Week 8

Tuesday, October 17
Read "Speaking of Nature" by Robin Kimmerer.
Write Short Paper #9

Here is an article we talked about in one of my classes:
52 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump

I know that I told some of you that you should be thinking about sentence variety when you write. Here is a pretty clear explanation of what sentence variety is. 

Dress to take a walk in the cemetery.

Thursday, October 19
I think for Thursday, we should do an experiment.
For Short Paper #10, do some research on the Flint Michigan water crisis.
Find out what you can about it. Write a short paper that will contribute to a discussion about the Flint.

Important --> You will need to tell us where you got your information from. But also -- you will have to tell us why you think that source is credible. Analyze the source itself: What's the bias? Does the source employ factcheckers? Is there a person attached to the info? Is that person qualified to give out info? What reputation does the source have?


Week 7

Tuesday, October 10
Read Playing for Keeps by Derrick Jensen
Watch on youtube: Reclaiming the Honorable Harvest by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Write Short Paper #7

Thursday, October 12
Read "Beyond Ecophobia" by David Sobel, page 181.
Listen to this talk: "Changing Education Paradigms" by Sir Ken Robinson

Write Short Paper #8


Week 6

The final draft of your formal paper is due by 5 pm on Saturday, September 30.
Put your folder in the box outside my office in 105 Moon Library. If the door to 105 Moon is closed, just push it open and turn on the light to find the box. Be sure the box has my name on it.

Your folder should contain:
-- six short papers (label them 1-6)
-- your formal paper
-- one paragraph about your class participation

During the first week of October, we will have no class. You will each have a 15-minute appointment with me. You can make an appointment here.

These conferences will take place in my office in 105 Moon Library.

Be prepared to answer these questions:
What’s your biggest strength as a writer?
What do you struggle with?
How will you use writing in your career?


Week 5

Tuesday, September 26
Bring to class a rough draft of your paper. We will be doing peer review, and we will focus on macro-editing. It would help if you could bring 2 copies of your paper.

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  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.

Thursday, September 28
Come to class with another draft of your paper. You can bring it on paper or on your laptop. We will use part of the class to read each other's papers and make micro-editing suggestions.

The final draft is due by 5 pm on Saturday, September 30. (Moon Library closes at 6 pm so you need to get into the library before then.) Put your folder in the box outside my office in 105 Moon Library. If you are satisfied with the copy you bring to class on Thursday, you can hand it in then. If the door to 105 Moon is closed, just push it open and turn on the light to find the box. Be sure the box has my name on it.

Your folder should contain:
-- six short papers (label them 1-6)
-- your formal paper
-- one paragraph about your class participation

During the first week of October, we will have no class. You will each have a 15-minute appointment with me. You can make an appointment here.

Week 4

Tuesday, September 19
Read "These Green Things: the San Francisco Garden Project" by Catherine Sneed on page 244.
You can check out their webpage too.
Read "Forget Shorter Showers" by Derrick Jensen.

Write Short Paper #6

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

Thursday, September 21
Bring to class the elevator pitch for your formal paper.

The rough draft of the paper will be due on Tuesday, September 26, and you will be handing in the final draft in your portfolio on Thursday, September 28.

I would recommend using APA for your citations. You can use the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) as a guide.

Week 3

For Tuesday, September 12
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

For Thursday, September 14
Read "Conservation Refugee" by Mark Dowie, p 65
Write Short paper #5

About grades: Several people have asked whether or not the short papers count towards your grade. The answer is yes, of course they do. At the end of this unit, 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. 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.

If you want to see the grading rubric, it's here.



Week 2

For Tuesday, September 5

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 two copies 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.

For Thursday, September 7

Read "Beyond Hope" by Derrick Jensen, page 27.
Read "The Union Makes Them Strong" by Laura Paskus, page 32.
You can respond to either essay or both -- but be sure to read them both.
Write Short Paper #3

Also, go look at this comic from XKCD.