Service-Learning to explore Sustainability
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Service-learning involves volunteering for a non-profit organization or program for a minimum of 20 hours during the quarter. Students will be asked to choose an organization or program that will allow them to explore issues of sustainability. Students will compile a portfolio of writings about their experiences in relation to HIST 214 Pacific Northwest History themes and course information.
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Description and Teaching Materials
The Service-Learning assignment sheet for HIST 214 describes what is entailed. Service-Learning Assignment (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 19kB Jun21 12)
Teaching Notes and Tips
Students should consider journal entries as a form of field notes that should be written down as soon after the volunteer session as possible.
1. students write about their learning and reassess themselves and their goals by comparing their original proposal at the mid-point (first 10 hours of service)
2. students will discuss their experiences with each other for feedback
3. the instructor will read journals and reflections for the first 10 hours and provide written feedback on the writing, content and relevance to the course (specifically historical issues of sustainability)