Teacher Lesson Plans from 2019

Participant Projects

The principal project will be the creation of a curriculum unit that uses as a base the observations Thoreau made, the questions he asked, and the questions that the teachers (and ultimately their students) will articulate based on their own observations. Participants will have a choice of seven major threads to follow which connect to what we believe are the most important aspects of Thoreau’s thought for young people, and to answer perhaps the most important question of all: Why does Thoreau matter? 

  1. Being Awake, Aware, and Alive
  2. Hearing that Different Drummer
  3. Examining Desperate and Deliberate Lives
  4. Living in Society
  5. Living in Nature
  6. Practicing Simplicity
  7. Choosing Life with Principle

Participants will develop lessons based on one of the threads, lessons focused around Thoreau’s inquiries, and their relevance to what students worry and wonder about today. The Concord Museum will develop a website for the use of the Summer Scholars, which will serve as a place for all to contribute their quotes, questions, and visuals around each thread as a shared database. Their lessons will also be mounted on the website under each thread, arranged by grade level, and available freely to educators and students everywhere.


NEH 2019 Lesson Plans

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Lesson Title
Teacher Name
Grade Level Taught
Link to Lesson Course Subject
Thoreau & Words Serrin Anderson 11 and 12 Anderson Lesson Plan English
The Language of Nature: An exploration of the individual and society from Transcendenalism to Today Kerri Bundy 11 and 12 Bundy Lesson Plan English
Into the Wild and Transcendentalism Charles Cangemi 11 Cangemi Lesson Plan English
Living and Writing Deliberately: The Concord Landscapes and Legacy of Henry Thoreau Kathy Carrol 9 – 12 Carrol Lesson Plan Library
Henry David Thoreau – Curriculum Unit Christopher Donovan 11 Donovan Lesson Plan American Literature
Henry David Thoreau Unit David Duer 9 – 12 Duer Lesson Plan English
Focus: Being Awake, Aware and Alive Maura Dwyer 11 Dwyer Lesson Plan English
Thoreau: Desperate and Deliberate Lives Bradley Fletcher 9 – 12 Fletcher Lesson Plan History
Living Life Deliberately – Journal Activities Barbara Fowler 9 – 12 Fowler Lesson Plan Social Sciences
Thoreau, Social Location, and the Personal Statement  Merry Gordon 9 – 12 Gordon Lesson Plan English
Henry David Thoreau and The Green New Deal Carol Graham 11 Graham Lesson Plan English Literature
Deliberate Choices Stephanie Gronholz 10 Gronholz Lesson Plan English
Whole Life Examined: Transcendentalist Ideas in the Modern Era David P. Iverson 11 Iverson Lesson Plan English
Walking as a Data Collection Process Dr. David Valdez 12 Valdez Lesson Plan IB Psychology
Living and Writing Deliberately: The Concord Landscapes and Legacy of Henry Thoreau Rebecca Newland 9 – 12 Newland Lesson Plan Library
How did Thoreau’s writing and work influcence the American Environtmental movement? Laura Gallant 9 – 12 Gallant Lesson Plan Environmental Technology
Examinging Desperate and Deliberate Lives: Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom Sarah Jelinski 9 – 12 Jelinski Lesson Plan Instructional Services
Living and Writing Deliberately: The Concord Landscapes and Legacy of Henry Thoreau Amy Krukowski 11 – 12 Krukowski Lesson Plan English
Contact! Thoreau’s Most Pivotal Passage Tim Larsen 11 – 12 Larsen Lesson Plan  English
Connotative and Denotative meaning: an intro to reading and thinking expectations through Transcendentalist literature Shannon Martin 10 Martin Lesson Plan English
Choosing a Life of Principle Robert McClung 9, 10, 11 McClung Lesson Plan English
Within and Without: Living in and out of Society with Henry David Thoreau Erik Mortenson 8 – 12 Mortenson Lesson Plan English
Being Awake, Aware, and Alive Kristin Pollack 9 – 12 Pollack Lesson Plan  English
What is the relationship of man to society? Thoreaut’s Texts Deborah Posner  9 and 11 Posner Lesson Plan English
Into the Wild: Chris McCandless as a reflection of Henry David Thoreau Paula Priour 10 and 11 Priour Lesson Plan English
Thoreau’s Rhetoric in Civil Disobedience Rebecca Randolph 11 and 12 Randolph Lesson Plan English
Citizens of Concord! Sophocles’ Antigone and Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” John Rearick 10 and 12 Rearick Lesson Plan English
Podcasting Like Thoreau Kim Rott  12 Rott Lesson Plan English
Obey or Rebel: Obeying Authority or One’s Conscience after reading Antigone and “Civil Disobedience” Ryan Smith  9, 11, 12 Smith Lesson Plan English
A Dead Cat at Last: Connecting Thoreau’s Resistance to Dystopian Text Michael Arthur Soares 11 and 12 Soares Lesson Plan English
The Individual and Society Crystal Spackman 11 and 12 Spackman Lesson Plan English
Transcendentalism’s Enduring Principles Lyndsay Thompson 10 and 11 Thompson Lesson Plan
Walden as Performance Art? Anne Wenzel 7 – 12 Wenzel Lesson Plan Creative Writing
Being Awake, Aware, and Alive Gary Wyss 8 – 12 Wyss Lesson Plan English
A Multimodal Urban Walden Courtney Beavan 6 and 7 Beaven Lesson Plan Science
Repurposing and Old book into Something New – A Nature Journal! Beverly Black 4 Black Lesson plan Elementary
Observing and Measuring with Thoreau Elizabeth Jorden 5 Jorden Lesson Plan Elementary
Awake, Aware, Alive Danny Carratala 6 Carratala Lesson Plan  English Lanuage Arts
Living Deliberately – Thoreau Stephanie Dixon 7 Dixon Lesson Plan  English Language Arts
Practiving Simplicity (And Planting a Seed) Elizabeth Ellingson 6 Ellingson Lesson Plan English Language Arts
Hearing that Different Drummer Josh Gilgoff 6, 7, 8 Gilgoff Lesson Plan English Language Arts
Journal Unit Jeannine Mendoza 7 Mendoza Lesson Plan  Language Arts/Social Studies
Using Thoreau’s Words and Way of Living to Inspire Creativity in our Writing Kerri Packwood 6 Packwood Lesson Plan English Lanuage Arts
Using Paired Passages to contemplate “Hearing that Different Drummer” Anne Pennypacker 8 Pennypacker Lesson Plan English Lanuage Arts
Living in Nature Danielle Snyder 7 and 8 Snyder Lesson Plan Humanities
My Wild Life: Choosing Individualism in Society Vanessa Carroll 7 Carroll Lesson Plan English
Living in Society: Conforming to Expectations Kaytlin Yachim 6 Yachim Lesson Plan English
Living in Society: Global Citizenship Catherine Christensen 3 – 5 Christense Lesson Plan Elementary
Thoreau’s Relationship with Nature Clara Defilippis 4 Defilippis Lesson Plan Elementary
The Concord Landscapes and Legacy of Henry David Thoreau Jacqueline Gregory Pre K – 4 Gregory Lesson Plan Elementary
Thoreau and His Work Jodie Lang 4 Lang Lesson Plan Elementary
Portraying Nature: Deliberate art making inspired by the writing of Henry Thoreau Elizabeth Sobkiw-Williams K – 5 Sobkiw-Williams Lesson Plan Visual Arts
Living in Nature: Looking at the Natural World with both “scientist eyes” and “poet’s eyes.” Rosemary Barilla 4 Barilla Lesson Plan Elementary
Living in Nature: Where is my Walden Pond? Randolph Costilow

2 – 6


Costilow Lesson Plan Elementary
Henry David Thoreau: Place, People, Purpose Ted Donahue 5 Donahue Lesson Plan Elementary
Hearing that Different Drummer: Henry Builds a Cabin Tina Genay Pre K – 4 Genay Lesson Plan Elementary
Choosing Life with Principle Katie Hartman 3 – 5 Hartman Lesson Plan Elementary
Living Deliberately: Henry Hikes to Fitchuburg Aimee Levesque 2 Levesque Lesson Plan Elementary
Choosing Life with Principle: How can we do routine tasks in more mindful, conscious way? Elaine Phipps 5 Phipps Lesson Plan Elementary
How does paying more attention to our world change our writing? Annmarie Rad 3 – 5 Rad Lesson Plan Elementary
Henry David Thoreau at a Primary Level Zamaria Rocio K – 1 Rocio Lesson Plan Elementary