Writing in an Endangered World is a course title and a description of practice, of reading, thinking, discussion, and writing motivated by self-awareness, interest, engagement, honesty, generosity, and collaboration.
This course blog makes visible our practice. The sidebar includes student work organized by author or activity under Themes, the weekly essays syndicated from the student’s blogs to this Writing in an Endangered World blog under Discussion, and direct links to the student course blogs under Blog Contributors.
How did we do? The Writing Portfolios and the projects below offer one answer. In addition, rather than writing learning outcomes for the students in advance, the students worked together at the conclusion of fifteen weeks to articulate what they have learned: the knowledge and understanding, the skills and competencies, as well as the attitudes and habits of mind that they are taking with them.
Each blog is a portfolio of writing: twelve essays and a preface. The portfolios invited students to take ownership of their presence on the web, express ideas, and integrate their learning and interests; to use open-source platforms, build projects using digital tools, and create content using portfolios, exhibits, galleries, blogs, or wikis; and to engage with the community, construct the web, navigate and critically question digital technologies.
Madison Ballou Miss B “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”―Henry David Thoreau
Chelsea Birchmore Mind Flowers Welcome to My Garden
Ethan Chalmers Eyes of the White Mountains We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable.”―Henry David Thoreau
Ariel Freedman Feeling the Flood Emotions are Wild. Welcome to the Natural World
Meghan Hayman Coming Out of My Shell “Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.” -GD
Mickayla Johnson The River is Everywhere“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.”―John Muir
Anna LeClere Pieces of the World You have big things. You know big things. But you don’t look into each other’s eyes, and you are hungry for quietness.”―Nell (1994)
Roy Martin Life Lessons Within Environmentalism A collection of thoughts, questions and speculations
Alexa Reichardt A Time for Tree Pausing our daily hubbub to sit down, drink tea, and give thanks to our Mother Earth
TJ Snow Snow My thoughts, feelings, and responses to various works and texts
Devon Sacca The Enchanted Forest“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.”―John Muir
Lucas Thors The Islander“I thought to live on an island was like living on a boat. Islands intrigue me. You can see the perimeters of your world. It’s a microcosm.”―Jamie Wyeth
Colby Nilsen Wildcat: Overseer of the Mountain “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Writing in the Endangered World Projects
The projects below began with a question: What might you do with what you have learned by reading, thinking, and writing in the course Writing in an Endangered World? Students were encouraged to know what they were doing and then to go about doing it well.
It takes action to make a change. This is Meghan Hayman’s claim in her project Saving Mother Earth: a blog designed to inform the world about our earth’s environmental crisis and raises money for Greenpeace, a nonprofit environmental organization that helps to give the earth a voice.
Anna LeClere and Chelsea Birchmore Food for Thought features interviews on people’s relationship to food
Alexa Reichardt Final Project: Solitude: the ways of the woods, positive change, resilience
Ethan Chalmers EcoConscious Climbing blog explores climbing and environmental ethics, specifically the impact of climbing on the rock and on the experiences of future climbers.
Ariel Freedman has composed an Illustrated Children’s Book
Roy Martin’s Nature In A Quarter Hour Podcast on the field of environmentalism and it’s literary contributions
Madison Ballou Nature and Children: Interviews
Nick DeCarolis The Milky Way Sports Club
Devon Sacca Final Project: An Anthology of Environmental Poetry
TJ Snow Snow Final Project: Environmentalism and Film
Lucas Thors Final Project: One Planet Campus: ecological and environmental awareness on campus
Colby Nilsen Final Project: The Adventures of Wildcat: A Place Showcase