Tuesday, December 4

Tuesday, December 4

Read Tallgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

We will be talking about how the Remembrance Day went. Come prepared to hand in:

1) Fact sheet for your species
2) Reflection paper in which you discuss
  • Your process for researching the species you chose
  • The conversations you had with people about your species on Remembrance Day
  • What activities you helped out with and participated in
  • Your reflections on the goals of Remembrance Day and whether or not they were achieved
  • Feedback for the Remembrance Day committee. What things would you recommend for next year?
Tuesday will be our last day of class. You can make an appointment with me at this link. All appointments will be held in my office, 105 Moon Library.

Note: All the artwork and posters from Remembrance Day is piled in my office so come pick it up if you'd like it back. If you've got something you'd like to donate (to be displayed next year), perhaps write up an index card with your name and some info about the piece.

Reminders for Thursday

1) We will meet in Gateway instead of our classroom.
2) Dress as if you were attending a funeral in your culture.
3) Wear your name tag and be prepared to talk about the species you chose. Bring your fact sheets.
4) Bring “colorful trash” (such as candy wrappers) to Gateway for the collaborative art project.
5) Bring something to add to the Remembrance Circle in Bray. (A pinecone, a photo, a poem — offerings that you don’t want back.)
6) If you have a poster or piece of art or poem you want to exhibit, bring it to the Extinction Gallery in Moon 110. Please try to add your art or poster early in the day (any time after 8 am) even if you are in my later class.
7) I will have schedules that you can carry around to help guide people.

If you don't remember what you promised to help out with, here are the sign-up sheets.

This is our first time putting on this event, so be prepared to be flexible and help out wherever you can. If you’ve designed a game to play, you can probably just move a table in Gateway — or sit on the floor in Bray Rotunda — or sit outside the Extinction Gallery in Moon. If you want to play a recording on your phone, you can likely do that in Bray Rotunda at the Remembrance Circle. Figure out what your creative contribution is — and then just figure out where to fit it in.

Remember, too, this is a community event, so go out of your way to talk to people and get them into a discussion about what the purpose of the day is.

Rest of the semester

Tuesday, November 27

Come to class prepared to present to the rest of the class.

1) You should have a fact sheet about your species. (Yes, print it out.) Be sure to include facts that will make people care about the species -- and facts that explain why it's endangered or extinct.
2) You should be ready to talk knowledgeably about your species.
3) You should have at least one creative element to contribute.

Tuesday will be our practice for Thursday, so come to class prepared.

Here's the facebook page for Remembrance Day at ESF. Be sure to go "like" the page.

Note: The collaborative mural that we're making will be made out of trash. So start saving colorful trash (for example, candy wrappers) and bring it to class on Tuesday.

Thursday, November 29

Remembrance Day for Lost Species
We will meet over in Gateway, and then go off to different sites.
Here are the sign-up sheets.

Tuesday, December 4

We will be talking about how the Remembrance Day went. Come prepared to hand in:

1) Fact sheet for your species
2) Reflection paper in which you discuss

  • Your process for researching the species you chose
  • The conversations you had with people about your species on Remembrance Day
  • What activities you helped out with and participated in
  • Your reflections on the goals of Remembrance Day and whether or not they were achieved
  • Feedback for the Remembrance Day committee


Week 12

Tuesday, November 13
During class, hand in your portfolio. It should include:
  • Final draft of your formal paper 
  • Five short papers (#7-11)
  • A paragraph about your writing process
Bring your laptops! We will work on the Remembrance Day projects. I should have more information and sign-up sheets.

Thursday, November 15
No class. Janine is in Toronto for a conference.

Work on your Remembrance Day projects. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, you need to come to class ready to present.

1) You should have a fact sheet about your species. (Yes, print it out.) Be sure to include facts that will make people care about the species -- and facts that explain why it's endangered or extinct.
2) You should be ready to talk knowledgeably about your species.
3) You should have at least one creative element to contribute.

Tuesday will be our practice for Thursday, so come to class prepared.

Here's the facebook page for Remembrance Day at ESF.

Note: The collaborative mural that we're making will be made out of trash. So start saving colorful trash.

Week 11

Tuesday, November 6
Bring to class a rough draft of your formal paper. We will be doing peer review.
Bring two copies if you want to increase the number of people who will read it.
The final draft (with your portfolio) is due on Tuesday, November 13.

We have begun to choose endangered or extinct species for our Remembrance Day project.
Go to THIS LINK to join a group or claim a species.
We'll finish getting into groups in class.

Thursday, November 8
Do some research on your extinct/endangered species and bring it to class.
Be prepared to explain where you got your information from and why you think it's credible.

Bring your laptops. We will begin working on the assignment.


Week 10

Tuesday,  October 30
Work Day! Bring your laptop and whatever else you need to work on your papers.
A rough draft is due on Tuesday, November 6.

Thursday, November 1
I'm not giving a writing assignment for Thursday because you should be busy working on your formal papers. But we do have class.

We'll be doing an interactive exercise in class.

Week 9

Tuesday Oct 23
For Short Paper #11, let’s do another experiment. You can choose to:
1)Spend some time (at least an hour) on your computer or
2)Spend some time (at least an hour) outdoors somewhere, preferably in as wild a place as you can get. The cemetery can work.

During that hour, think about what kinds of things you learn from being on the computer or being in nature. Your short paper should be a reflection on either

a) things I learn from the computer or
b) things I learn from nature

Be prepared to read these papers aloud in class on Tuesday.

We will also begin brainstorming topics for your next formal paper so start thinking about that.


Thursday Oct 25
Elevator Pitch due.

Here is the official assignment.

Your rough draft will be due Tuesday, November 6.
The final draft  will be due Tuesday, November 13.