Lower Lexile Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Lower Lexile Walden by Henry David Thoreau
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This retelling of Walden by Henry David Thoreau includes From Where I Lived and What I Lived For and Solitude and reads at an automated readability index of grade 4/5. This text aligns to the version in Holt's Elements of Literature: Fifth Course.

Oh, Thoreau...

Teachers love you. You're important. But kids find you baffling!

Classic literature doesn't have to be scary, boring, or too hard.

Summary sites online and those little yellow and black notebooks are no longer your only choices for students who are struggling. Universally designed texts preserve the storytelling...while taking away the confusing word choices and hard-to-navigate formatting.

Universally Designed texts take classic literature common to secondary ELA classrooms and rewrite them with words and style that are easier for ALL students to read. Fewer frustrated kids. Fewer heads down on the desk. Less refusal. Less acting out. More engagement. More confidence. Better understanding.

Your purchase includes three variations on this easier-to-read text that you may print for students or share digitally on the non-public platform of your choice. Variations include:

  • A text-only copy
  • A text copy with a blank, lined column on each page for teacher-customized or open-ended note-taking
  • A text copy with a lined column and inference-based questions on each page for guided note-taking

All copies are formatted with the needs of neurodiverse learners in mind and include:

  • Text in columns on the page to reduce the need for lengthy eye-return at the end of a line
  • Sans-serif fonts that are dyslexia friendly
  • Adequate spacing between lines to prevent line-jumbling and to allow for use of tracking accommodation devices
  • Extra space between each paragraph to aid in identifying transitions in the text...and finding your place again after stopping!
  • Consistent formatting that aligns to other Universally Designed texts. Students won't have to learn a new format every time they read a new text
  • Engaging cover art that engages visual learners to want to read and provides conceptual clues about the text
  • Iconic lines preserved and highlighted

PLEASE NOTE! These are secondary level texts. Although the Lexile difficulty has been reduced, adult themes and adult language (in some texts) have been preserved. Texts may not be appropriate for younger learners.

KEEP CHECKING BACK! I am always adding new resources. Also, please feel free to message me with your requests; if I'm hearing that many teachers are needing a text, I'll make it a priority to adapt it.

Total Pages
9 pages
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Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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