In this lesson, students will explore the writings of Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, and Robert Frost to identify common themes. They will write t responses to a piece of their choice, highlighting a theme that is prevalent throughout the literature and using evidence to support their analysis of that theme. This will scaffold to the following mulit-genre project. This lesson should take four 90-minute class periods or eight 50-minute class periods, depending on how many pieces chosen by the teacher.
Walden by Henry David Thoreau e-text from Project Gutenberg, part of the reading list for college-bound students is a combination of many lists compiled by colleges and universities for high school reading. This list can be accessed at http://northport.k12.ny.us/~nphs/english%20college.htm College professors expect incoming students to be familiar with these works; in many cases they will be reread and studied in more depth at college. <