Day 6

Walden Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Criticism of Thoreau

    Kind of Activity:

    Individual Writing

    Objective:

    Students will consider a critical opinion of Thoreau from a New Yorker op/ed piece.

    Common Core Standards:

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.6

    Structure:

    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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