Friday, August 28, 2009.
This fall semester, I am teaching two sections of a research and writing course titled Writing Across the Curriculum. In this course, I have selected the general theme “human relationships with the natural world,” and I will be assigning readings from American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau, a new edition from the Library of America.
During the first class on Tuesday and in order to prompt my students to begin thinking about the course theme, I asked them to draw a picture of their relationships with the natural world. I then asked them to write a sentence on the back of the page that explained the picture.
Here below are three examples with their descriptions.
“This picture describes me in the natural world because out of billions of people, I am my own person with own goals and my own experiences.”
“This picture describes my love for the mountains and camping.”
“The drawing represents the damage I am causing to the planet.”
At midterm and at the end of the term, I will ask students to review their drawings and compose new drawings that take into account what they have learned so far in the course.