This lesson uses the second half of Chapter 2 from Walden, “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For.” Many of Henry David Thoreau’s famous aphorisms, such as “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life,” are contained in this section of the book.
There are many links to videos, audio reading, annotations, and resources for analyzing the passage from the book. Also included is an interview from NPR, where a teacher takes his classes into the woods to read the book. There are link to a notorious New Yorker essay on Thoreau by Kathryn Schulz, a Great Books documentary on Walden and a link to “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For.” There are links to a TED Ed lesson on Walden, and the TED Talk, “Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.”
The lesson features a link to a writing prompt that asks students to analyze the passages from “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For,” as well as a graphic organizer designed as a rhetorical triangle where students will look for appeals from the passage. Students will craft a persuasive thesis sentence. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis, and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle. A link to 9 AP-style multiple choice questions is included.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, World Literature or AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, reading, Transcendentalism, theme
New Fall 2017: Added annotated passages from "Pond Scum" and excerpt “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For"
Added sample student paragraphs, notes, and sample essay with teacher's comments
Added lecture on Walden from Black Ponderer with sample notes from a student