Thoreau and Civil Disobedience

Countless peaceful protests occur in a healthy democracy, thanks to the forefathers of civil disobedience. Teach pupils about the importance of civil disobedience and a powerful minority with a video on Henry David Thoreau, which includes visual aids and primary sources as reference points.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Differentiate for English learners by enabling the subtitles function
  • Flip the classroom through assigning the video as a homework activity
Classroom Considerations

  • The second in a series of 13, the video is ideal for a unit on political theory
Pros

  • The narrator speaks about the subject in a way that keeps scholars focused
  • Connections between concepts in United States history, such as the abolitionist movement and election of President Polk, make for an effective integrated lesson
Cons

  • None