Instructional Video

Political Theory - Henry David Thoreau

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Did you know that sometimes hermits come up with some of the most influential political ideas? The 10th video in a series of 13 covers Henry David Thoreau, a highly influential man who authored Civil Disobedience and lived a quiet, simplistic lifestyle away from society. Scholars view Thoreau's life through primary source photographs and gain knowledge about real examples while watching to better understand his life and the government.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Differentiate for English learners by enabling captions and providing fill-in-the-blank notes
  • Assign pupils Henry David Thoreau's works to read; examples include Walden and Civil Disobedience
Classroom Considerations
  • Fits into a unit on political theory and government
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Consistently changing images keep the content engaging
  • Relatable examples and connections to concepts create a meaningful learning experience
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