Excerpt from Walden

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Beware of all enterprises that require new technology. Not exactly his words but perhaps the sentiments of Henry David Thoreau, one of the first to unplug. After reading an excerpt from Walden, individuals find evidence in the passage to answer the question of what Thoreau considers the costs and benefits of technology.    

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • The worksheet may be used as part of a study of Walden or to launch a discussion of technology
  • After reading and discussing the passage, ask class members to eschew all technology for an entire weekend and keep a journal of their experience and insights
Classroom Considerations

  • Some readers may struggle with the reading; therefore, consider asking class members to read the passage silently, and then reading the passage aloud to the class
Pros

  • Discussion questions are included with the worksheet
Cons

  • No provisions are included for struggling readers
Common Core