Through the Foothills with a Flock of Sheep
by John Muir from My First Summer in the Sierra
Chapter I passage: John Muir was founder of the Sierra Club and a noted American naturalist. As a young man in 1869, he spent the summer exploring the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains with shepherds taking a flock of sheep to a high pasture. This passage is from his diary of that summer which was published in 1911. Students will read the passage and answer questions on the language Muir uses and the central idea.