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lesson 13
1 hour

Central Idea: Relationship Between Individual and State


In this lesson, students read and analyze part 3, paragraphs 1–8 of Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” in which Thoreau describes his brief stay in Concord jail. Focusing in particular on paragraphs 4 and 6, students participate in an evidence-based discussion and explore how Thoreau’s narrative develops central ideas in the text such as the relationship of the individual to the state.


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