Juniors: Concluding The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail and Considering Civil Disobedience

The juniors in Room G17 will finish their read aloud of the play, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail. In the spirit of individualism, students will choose their assessment. Each student will pick one of the key transcendental ideas and trace it’s development over the course of the play. They can present their work in any way they choose: essay, graphic organizer, comic.

After finishing our work with this play, students will begin to read and analyze an excerpt from Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience.” As we continue our study of this text into next week, students will consider Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil disobedience and analyze the Black Lives Matter movement.

Parents, how can you help?

  • Students know the quiz prompt before the quiz. The full assignment description and rubric can be found in the online agenda. The night before the quiz, help them think through an idea.
  • For this week’s article of the week, students will need to print two articles related to the Black Lives Matter movement. The articles should feature different perspectives. From previous conversations, it’s clear that students have strong opinions about this topic. Talk to your child about their perspective and challenge them to consider all possibilities that way they come to class with an open mind, ready to talk respectfully and informatively about the topic.