ourselves or to others?
Why do people conform? Why do others choose not to conform?
Do you agree with the expression "When in Rome, do as the Romans do"?
What are the consequences of individuality?
Are individuals more likely to change the group or is the group more likely to change the individual?
Does an individual's code of ethics replace societal rules? 
What is the basis for authority? Should we respect all “authority”
Can you think of any essential questions?