You are invited to an honored Mountain View High School English tradition –
the Emersonian gift exchange. Who:
You and your classmates
We will exchange Emersonian gifts after our reading and reflection on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Gifts.” You will present your gift to your recipient in front of the class and explain its significance in a sophisticated, polished speech.
Ms. Wu’s Room 212
5th Period: Tuesday, November 25
6th Period: Wednesday, November 26
To celebrate our study of Transcendentalism, our creativity, and our individuality;
We will draw names and keep the identities of our gift recipient a secret. You must create an Emersonian gift for the person whose name you draw and bring it to class on the day our exchange. This activity is not about purchasing a gift and spending money; it is about creating a gift that reflects Emerson’s philosophy. This will, of course, require your time, sincerity, creativity, and maturity.