Volcanoes Writing Assignment

Julia Baldwin
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University of Montana
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Summary

Students write an original work of fiction pertaining to the geology of stratovolcanoes and their eruptive hazards.

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Context

Audience

Introductory Geology for non-majors

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

understanding of stratovolcanoes and their geology and eruptive style.

How the activity is situated in the course

stand-alone exercise

Goals

Content/concepts goals for this activity

volcanoes and volcanic hazards

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

synthesis of ideas, critical thinking

Other skills goals for this activity

writing skills

Description of the activity/assignment

Students write an original work of fiction that includes aspects of the eruptive behavior of stratovolcanoes and the types of hazards that accompany stratovolcano eruptions. These aspects may appear as plot elements, or setting, or in some other fashion. Students must include background information other than their textbooks and must include references.

Determining whether students have met the goals

See grading rubric in attached assignment.

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