Emerson v. Amy Chua Pre-writing Questions • Write down at least three main points that Emerson makes in his essay “Self-Reliance.” Think about the advice he gives and the way in which he thinks you should live your life. • Then, write down at least three main points that Ms. Chua made in her article. Think about the beliefs she has about the way her children should live their lives. • Ask yourself the following question: do Emerson and Chua agree? Once you have your answer, you are ready to write. Writing the Letter • You are writing from the P.O.V. of Emerson! • Begin with the phrase, “Dear Ms. Chua,” • In the first paragraph, state whether or not you agree with her article. Remember, you are Emerson! First person pronouns are totally acceptable. Then, explain your point of view from “Self-Reliance.” Use at least one quotation from “Self-Reliance.” • In the second paragraph, use at least one quotation from Chua’s article to explain why you agree/disagree with her philosophy. • Sign the letter, “Sincerely, Ralph Waldo Emerson.” • Make sure your name is somewhere on your letter.