In what ways are Thoreau’s messages still
What parallels can we see between the
problems of Thoreau’s society and our
What piece of advice from Thoreau is
most applicable to today?
Choose what you feel is the most important piece of
advice/observation about society from Walden (could be
what we’ve read, or beyond– use as much as you’d like!).
An actual quote from the text
Create a Public Service Announcement poster– that is, put
Thoreau’s words to paper with creative images, text
art, etc. This is meant to be a poster that will capture the
attention of people walking by, encourage them to stop
and think, to consider the message.
Then, on a separate sheet, compose a 5-7 sentence WELLWRITTEN paragraph explaining the quote’s meaning and
its connection to our world today. This will be GRADED.
Because Henry David Thoreau grappled with so many of
the same issues and because his words survive in
books, essays, and journals, we modern readers can come to
know Thoreau through this connection across time and
place. Whether the topic is simplifying our lifestyles and
eliminating distractions, or being a non-conformist when it
is easier to go with the crowd, Thoreau’s insights still
resonate today. To “march to the beat” of one’s own
drummer is important now more than ever– it is easier to
go along with the crowd, but Thoreau’s words force his
readers to examine our own obligations to each other and
ourselves and consider what is truly important in our lives.
WRITING and craft–
spelling, grammar, punctuation
Textual Evidence/embedding quote(s) in paragraph
20 point quiz grade