Essential Question: How can creating and defending in-depth questions about your reading give you deeper insights into Thoreau's Walden?
1. Journal: Prisoner
Write for 10 minutes.
2. Introduction to Henry David Thoreau and Walden
3. Review Thoreau Day 1 Presentation for Vocabulary help and define the following vocabulary words:
4. Read: From Walden (Chapter 2, "Where I Lived and What I Lived For) by Henry David Thoreau
5. In your groups, discuss each of the three sections of this text and generate one question that helps you gain deeper insights into your reading.
To generate strong questions:
- Choose a quote from the text
- Restate this quote in your own words
- Form your question based on this quote
When Thoreau writes, “At a certain season we are accustomed to consider every spot as a possible site for a house,” he seems to be saying that anywhere you are you can live. Is he being literal or figurative?
Write one question for each section (three total) of your text.
For each question, include a defense of why this is a strong question that helps readers gain deeper insights into the text.
To create your defense:
- State your question
- Explain your question
- Explain what the reader gains from answering this question
This is a strong question because it forces readers to look at the ideas Thoreau might be getting at beyond simply thinking about building a house. We all know that great writers often time mean both what they are saying (literal) and what they are implying (figurative). By answering this question we might get a deeper insight into Thoreau’s ideas of here and home.
6. Now, transform your question into a statement. Do this for each question.
Thoreau is being both literal and figurative when he writes about a site for building a house. Thoreau introduces the second chapter of his master work by writing, “At a certain season we are accustomed to consider every spot as a possible site for a house.
- Journal: Prisoner
- 3 Questions + Defense + Statement