One class recently finished a unit on Romanticism. After a couple of days on Transcendentalism, I sent them out into our quad to take notes on as much “nature” as they could find there, with directions to imitate the style of Thoreau. The last section of the notes focused on drawing life lessons from these observations, like Thoreau did in Walden.
One girl turned in her notes with this awesome little addendum at the end. Clearly, she got the point. I drew the smiley face.
Another girl turned hers in with this attachment: