Henry David Thoreau
|Walden Teaching Unit
A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes chapter-by-chapter study guides, discussion questions, vocabulary, assessments and keys, and introductory material.
Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight
Looking for a way to connect Transcendentalism with our lives? Try this TED talk, in which Dr. Taylor describes her understanding of the brain and perception. The parallels with Transcendentalism are striking. The talk runs 18:42.
Susan Cain: The power of introverts
In this TED talk, Susan Cain explores historical factors behind society's attitudes toward intorverts. Length: 19:04. Possible writing prompt: Susan Cain and Henry David Thoreau discuss living alone. Write the script of their conversation. Where possible, include quotations.
E-texts and related links to Walden, "Civil Disobedience," and others. An excellent resource.
Thoreau's Journals Help Scientists Track Climate Change
This informational piece describes conclusions scientists have reached by comparing Thoreau's journal observations of nature with events in nature today.
Introduction, podcast, and related links; part of NPR's "Present at the Creation" series.
The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau
Biography, correspondence, an excellent FAQ section, "Reflections on Walden," and related links. Includes links to transcripts of his journals.
"Civil Disobedience" lesson plans have moved to their own page.
Walden lesson plans have moved to their own page.
Text of the essay originally published in 1858.
Henry David Thoreau
Brief biography and text of 3 poems, "Great God, I Ask Thee for No Meaner Pelf," "Inspiration," and "Smoke."
Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau
The two act, four character play is a conversation between Thoreau and Emerson set during the final two days Thoreau spent in his cabin before leaving Walden Pond. The script is available free at the site. Registration required.
Text of Thoreau's essay.
Text of Thoreau's essay, originally published in 1862.
"A Winter Walk"
Background information and text of the essay, available in both PDF and Google Docs format.