Many English classes struggle with Thoreau’s dense and often ponderous prose in Walden. Classes often become mired in his text and its romantic ideals of seclusion and self-reliance. This activity rips the words of Walden off the page and puts them where they belong: outside. It compels students to move beyond basic interpretations of Walden as “connecting with nature” and “keeping life simple,” and instead to see and interpret their modern, living world through the lens of Transcendentalism, as Thoreau did.
This lesson encourages students to see and interpret their worlds as Thoreau did through a modeling-based writing experience.
Kotlarczyk, Adam, "Thoreau’s Walden: Experiential Learning and a Transcendental Walk" (2012). Early American Literature (before 1900). 1.