Life With Principle: Thoreau's Voice in our Time
Life With Principle: Thoreau's Voice in our Time
Life With Principle: Thoreau's Voice in our Time
Item#: LIF-972-D
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Running Time: 56 minutes
Gr. 6-12
Melvyn Hopper
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"Highly Recommended. A wonderful film...an excellent classroom introduction to Thoreau and his works."
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K-12 Schools, Public Libraries, & Non-Profits: $89
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Life With Principle: Thoreau’s Voice in our Time is an outstanding DVD-ROM presentation developed in cooperation with The Thoreau Society. The centerpiece film is a forthright examination of the life and philosophical legacy of Henry David Thoreau, and its resonance for today on individuality and personal choice.

Noted minds such as Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky insightfully revisit the Thoreau message in a modern context, invoking both personal reflection and passionate discussion.

Developed for today's student, this comprehensive DVD-ROM includes six chaptered and themed sections within the film, and special features which align directly with the included Study Guide and Thoreau Curriculum. Allowing for great flexibility in classroom use, the film can be screened in its entirety or incrementally according to its six thematic chapters, each of which corresponds to sections in both the Study Guide and Thoreau Curriculum.

Each chapter contains a short introduction about Thoreau’s ideas paired with contemporary interviews to spur discussion about the significance of those ideas to our own lives and choices.

Respected teachers, educators, and scholars from 28 U.S. States collaborated to produce more than 100 pages of classroom material, including the following: 6 Curricula for the 6 thematic chapters of the Life With Principle film, a 16-page Study Guide, and a Scholarly Commentary by Dr. Bradley P. Dean. Also included is access to over sixty years of Thoreau studies and publications, via The Thoreau Society Bulletin archives.

In addition to these considerable educational supplements, all of which are accessible on this DVD via the web-enabled ROM functionality, the Life With Principle DVD also includes the following.

DVD Special Features:

Profiles in Civil Disobedience:
- Wangari Maathai
- Tsunesaburo Makiguchi
- Nelson Mandela

• Thoreau’s Concord/Walden Pond: a 12-minute featurette.

• World Leaders: Thoreau’s impact through the eyes of Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Leo Tolstoy, and Daisaku Ikeda.

• The Boatmen, Bill and Ben: an animated short story.