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A Sense of Place Collage Essay
Kathleen Byrd, South Puget Sound Community College
The "collage essay" is a formal writing assignment for English 101. The "collage" format of this paper offers students the opportunity to explore a sense of place from multiple perspectives without needing to demonstrate a stance as is usually expected in a thesis-driven essay.
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Campus, Home/Backyard
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice
The Sustainability of Place: Making Scholarship Public
Jill Gatlin, University of Washington
Students are assigned to observe and research a local place of their choosing and to develop a unique analytical argument about the social and/or ecological sustainability of this space. The final project is a pamphlet directed to a public audience accompanied by a proposal for its production and distribution.
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Human Impact & Footprint, Ecosystem Health, Social & Environmental Justice
What's Up With Your Stuff?
Holly Hughes, Edmonds Community College
Through a quarter-long series of assignments students determine their ecological footprint and explore their relationship with consumer culture. Students are given an opportunity to participate in a "service-learning" activity.
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Ecosystem Health, Human Impact & Footprint, Lifestyles & Consumption, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice
Investigating Local Food: Meet Your Washington Farmers
June Johnson Bube, Seattle University
This assignment sequence seeks to stimulate students' thinking and writing about food production in the western Washington bioregion through a series of activities combining readings, class discussion, fieldwork, and writing assignments. Collaborative work in and outside of class culminates in students' interviewing local farmers and vendors at farmers markets and writing a surprising informative essay.
Bioregion Scale: Campus, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Social & Environmental Justice, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Food Systems & Agriculture, Ecosystem Health, Human Health & Wellbeing
Twenty Miles from Tomorrow: Examining the Past, Present and Future of the Lower Kuskokwim River Delta
Lauren McClanahan, Western Washington University
This project involves pairing pre-service teachers with students in the rural Alaskan village of Eek in Southwestern, Alaska. By creating effective writing prompts, the pre-service teachers hope to better understand how climate change is affecting the people of this region.
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Climate Change, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Ecosystem Health
Mapping Place, Writing Home: Using Interactive Compositions On and Off the Trail
Kate Reavey, Peninsula College
Students will choose a physical place to study, a site that is close enough to visit at least four times during the quarter/semester. Using writing prompts, text-based research, and close observations in the "field" (the chosen place), students will create a "mashup" of spatially referenced pop-up balloons. These will include researched and narrative prose, citations and links, and some visual images, embedded into a map via Google Earth technology. Through this unique presentation, the research and writing can encourage viewers to better understand the place they have chosen to study.
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Food Systems & Agriculture, Ecosystem Health, Social & Environmental Justice, Pollution & Waste, Lifestyles & Consumption, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Cultures & Religions, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Sense of Place, Human Impact & Footprint
Story as a Place Happening Many Times: Imaginative Writing Activity
Nancy Pagh, Western Washington University
Students are encouraged to perceive specific locations within our bioregion as having a life that includes past, present, and future. These activities present ideas for wedding the teaching of "craft" with the teaching of sustainability.
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Sense of Place, Ecosystem Health
Welcome to My Home
Matt Teorey, Peninsula College
Students are encouraged through writing and research activities to discover a greater sense of place and express their increased awareness of local ecosystems and cultural communities.
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Cultures & Religions, Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Human Health & Wellbeing
Our World, Our Selves
Tim Walsh, South Seattle Community College
Students will understand how ethics and psycho-emotional factors influence our relationship to and our use of the natural world. Students will read, mark, and summarize text and will use writing as a tool to explore the connections between ethics, psychology, and sustainability.
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Food Systems & Agriculture, Cultures & Religions, Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Impact & Footprint, Social & Environmental Justice, Pollution & Waste
Extending "The Land Ethic" and The Golden Rule to the Whole Biotic Community
Don Foran, The Evergreen State College and Centralia College
A component of an Introduction to Ethics course involving research and reporting on a specific sustainability issue. The class presentation will help the student think about extending Leopold's "Land Ethic" and "The Golden Rule" to the whole biotic community.
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Human Impact & Footprint, Ethics & Values, Social & Environmental Justice