Week 5

Tues/Wed Sept 23/24
Bring to class a rough draft of your paper. We will be doing peer review. It would help if you could bring 2 copies of your paper.

If during your research you run across articles you want us all to read or clips on youtube, put them on twitter with #nifkin

More about the formal paper:

Writing Center: We have a writing center on campus. It's in the basement of Moon Library. You can bring a draft of your paper there and ask a writing consultant for one-on-one help with your writing. This service is free -- so take advantage of it. Go here for more info or to make an appointment.

Documentation: Yes, you need to use in-text citations, plus a Works Cited page at the end so that we know where you got your information from. I encourage you to use APA because that's what is used most often on this campus. (Likely you used MLA in high school.) You can find APA guidelines on page 161 in the Pocket Wadsworth handbook. Or if you prefer an online source, check out the Purdue Online Writing Lab: you can begin here and here.

Who am I writing for? Your short papers have been written for the rest of the class. You can think of people like us as your audience for the formal paper, but pretend that you haven't ever met us. Therefore, you will need to be a little more formal than you are in the short papers. If you bring up something we read in class, you can't assume that your readers have read it. You also can't assume that all of your readers are taking biology and chemistry and care about environmental issues -- you have to explain scientific terms if you use them and make us care about the issues.

Wednesday, September 24 at 7:30 pm in Gateway
A talk by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
If you have lab/work/class and can't make the talk, you can watch this clip on youtube.

Also on Thursday: we've been invited to play a short version of #TvsZ. Here's the link: we should talk about this in class to see if we want to participate. It would be a good way to learn how to use twitter so I'm thinking we should play.

Thurs/Fri Sept 25/26 
Come to class with another draft of your paper. You can bring it on paper or on your laptop.

If you are in a Tues/Thurs section, the final draft is due Friday September 26 by noon. Put the your folder in the box outside my office in 105 Moon Library.

If you are in my MWF section, the final draft is due Monday September 29 by noon. Put your folder in the box outside my office in 105 Moon Library.

Your folder should contain:
-- six short papers
-- your formal paper
-- one paragraph about your class participation

Lastly, make an appointment to meet me next week. Sign up here.

Week 4

First, be sure that you've gone on twitter and searched #nifkin to see if anyone has posted anything interesting. By now, you should have an account (with a photo and not just the generic egg photo), you should know how to reply to someone, how to search a hashtag, how to favorite something, and how to retweet something. If you need help with any of these things, bring your laptop to class and I can help you during the early part of class while everyone is reading papers. Asking for help is a smart way to learn. Also, if you want to see the archive of our intros, go here.

The students in California are using #wsp101 for their hashtag. So search that hashtag if you want to see what they are doing. I think that after they saw our intros, they were planning to do the same.

Here are the assignments for the week:

Tues/Wed September 16/17

Read "These Green Things: the San Francisco Garden Project" by Catherine Sneed on page 244. I decided to skip ahead because at least one of my classes got into a big discussion about prisons. You can check out their webpage too.
Write Short Paper #6

In class we will brainstorm ideas for your first formal paper.

Wednesday evening September 17
We'll be holding our first twitter chat Wednesday night from 8 -- 9 pm.
Remember to use #nifkin for every tweet you add to the conversation.
One of my students from last year will be running the @follownifkin account.

The most important advice I can give you about a twitter chat
comes from Jesse Stommel: "Revel in the chaos."

We'll talk more about this in class. Here's the link: bit.ly/Ecogames
You can promote the chat by tweeting that link on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Thurs/Fri September 18/19
Bring to class the elevator pitch for your formal paper.

The rough draft of the paper will be due on Mon/Tues of next week, and you will be handing in the final draft by Friday at noon.

Week 3

Sept 8/9 Mon/Tues
Read "Got Tape?" by BK Loren, p 43.
Read "A License to Be Human: An Interview with Van Jones" p 53.
Write Short paper #4

Wednesday Twitter Madness:
Before midnight on Wednesday, go on twitter and introduce yourself to the world. Your tweet should contain a photo or a link to something plus some info about yourself. You need to use #nifkin so we can all find you. Once you've introduced yourself, search #nifkin so that you can see everyone else's tweets. Use the "favorite" function to favorite tweets that you like and use the "reply" function to say something to anyone who has a particularly interesting tweet.

NOTE: Your account can't be locked -- or else we won't see it.

SOME EXAMPLES: Click here to see how students introduced themselves last spring.

ALSO: If you plan to use twitter mostly on your phone, you will want to use an app like Hootsuite. For some reason, the twitter app won't show you all your tweets. I know, it's weird.

Sept 10/11 Wed/Thurs
Read "Conservation Refugee" by Mark Dowie, p 65
Write Short paper #5

If you have time, check out 350.org

Yes, Eustace B. Nifkin has a facebook page. You can friend Nifkin here.

About grades: Several people have asked whether or not the short papers count towards your grade. The answer is yes, of course they do. On September 24/25, you will be handing in your manilla folder. That folder will contain six short papers, your first formal paper, and a reflective statement in which you write about your participation in the class (which includes things like twitter). I will read through the portfolio. Then you will have a 15-minute conference with me to talk it over, and you will get a grade that's based on everything you've done. That will be your Unit One grade.

Week 2

For Tues/Wed, September 2/3

Read "Reinhabiting Environmentalism" by Peter Sauer on page 5 of the anthology The Future of Nature. Then write Short Paper #2 -- a response to that essay. (For those of you who don't have your book yet, I did put a copy of it on reserve in Moon Library.) You should think of the short papers as a way of adding to the conversation we'll be having about the reading. Click here for more about short papers.

Read "Freewriting" by Peter Elbow.

If you don't have a twitter account, go to twitter.com and create one. You need to put at least your first name on the account so that we know who you are. Click here for more about twitter.

Some accounts to follow once you are on twitter:
Janine DeBaise @writingasjoe   (me)
Eustace B. Nifkin @follownifkin  (ESF's unofficial, legendary student)

If you want to bring laptops on Tuesday/Wednesday, we can spend the last ten minutes of class experimenting with twitter — and trading twitter handles so that we can follow each other.

Note: If you are using your twitter account for class, it can't be a protected account.

For Thurs/Fri, September 4/5

Read "Beyond Hope" by Derrick Jensen, page 27.
Read "The Union Makes Them Strong" by Laura Paskus, page 32.
Write Short Paper #3

Also, go look at this comic from XKCD.

And if you don't know who Eustace B. Nifkin is, check out this blog post and this one.

Week One: Assignment for Wed/Thurs, Aug 27/28

Short Paper #1 is due.

Choose something that could be a symbol of your home community. Write a short essay (probably 400-500 words) in which you describe the symbol and explain how it represents your home community.

Your audience for this first paper are the other 20 people in the classroom. To cater to that audience, you will want to include interesting and specific details.

Most students can fit a "short paper" onto a single piece of paper by single-spacing between lines but double-spacing between paragraphs. Yes, you do need to type short papers.

I will warn you that I will be asking you to read this first short paper aloud.

You will also want to make sure you've bought the book The Future of Nature. In addition, click the link on the sidebar that says First Week Readings and check those links out. In fact, you should scroll through this blog and read everything. Then ask me if you have any questions.