Criticism of Thoreau
Kind of Activity:
Students will consider a critical opinion of Thoreau from a New Yorker op/ed piece.
Common Core Standards:
Distribute as a handout or using classroom technology Pulitzer Prize winner Kathryn Schulz's article Pond Scum on Henry David Thoreau and Walden: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/10/19/pond-scum. This article evaluates the writer and his work in a harsh light. After reading, ask students to answer the following questions:
What are Schulz's criticisms of Thoreau? of Walden?
What is the basis of her opinion?
What diction does the article employ that...
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