Teacher Guide

Walden 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 be able to understand Thoreau's philosophy and worldview in their historical and literary context.

  2. 2

    Students will be able to analyze how the organization and structure of the text relate to its themes and symbols.

  3. 3

    Students will be able to understand the Romantic and Transcendentalist movements through Thoreau's writings and those of his contemporaries.

  4. 4

    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...

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