After students have read selections from Thoreau's works, have them write about how Americans should properly "use" nature and lead their lives. Have them share their own beliefs regarding wilderness, technology, progress, success, and independent thinking. Offer them several Thoreau quotations with which to agree or disagree.
Have students cite recent instances of "civil disobedience" in the news. Discuss why individuals found it important to break the law and whether their action was justified. Debate the effectiveness of these instances of civil disobedience.
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