If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
Students will be able to understand Thoreau's philosophy and worldview in their historical and literary context.
Students will be able to analyze how the organization and structure of the text relate to its themes and symbols.
Students will be able to understand the Romantic and Transcendentalist movements through Thoreau's writings and those of his contemporaries.
Students will be able to explore, discuss, and contemplate philosophical concepts that arise from the text and remain relevant to contemporary society, including ideas on...