Teacher Lesson Plans from 2017

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 2017 Lesson Plans

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Lesson Title
Teacher Name
Grade Level Taught
Link to LessonCourse Subject
 Hearing that Different Drummer Joanna Joaquin 5 -8 Joaquin Lesson Plan Administrator
 Being Awake, Aware, and Alive Carolyn Smiley 10 Smiley Lesson Plan American Literature
 Living in Society Liz Sokolov 10 – 12 Sokolov Lesson Plan American Literature
 Transcendentalism Justin Schlicher 11 and 12 Schlicher Lesson Plan American Literature
 Being Awake, Aware, and Alive Cara Lane 11 Lane Lesson Plan
Essay Grading Plan
 American Literature
Examining Desperate and Deliberate LivesLisa Neu11Neu Lesson PlanAmerican Literature
 Reconciling Society Mary Rose O’Shea 12 O’Shea Lesson Plan AP Literature & Composition
 Walden to Chinatown Wei Liu 9-12 Liu Lesson Plan Chinese
 Being Awake, Aware, and Alive Marie Meyer 12 Meyer Lesson Plan Creative Nonfiction
 Living Deliberately Damian Ubriaco 10 and 11 Ubriaco Lesson Plans English
 Living Deliberately Erik Borne 10 and 12Borne Lesson Plan English
 Being Awake, Aware, and Alive Emily Ray 10 Ray Lesson Plan  English
 Living in Nature Gregory Brandt 10-12 Brandt Lesson Plan English
 Nature Journal Damian Ubriaco 11 Ubriaco Lesson Plans English
 Do You Keep a Journal Christine Traxler 11 and 12 Traxler Lesson Plan English
 Finding the Right Space Darrin Berard 11 and 12Berard Lesson Plan English
 Examining Desperate and Deliberate Lives Jill Mollenhauer 11 and 12 Mollenhauer Lesson Plan English
 Being Awake, Aware, and Alive Sandra Caroscio 11 and 12 Caroscio Lesson Plan English
 Walking Damian Ubriaco 11 and 12 Ubriaco Lesson Plans English
 Lyceum Damian Ubriaco 11 and 13 Ubriaco Lesson Plans English
 Curating and Exhibit Damian Ubriaco 11 and 14 Ubriaco Lesson Plans English
 Observations and Descriptive Writing Annette Luongo 3 Luongo ODW Lesson Plan English
 Home Poetry Maria Gross 7 MGross HP Lesson Plan English
 Living and Writing Deliberately Winifred Dick 8-12 WDick Lesson Plan English
 Examining Desperate and Deliberate Lives Erin Haemker 9-11 Haemker Lesson Plan English
 Present Moment Damian Ubriaco 9 and 11 Ubriaco Lesson Plans English
 Radicalizing and Idea: Thoreau, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X Robin Flattery  9 and 11 Flattery Lesson Plan English
 Being Awake, Aware, and Alive Arielle Trager 9, 10, and 12 Trager Lesson Plan English
 Writing as a way of Being Awake, Aware and Alive Liza Birnbaum 9-12 Birnbaum Lesson Plan English
 Living and Writing Deliberately Bonnie Klatt High School Klatt Lesson Plan English
 When is it Right to do the Wrong Thing Stacey Callaway 6 Callaway Lesson Plan English
 Calculating Life Cost Brian Scannell 9-12 Scannell Lesson Plan English and History
 Ideas for Teaching the Legacy of Henry David Thoreau Elizabeth Levinson 10-12 Levinson Lesson Plan English and Literature
 Living in Society Lauren Farber 9-12 Farber Lesson Plan English and Literature
 How can where we are change who we are? and What is Justice? Alicia Serafin 5 Serafin Lesson Plan English as a Second Language
 Choosing a Life with Principle Nadyne Shimada 11 and 12 Shimada Lesson Plan English Language Arts
 Seeing the Life That Surrounds Us Shirley Daniels 6 Daniels Lesson Plan English Language Arts
 Practicing Simplicity Penny Kinchen 8 Kinchen Lesson Plan English Language Arts
 Concord and Thoreau Robin Fogel-Shrive 9 and 11 Fogel-Shrive Lesson Plan English Language Arts
 Henry David Thoreau Kathy Weingand 9-11 Weingand Lesson Plan

Weingand Slides

 English Language Arts
 We All Beat to Our Own Drums Jennifer Surgenor 2 – 5 Surgenor Lesson Plan
Surgenor Questionairre
Thoreau Drummer Quote
 Magnify Your Mind with the Private Eye Ashley Barefoot 4 – 5Barefoot Lesson Plan Gifted Education
 Using Walking to Strengthen Our Writing Clara Talley 7 Talley Lesson Plan Gifted Education English
 Choosing a Life with Principle Jake Rhoades 11 Rhoades Lesson Plan History
Living in SocietyRobert Pickup11 Pickup Lesson Plan History
Choosing a Life with PrincipleKathryn Clark7 and 8 Clark Lesson Plan History
Examining Desperate and Deliberate LivesBarbara Whitlock9 and 11 Whitlock Lesson Plan History
PoetryMark Bauer9 and 11 Bauer Lesson Plan
Bauer Found Poem
PoetryJanelle Ehrhardt11History, Government/Economics
Learning From and With Henry David ThoreauRachel Nichols8 Nichols Lesson PlanHumanities
Thoreau as EngineerMary ZdrojewskiPK – 12Zdrojewski Lesson PlanInformation Literacy
Journaling for Self DiscoveryJennifer Markert9 – 12 Markert Lesson PlanJournaling to Self Discovery
Living in SocietyThomas Fabian9 – 12 Fabian Lesson PlanLanguage and Composition
Being Awake, Aware, and AliveBeth Curtin7 Curtin Lesson PlanLanguage Arts
Being Awake, Aware, and AliveElizabeth Curtin7 E.Curtin Lesson PlanLanguage Arts
“Economy” as an Introduction to WaldenDonna Przybojewski8 Przybojewski Lesson Plan Part I
Przybojewski Lesson Plan Part II
Przbojewski Lesson Plan Images (Pending)
Przybojewski worksheet
Language Arts
Be Awake, Be Aware, Be AliveSusan RichardsonK – 2 Richardson Lesson PlanLibrary Skills
Being Awake, Aware, and AliveNancy LoggheK – 5 Logghe Lesson PlanLibrary Skills
The Literary GardenRobyn Dyba11 and 12 Dyba Lesson PlanLiterature
Living DeliberatelyJamie Gowdy9, 11, and 12 Gowdy Lesson PlanLiterature
“Simply” Area and Perimeter – Math with ThoreauLori Holquin3 Holguin Lesson PlanMath
 Introducing Thoreau’s Concepts to Low Incidence Special Education Students Through a Read Aloud of the Book Wonder Cynthia Geesey 3 – 5 Geesey ITC Lesson Plan Multiple Subjects
 Wonder Cynthia Geesey 3 – 5  Multiple Subjects
 Getting on the Right Track Kathryn Hammel 4 – 6Hammel GRT Lesson Plan 
Hammel Part I
Hammel P. II
Hammel P. III
 Multiple Subjects
 Being Awake, Aware, and Alive Theresa Roh 5 Roh Lesson Plan Multiple Subjects
 Being Awake, Aware, and Alive Beth Corey 6 Corey Lesson Plan Multiple Subjects
 Learning How to be Present in a World of Stimulation Kelly Matthews K – 5 Matthews Lesson Plan Multiple Subjects
 Practicing Simplicity Kate Rapp 7 Rapp Lesson Plan Reading English
 Science-Based Journaling Anita Oudega 4 – 6 Oudega Lesson Plan Science
Look Closely at your HomeLaura Glismann8 Glismann Lesson PlanScience
Alive Awake Alert: Journaling in Nature and Nature WritingJoseph Grissom9 – 12 Grissom JNN Lesson PlanScience
Alive Awake Alert: ObservationJoseph Grissom9 – 12 Grissom Obs. Lesson PlanScience
Native Americans & ThoreauAnnette Luongo3 Luongo NAT Lesson PlanSocial Studies
Being Awake, Aware, and AliveAgatha WozniakHigh School Wozniak BAA&A Lesson PlanSocial Studies
Living in NatureAgatha WozniakHigh SchoolWozniak LiN Lesson PlanSocial Studies
Examining Desperate and Deliberate LivesAgatha WozniakHigh SchoolWozniak ED&DL Lesson PlanSocial Studies
A Life of PrincipleAgatha WozniakHigh SchoolWozniak LoPr Lesson PlanSocial Studies
Intro to JournalingCarol Grossi5 Grossi Lesson PlanSocial Studies and English Arts
Artists in NatureMarisa Flint9 – 12 Flint Lesson PlanVisual art
 Sketching Deliberately Lynn Miller 10 Miller Lesson Plan Visual art