Henry David Thoreau - "Walden" - "Civil Disobedience" - "Nature" and "Conscience" poems
Included in this Unit:
- Close Reading Activity for excerpts from "Civil Disobedience" which requires students to select important quotes from the selection, ask questions, and summarize for understanding. Then, other students come behind them to engage in the previous students' work. This is a little something different to engage students.
- Pre-made exit ticket for "Civil Disobedience" activity.
- Walden excerpts with reading/thinking guide. Students will also write a 4 line poem to summarize each section.
- Fun activity with Thoreau quotes! You should definitely hear some laughter as students as they complete this activity in small groups.
- Nature writing poetry task with several options depending on the type of class you have.
- Final assessment with 10 multiple choice questions and a poem where students have to prove how they would know the poem was written by Thoreau without being told. This comes in 2 versions where the multiple choice answer choices are scrambled. It even inlcudes 2 different poems so that you have a choice as to which one you prefer, or you could give part of your class one and the rest the other poem to deter any cheating. Also, the editable PowerPoint is included in case you wish to make changes to the assessment.
-Step by step instructions for each day.
Sample Assessment Questions:
_____ 2. According to Thoreau, who/what should be governing people?
A. men’s conscience B. laws C. the majority’s opinion D. the president
_____ 4. Which of the following statements is NOT an idea present in “Civil Disobedience” excerpt?
A. People often complain but do nothing to really help existing problems in society.
B. If you don’t like where the government spends your money, refuse to pay into the treasury.
C. If unjust laws exist, change them.
D. If a man steals from another, he should be forced to pay back the debt times ten.
_____ 7. Which is NOT a conclusion that Thoreau comes to in the excerpt from Walden?
A. Men do not have to work that hard to provide for themselves.
B. Men are too busy and need to simplify their lives.
C. There are many virtuous, honest men in the world.
D. Go after your dreams.
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