Eligibility and Audience 2019

Eligibility and Audience

While most people automatically associate Thoreau with high school English classes, and we expect this to be a draw for American Literature teachers, the workshop will offer rich educational experiences and resources for secondary social studies and science teachers, library/media specialists, elementary teachers, and curriculum coordinators interested in helping their students to become better observers – of nature, society, and self – and better writers.

Thoreau was the ultimate interdisciplinary observer, as he so often wrote of the many ways in which he could do his “surveying.” We will not only follow the paths of his ideas, literally and figuratively; we will follow his methods. We will incorporate subject areas from mathematics to geography to poetry to biology fieldwork to textual analysis to a focus on social justice as we examine issues of civic and environmental responsibility.

For more information on eligibility criteria, please click here for the NEH eligiblity.