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Don't Just Do Something, Sit There: Suggestions for Observing in Nature
Jean MacGregor, The Evergreen State College
A workshop for enabling students to sit quietly and observantly in the natural world.
Bioregion Scale: Home/Backyard, Campus, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sense of Place
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: Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Ecosystem Health
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: Local Community/Watershed, Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Human Health & Wellbeing, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Food Systems & Agriculture, Social & Environmental Justice, Ecosystem Health, Sustainability Concepts & Practices
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: Pollution & Waste, Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Impact & Footprint, Food Systems & Agriculture, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Ecosystem Health, Cultures & Religions, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Sense of Place, Social & Environmental Justice
Maps and Legends: (Re)placing Composition
Jared Leising, Cascadia Community College
Because maps tell stories, offer perspectives, and make arguments, maps also act as a metaphor for the writing assignments students are given. The writing that students do in this class creates maps to where students have been (writing stories from memory), where they currently are (writing profiles from observations of places), and where they're headed. This course approaches sustainability from the viewpoint of learning to value the places in which we live through listening to and telling stories about those places.
Bioregion Scale: Campus, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sense of Place, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Cultures & Religions