Henry David Thoreau - Wikipedia
Language Arts teachers and Social Studies teachers know who Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are and have read at least some excerpts from their books and essays. Many teachers have at least a passing knowledge of the philosophy of Transcendentalism, which underlies the writings of these men. Unfortunately, reading a few excerpts and a surface familiarity with a complex philosophy are not adequate foundations for teaching Transcendentalism. The purpose of this guide is to give both English and Social Studies teachers, as well as any other teacher who is interested in introducing his or her students to this important topic, the basic information they would need to present lessons and units of study on Transcendentalism with some coherence and depth.
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Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) (Transcendentalist)
Transcendentalism is an American literary, political, and philosophicalmovement of the early nineteenth century, centered around Ralph WaldoEmerson. Other important transcendentalists were Henry David Thoreau,Margaret Fuller, Amos Bronson Alcott, Frederic Henry Hedge, andTheodore Parker. Stimulated by English and German Romanticism, theBiblical criticism of Herder and Schleiermacher, and the skepticism ofHume, the transcendentalists operated with the sense that a new era wasat hand. They were critics of their contemporary society for itsunthinking conformity, and urged that each person find, inEmerson's words, “an original relation to the universe” (O, 3). Emersonand Thoreau sought this relation in solitude amidst nature, and intheir writing. By the 1840s they, along with other transcendentalists,were engaged in the social experiments of Brook Farm, Fruitlands, andWalden; and, by the 1850s in an increasingly urgent critique ofAmerican slavery.
Henry David Thoreau in Transcendentalism - Shmoop
The editor of this newspaper,Horace Greeley, was a friend of Thoreau's who also maintainedother friendships in Transcendentalist circles.
Henry David Thoreau was only forty five years of age at thetime of his death from Tuberculosis in May 1862.
Henry David Thoreau - Poet | Academy of American Poets
Henry David Thoreau lived in the mid-nineteenth century during turbulent times in America. He said he was born "in the nick of time" in Concord, Massachusetts, during the flowering of America when the transcendental movement was taking root and when the anti-slavery movement was rapidly gaining momentum. His contemporaries and neighbors were Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bronson Alcott, Margaret Fuller, and his mentor, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Henry David Thoreau - Walden Study Text
This 3-4 week unit takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching about Henry David Thoreau and Walden, in particular. Via journaling and close reading, students will understand Thoreau’s ideas on nature and transcendentalism and, in the process, develop a better sense of a special place to them. The unit will focus on the questions: How does place, particularly a natural place, influence our sense of self? What does it mean for us to be civilized humans in nature? You can use this to enhance a more traditional reading of Walden or to supplement another unit on writing or thinking.
Henry David Thoreau (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Henry David Thoreau lived for two years, two months, and two days by Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. His time in Walden Woods became a model of deliberate and ethical living. His words and deeds continue to inspire millions around the world who seek solutions to critical environmental and societal challenges.
Henry David Thoreau – The Walden Woods Project
Through an overview of Henry David Thoreau’s life, writings, and philosophies, students will engage in writing activities and field trips that will encourage them to relate to the wisdom of Henry David Thoreau and be able to apply such wisdom to their lives. Students will be able to think and hopefully live a little more deliberately after exploring and applying Thoreau’s philosophy. Students will find value in the place where they live.