If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
Students will practice thinking and writing analytically about non-fiction, philosophical texts.
Students will become familiar with transcendentalism and the historical and literary contexts of Civil Disobedience.
Students will analyze the effectiveness of Thoreau's stylistic and rhetorical techniques in crafting his argument.
Students will identify, discuss, and write about the themes addressed in Civil Disobedience, using textual evidence to support well-considered arguments.