Did you go to college?
How were you raised?
Is money important to you?
Are you married?
Where are you from?
What is your current occupation?
What would do with a lot of money?
Do you own a house?
What kind of neighborhood do you live in?
Where does your money come from?
Were your parents born in the US?
Do you have any accomplishments that you would want to talk about?
Do you want your kids to have a better life than you?
Are you happy with everything you have now?
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Has your opinion of the American Dream changed overtime?
Have you held more than one job in your life?
Does what society believes is the American Dream influence your opinion on it?
Does your view of the American Dream differ from what your parents view of the American Dream was? Grandparents view?
Do you believe that you accomplished your version of the American dream?
Last Year’s Question
Examining Transcendentalism through Popular Culture -Final Project
as adapted from http://www.readwritethink.org
Look at all the resources in pop culture that you have access to. You can consider genres such as sitcoms, television dramas, children’s
cartoons, movies, commercials, newspaper editorials, and so forth.
• Provide an example for each of six characteristics of transcendental thought.
• Choose a different quotation for each category. You can repeat the sources that you choose but should find different
example quotations or actions. All quotes should come from RWE, HDT, or MLK (Dickinson and Fuller are possibilities as well).
• Look for examples from multiple genres. Include at least three different genres in your project. (Not all movie clips or editorials or comics).
• Be sure that you provide explanations for the quotations or examples that you’ve chosen that show why each is an example of transcendentalist thought.
Examples of Student-Selected Song Titles and Artists that Reflect Transcendental Thinking
An article that includes examples of Transcendentalism in pop culture
Excerpts from Emerson’s “Self-Reliance” and “Nature”
Examples of explanations of found items
mlastyle (hand out from class)
Total project will be 2100 words.