Teacher Guide

Civil Disobedience Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Students will practice thinking and writing analytically about non-fiction, philosophical texts.

  2. 2

    Students will become familiar with transcendentalism and the historical and literary contexts of Civil Disobedience.

  3. 3

    Students will analyze the effectiveness of Thoreau's stylistic and rhetorical techniques in crafting his argument.

  4. 4

    Students will identify, discuss, and write about the themes addressed in Civil Disobedience, using textual evidence to support well-considered arguments.

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