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I don't know who this Glen Draeger fellow is, but I can assure you he has never gone walking with me nor have I ever granted him an interview. Don't believe the time travel story.

—Henry David Thoreau

“Civil Disobedience” is one of Thoreau’s most famous essays. Do you need to disobey your government? Need some pointers and motivation? This is the essay for you!


  • Grade Level: 7-12
  • Pages: 92
  • ISBN: 9798849042961
  • Black and White
  • Dimensions: 5″ x 8″


  • The full, unabridged text of Civil Disobedience
  • Introduction
  • Pre-Flight: Before You Read
  • Civil Disobedience
  • Discussion Questions 
  • Wrap Up: After You Read
  • A Note About Wrap-Ups
  • Beware of New Clothes
  • Thoreau Quotes
  • Additional Reading
  • About Glen Draeger

In addition to the unabridged text of Thoreau’s essay, this volume for students in grades 7-12 includes a “Pre-Flight,” a short introduction before reading the essay, a “Wrap-Up”, a more in depth explanation and discussion of the essay, to be read after, along with “Beware of New Clothes”, where Mr. Draeger travels back in time to meet Thoreau with a special guest appearance by Ghandi.

Time machines are not cheap and the maintenance schedule is expensive. So please consider buying more than one copy of this book to help! Also included are open-ended, Socratic discussion questions to help students think more in depth about the essay.

In addition to all this goodness there are some quotes from Thoreau and a list of some of his other writings. The fun just never stops! And it hasn’t stopped yet. Also included are memes. These are not your ordinary, social media memes. Many of them are created so that your students will be exposed to great art. Great literature. Great Art. What could be better? How about memes your students can create? Yes, that’s included too.

And still, there’s more! You’ll want to write home about this one, there’s also a photo of Thoreau! It’s okay, don’t worry about it, you can thank me later.

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