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Honestly, I didn't think Mr. Draeger was too bright. A little slow dealing with simple concepts. However, I really liked his dog.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Self-Reliance” is one of Emerson’s most famous essays. Is your self-confidence a little low? Do you ever doubt yourself? Emerson writes, “Insist on yourself; never imitate.” There’s more where that came from.


  • Grade Level: 7-12
  • Pages: 57
  • ISBN: 9798352535868
  • Black and White
  • Dimensions: 5″ x 8″


  • The full, unabridged text of “Self-Reliance”
  • Introduction
  • Self-Reliance
  • Discussion Questions
  • Wrap Up: After You Read
  • A Note About Wrap-Ups
  • I See, That I Don’t See
  • Emerson Quotes
  • Additional Reading
  • About Glen Draeger
  • Create Your Own Memes

In addition to the unabridged text of Emerson’s essay, this volume for students in grades 7-12 includes a “Wrap-Up”, a short explanation of the essay, to be read after, along with “I See, That I Don’t See”, where Mr. Draeger travels back in time to meet Emerson. This is quite a sacrifice for a man who doesn’t even like to fly, but that’s the kind of dedication that has gone into the Literature Disguised as Fun series.

Also included are open-ended, Socratic discussion questions to help students think more in depth about the story. Get ready to be amazed, because there is more. Also, included are some quotes from Emerson and a list of some of his other writings.

And—maybe you should sit down for this one—there’s also a photo of Emerson! Catch your breath.

You think we’re done? Not even close. Okay, maybe close. There are also faux posters, memes and other illustrated creations to enhance the essay. One of the goals of Literature Disguised as Fun, achieved through some of the posters and memes, is to introduce your students to great art in a fun and entertaining way along with reinforcing concepts from the essay.

Wait! There’s more, now it’s time to purchase the book. Time machines are not cheap, trust me. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

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