"Weather some merry snow-storms!" This winter invite your students to explore Walden Pond and keep company with Thoreau and his literary neighbors in Concord, Massachusetts including Louisa May Alcott, of Little Women fame!
"At this season I seldom had a visitor. When the snow lay deepest no wanderer ventured near my house for a week or fortnight at a time, but there I lived as snug as a meadow mouse...But no weather interfered fatally with my walks, or rather my going abroad, for I frequently ramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines..." Walden - Chapter 14
Join Thoreau for a winter stroll in Walden Woods“through the powdery snow, warmed by an inward heat....” These words come from an essay he published in 1843, in the transcendentalist literary magazine the Dial, "A Winter Walk" is available from EDSITEment reviewed Library of America Story of the Week. By that time, Thoreau had developed “his naturalistic writing in the direction it later took in Walden” according to the EDSITEment-reviewed resource Poetry Foundation’s - biographical entry on Thoreau.
Experience EDSITEment’s interactive, Thoreau’s Circle: Who’s Who in Transcendentalism, which introduces students to Henry David Thoreau, his retreat in the woods by Walden Pond and his connections with leading members of the transcendental movement.
Friends... they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams.
Henry David Thoreau
For more background on this seminal American poet and his influence of his writimg check out these EDSITEment-reviewed resources:
Thoreau Reader Annotated works of Henry David Thoreau and an extensive resource list on his life and works. Teaching Thoreau feature with further resources.
The Writings of Henry David Thoreau funded by NEH which provides, for the first time, accurate texts of Thoreau's complete works: his writings for publication, his Journal, his correspondence, and other uncollected papers. Reflections on Walden, written in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Thoreau's move to Walden Pond. Tune into this Brief Video of Walden Pond
American Transcendentalism Web A collection of critical essays on the principles of the American transcendentalist movement, including its roots & influences and authors & texts.
The Louisa May Alcott Society ,a scholarly organization devoted to her life and works. NEH funded PBS documentary, Louisa May Alcott, the Real Woman Who Wrote Little Women, provides a multimedia resource for students.