by Henry David Thoreau from Walden
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was a noted American writer, philosopher, and essayist. His 1854 book, "Walden," explores his experiment in living a simplified life in the woods as a way to explore his inner self. He lived in the woods for two years. This passage reflects upon his selection of a place to live and why he wanted to live simply. Students will read the passage and write their thoughts on what some of Thoreau's statements mean.