Week 9

Tuesday Oct 25
I think for Tuesday, we should do an experiment.
For Short Paper #10, do some research on the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Find out what you can about it. Write a short paper that will contribute to a discussion about the Pipeline. 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?

Thursday Oct 27
Elevator Pitch due. We will talk about this in class on Tuesday.

Here is the official assignment.
But I'm going to encourage you to think about how you might re-interpret that assignment. You can write an essay -- or you could do a podcast, make a video, or present the information in some other form.

Your rough draft (of the essay or the script) will be due Tuesday, November 8. The final draft (or completed project, whatever it may look like) will be due Tuesday, November 15.

Week 8

Tuesday, October 18
Read "Charlotte's Webpage" by Lowell Monke, page 194.
Write Short Paper #9

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. 

Twitter Chat
Tuesday, 10 - 11 pm EST.
Join the chat by using #nifkin
I would recommend participating on a computer rather than a phone and using an app like tweetdeck.

Our topic is education. How can we change education to help ensure that students become environmentally conscious?

Thursday, October 20
Some of you have argued that I shouldn't give a reading assignment for Thursday because the twitter chat is your homework assignment. So -- just come to class on Thursday. Bring pen and paper. We'll do some writing exercises, and we'll talk about the twitter chat.

Week 7

Be sure to check out our CONVA.
If you need an appointment with me, go here.

Tuesday, October 11
Read Playing for Keeps by Derrick Jensen
Watch on youtube: Reclaiming the Honorable Harvest by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Write Short Paper #7

Thursday, October 13
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

Two things going on this week:

1) Conferences
No class. We will not meet in the classroom during the week of October 3. Instead, you will be each meeting with me individually. If you haven't made an appointment with me (or want to double-check to see when yours is) go 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?

Between Sunday night and Friday at noon, we will be working on a CONVA -- a collaborative essay inside a google doc. It will turn into whatever you want it to be -- but I'm guessing it will end up more like a conversation than a formal essay. Try to go to the Google Doc several times -- to add to the discussion, to read what other people are saying, to add links, to help organize and edit, and to experience the chaos of collaborative writing.

Be sure to sign your name at the bottom after you've contributed to the CONVA.

Also --  share the link on facebook, twitter, or anyplace where we might get some good contributions. Text or email it to friends. Tell your roommate. Tell your Mom. Let's see how many people outside the classroom we can get to participate.

Here's the shorter link to share: bit.ly/WaterEnv

Week 5

Tuesday, September 27
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  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 29
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 31. (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
-- your formal paper (and rough drafts if you'd like to include them)
-- one paragraph about your class participation

During the first week of October, we will have no class. You will be working on an online assignment and you will each have a 15-minute appointment with me. You can make an appointment 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.

I think Ublend has an app for the android now. So be sure to check it out. The secret code for our class is nntnti

Here are the assignments for the week:

Tuesday, September 20
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 22
Bring to class the elevator pitch for your formal paper.

The rough draft of the paper will be due on Tuesday, September 27, and you will be handing in the final draft in your portfolio on Thursday, September 29.

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 13
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 private -- or else we won't see it.

For Thursday, September 15
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. 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 (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.

Update for Ublend: The two British guys say that the app for Android should be out next week. In the meantime, you can access it from your laptops.

ESF's literary magazine 
ESF has a literary magazine, and they're looking for submissions of poetry, prose, artwork, and photography. Check them out here: Unearthed.