Week Nine

Tuesday March 19 
Watch this video: Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
Watch this TED talk: Recipe for Free Range Learning by Maria Andersen
In your short paper, you can write about the video and the talk, and you can also analyze your own learning process. Where do you get ideas? How do you learn best? Where does writing fit into the learning process?

Short paper #9

Bring laptops to class because you will have some time to work in groups.

If your group wants to host a CONVA or a twitter chat on your topic, sign up with Janine so that we don't have too many things going on each week.

Thursday March 21
Your group should have a website by now. Be sure to add a link here.
Bring laptops to class: we'll look at each other's websites using this checklist.

If you want to look at some student websites from another school, you can find some here.

Your group should be prepared to describe what you are doing for each element
Element One: Tuesday, April 2
Element Two: Tuesday, April 9
Element Three: Tuesday, April 16
Element Four: Tuesday, April 23 

On every Tuesday in April, your group will have to stand in front of the class and tell us (or show us) what your element is that week. Then sometime before noon on Wednesday, you will release the element by tweeting it, using #nifkin

Every Wednesday during April, you will go on twitter, search #nifkin to find your classmates' projects, retweet the ones that you really like, and then write a short paper about one of the projects, responding to the content as if it were an essay in our anthology.

Week Eight

Check out the CONVA. Here is the link: bit.ly/EnvCrisis

Tuesday, March 5

Check out some of the things that students have done in past classes.
Here is the link: Possibilities

Write Short Paper #7
What do you think is the best way to appeal to the general public? How can we educate the public about environmental issues? Which projects or elements do you think worked well?

Bring laptops because you will have some time in class to work in groups.

Twitter Challenge: Make a meme that relates to your group's topic. Post it to twitter and use #nifkin

Tuesday, March 7

Read "Forget Shorter Showers" by Derrick Jensen
Write Short Paper #8

Bring laptops because you will have some time in class to work in groups.

Weeks Six and Seven

Tuesday, February 19
Read The Winter of Our Discontent by Sandra Steingraber.
Short paper #6

Thursday, February 21
Your Unit One Portfolio is due. This includes the final draft of your formal paper.
If you have questions about citation, you can probably find the answers at the Purdue OWL.

Your portfolio should include:
  • Six short papers 
  • Your formal paper
  • reflective statement in which you evaluate your class participation 

Tuesday, February 26 
Thursday, February 28

We will NOT have class the week of February 25th. Instead, you will have time to work on your project with your group, and you will be working on the CONVA.

Each of you will also have a 15-minute conference with me. Make an appointment by writing your name next to a time slot here. Be sure to set an alarm on your phone so that you remember to come to the conference. Conferences will be held in my office, 105 Moon Library.

 Be prepared to answer these questions:
  • What does your writing process look like?
  • What's your strength as a writer? What is the thing you struggle with?
  • How is your group project going?
Participate in the CONVA! Here is the link: bit.ly/EnvCrisis
Try to check it every day to see how it's going.
Tweet the link and send it to people so that we can get other people to participate.
Use #nifkin

Weeks Five and Six

Tuesday, February 12
Come to class prepared to give a progress report on the research that you're doing.
Be prepared to share some information and one discussion question for the class.
In class, your group will be filling out a planning sheet.

Thursday, February 14
Bring a rough draft of your formal paper to class. We will be doing peer review.

Tuesday, February 19
Read The Winter of Our Discontent by Sandra Steingraber.
Short paper #6

Thursday, February 21
Your Unit One Portfolio is due. This includes the final draft of your formal paper.
If you have questions about citation, you can probably find the answers at the Purdue OWL.

Your portfolio should include:

  • Six short papers 
  • Your formal paper
  • reflective statement in which you evaluate your class participation 

Make an appointment for your student/teacher conference!

We will NOT have class the week of February 27th. Instead, you will have time to work on your project with your group, and you will be working on the CONVA. 

Each of you will also have a 15-minute conference with me. Make an appointment by writing your name next to a time slot here. Be sure to set an alarm on your phone so that you remember to come to the conference. Conferences will be held in my office, 105 Moon Library.

 Be prepared to answer these questions:
  • What does your writing process look like?
  • What's your strength as a writer? What is the thing you struggle with?
  • How is your group project going?
Participate in the CONVA! Here is the link: bit.ly/EnvCrisis
Try to check it every day to see how it's going.
Tweet the link and send it to people so that we can get other people to participate.
Use #nifkin

Weeks Four and Five

Tuesday, Feb 5 
Read for class:
Erik Reece, page 91, “Moving Mountains.”
If you have time, you can check out Amory Lovins' piece on the same topic:
"Leaving Appalachia Right Side Up ... at a Profit"
Short Paper #5

If this assignment looks familiar, it's because I'm carrying it over from last week when class was cancelled. So most of your homework should already be done.

But the important thing you need to do for Tuesday is come to class with an Elevator Pitch for your project idea. Here are some example topics. 

The "elevator pitch" needs only to be a sentence or two: bring your idea and be ready to talk about it with the rest of the class. Then we will get into groups, and you will figure out how to divide up the research.

You will each be writing an individual paper.
The rough draft will be due on February 14 and the final draft on February 21.

Thursday, February 7
Bring laptops to class on Thursday.
This will be a get-work-done-in-class day.

Recommendation from a student:
Use Zotero for citations. Learn it now, and it will save you tons of time in the future.

Other questions about the formal paper?
The assignment is here.

Tuesday, February 12
Come to class prepared to give a progress report on the research that you're doing.
Be prepared to share some information and one discussion question for the class.
In class, your group will be filling out a planning sheet.

Thursday, February 14
Bring a rough draft of your formal paper to class. We will be doing peer review.

Week Three

Tuesday, Jan 29
Read for class:
Alison Hawthorne Deming,“The Edges of the Civilized World” on page 143
of the anthology The Future of Nature
Short Paper #4

Wednesday on Twitter 
Go outside, take a photo of something in nature you appreciate, then post it on twitter (reply to the original post to create a thread) using #nifkin and #GetOutside and any other hashtags you want. Let's see how many people we can get to join us. We're going to keep this going for a week.

Thursday, Jan 31 
Read for class:
Erik Reece, page 91, “Moving Mountains.”
If you have time, you can check out Amory Lovins' piece on the same topic:
"Leaving Appalachia Right Side Up ... at a Profit"
Short Paper #5

In class, we will be brainstorming ideas for your projects.
You may want to start thinking about topics.

Week Two

Tuesday, January 22
Read for class:
"Staying Put" by Scott Russell Sanders on page 353 of the Future of Nature
“I am Writing Blindly”  by Roger Rosenblatt

Short Paper #2
Here's a prompt for those of you who wanted one -->
Respond to Sanders and Rosenblatt, but you can also expand the paper to talk about your own connection to place. Where are you from? Is it a landscape you feel connected to? What’s the basis of that connection? What are the stories in that landscape? Do you think that humans have a compulsion to tell stories? Where does that instinct come from?

If your books haven't arrived yet, I put copies on reserve in Moon Library. Just go to the circulation desk and ask for one: they will let you have it for 2 hours.

Wednesday Twitter Madness:
Be sure that you are following Nifkin on twitter.

Using our hashtag (#nifkin), go on twitter and introduce yourself. Include a photo and something about who you are or where you are from. Then search #nifkin to see how your classmates introduce themselves and take some time to respond to the other students who are introducing themselves -- you can reply to them or favorite their tweets. If you don't have any followers, you may want to follow your classmates in hopes that they follow you back.

Tip: You might want to try using tweetdeck

Thursday,  January 24
Read: "On Thin Ice" by  Charles Wohlforth, page 107
Check out the website 350.org 
Watch John Oliver's take on climate change

Short Paper #3