by Henry David Thoreau
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Excerpt from Walden: “Where I Lived and What I Lived For”
- Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was an American author, essayist, poet, abolitionist, and philosopher. He, along with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller, was one of the major figures of the Transcendentalism movement. The text below is taken from his best known work, Walden, a reflection upon his two years spent living in the wilderness near Walden Pond in Massachusetts.Pair “Excerpt from Walden: ‘Where I Lived and What I Lived For’” with “Excerpt from Walden: ‘The Ponds’” to provide students with another passage from Walden. In the excerpt “Where I Lived and What I Lived For,” Henry David Thoreau describes his intentions for living in the wilderness. Based on “The Ponds,” do students think he achieved this? How is Thoreau impacted by Walden Pond?
Hurricane Katrina: The Overview; New Orleans Is Inundated As 2 Levees Fail; Much of Gulf Coast Is Crippled; Toll Rises
- Joseph B. Treaster and N.R. Kleinfield
In The New York Times article “Hurricane Katrina: The Overview; New Orleans is Inundated As 2 Levees Fail; Much of Gulf Coast Is Crippled; Toll Rises,” Joseph B. Treaster and N.R. Kleinfield discuss the areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina.Pair “Hurricane Katrina: The Overview; New Orleans Is Inundated As 2 Levees Fail; Much of Gulf Coast Crippled; Toll Rises” with “Excerpt from Walden: ‘The Ponds’” and ask students to discuss the damage that nature can do. How does Henry David Thoreau emphasize the beauty of nature, while the article shows how dangerous it can be? How do students think Henry David Thoreau would feel about natural disasters?
A September Night
- George Marion McClellan
In George Marion McClellan’s poem “A September Night,” a speaker describes the natural elements of a dreamy September night in the Mississippi bayou.Pair “Excerpt from Walden: ‘The Ponds’” with “A September Night” and ask students to discuss how each author develops their appreciation for nature. What do each of the authors say about the impact nature has on their lives? How do the messages of the texts compare?