Unit Plan

Finding Your Own Walden Through Observation and Journaling

This Finding Your Own Walden Through Observation and Journaling unit plan also includes:

The Walden Woods Project encourages class members to identify and celebrate their own "Walden" that is need of protection. As part of the project, young environmentalists read passages that reveal Thoreau's literary naturalism and his social philosophy and apply these ideas to their own project.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Encourage class members to develop their own school or community project to protect and celebrate a special place
Classroom Considerations
  • The 42-page packet is designed to prepare learners for a visit to the traveling exhibition: however, most of the materials are appropriate for any study of Thoreau's literary naturalism and/or social philosophy
  • No link is provided to Miller's photographs; however, Walden: 150th Anniversary Illustrated Edition, featuring Miller's photos, is available for purchase and a portion of the purchase price goes to the Walden Woods Project
  • Attachments provide ideas for how to develop a community project
  • It is no longer possible to visit the exhibition
Common Core