English / Environmental Studies
Using Poetry to Explore the Rhetoric of Environmental Justice part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches:Activities
In this classroom activity, students compare the "Principles of Environmental Justice" as outlined by the National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in 1991 to two poems about damming projects on the Columbia River in the United States ("Grand Coulee Dam" by Woody Guthrie and "The Powwow at the End of the World" by Sherman Alexie). Students read "The Principles" for homework, briefly discuss the definition of environmental justice, and explore how this concept compares to the idea of forgiveness described in Alexie's poem. Finally, students synthesize the two concepts in a brief writing assignment.
Close Readingand Close WritingEnvironmental Justice part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches:Essays
Amanda Hagood, Hendrix College Close Readingand Close WritingEnvironmental Justice As an English teacher equally concerned about the health of our global ecosystem and committed to the concept of ...