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lesson 6
1 hour

Emergence of Central Ideas


In this lesson, students read part 1, paragraphs 3–4 of Henry David Thoreau’s essay “Civil Disobedience.” In these paragraphs, Thoreau introduces and develops his ideas about the need for a better government. Students identify central ideas that emerge in the first 4 paragraphs of the essay and analyze how these ideas interact and build on one another. Students also discuss how Bhutto and Thoreau develop a similar central idea in both “Ideas Live On” and “Civil Disobedience.”


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