ENG 136: Topics in Writing
Spring 2019 – Tues/Thurs 2 to 3:15 PM
- ENG 136 will be starting on January 8th, 2019. CSC is committed to the themes and approaches of this course, and is allowing it go forward with lower enrollment than other writing sections.
- We have a good (but small) group of students enrolled so far, but we would like to bring even more students into our unique writing community. Please spread the word to anyone who might be interested in this approach to writing (see descriptions below).
- Since this is the first time this course is being offered, we will have a pretty small class–so there will be plenty of one-on-one and a close-knit writing community.
- WRITNG ASSIGNMENTS:
- The course will be balanced with creative/reflective writing and more technical or persuasive “report” type writing–all revolving around the general theme of “ecology” or writing about our “HOME”
- We will start the course with a more “creative” approach–descriptive writing and reflection and stories about the world around us, mostly with a nature or environmental focus.
- We will then move on to more report or technical writing type projects related to the general theme. We will try to develop projects that are interesting and relevant to your majors, future occupations or general interests.
- You will have a LOT of choice on what subjects to write about–the “ecology” focus permits a wide variety of themes and approaches. For example, you might write about typical “ecological” issues relate to the environment–but this could range from describing natural processes, to exploring demographics of a particular region of the country, to public policy, to describing animals or the landscape or the practices of humans in these arenas, etc…
- CSC has a connection to the authors/editors of Environmental and Nature Writing, so there may be opportunities for them to “meet” with our class online as well. BOOK WEBSITE (more information)
- In addition to selections from our text, we will work with readings that are current in the news or relevant to the region. Here are some potential examples:
- WILD IDEA (Blogs from Dan O’Brien). Here are some recent favorites:
- How Extreme Weather is Shrinking the Planet
- Bill McKibben (New Yorker, Nov. 26, 2018)
- The Day the Great Plains Burned
- Ian Frazier (New Yorker, Nov. 5, 2018)
- FOURTH NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT
Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States
- This government report was purposefully crafted to make it readable and accessible to a general audience.
- Food Fight (Letter from Utah)
- Kathryn Schulz (New Yorker, Oct. 1, 2018)
- The Ecology of Writing
- By Marilyn Cooper, College English, Vol. 48, No. 4 (1986)
Write at HOME!
In the truest ecological sense, we will read and write about local interests and issues and emphasize collaboration as we interact within our own writing “biome.” Thus, ecocomposition explores place, the effects that our surroundings have on our writing processes, and vice versa.
WRITERS OF ALL LEVELS are invited to meet in a classroom that takes ecology as its model.
In writing, we will explore our “home” space in various ways:
- Creative Writing (essays or stories reflecting upon nature and our environment),
- Informational Writing (exploring a concept or process that impacts our ecosystem),
- Persuasive & Technical Writing (reports, advocacy or proposals related to a specific ecological issue under debate or discussion).
THIS COURSE SATISFIES SLO #2 in Essential Studies and is designed for writers of all disciplines, backgrounds, and skill-levels. Students will use writing as a tool for learning and thinking about a variety of ecological issues, and compose texts that address diverse writing situations purposefully in relation to this theme, making use of evidence and conventions appropriate to college-level writing. These projects will be highly flexible to encourage exploration in areas of YOUR interests and strengths.
From a scientific standpoint, ecology focuses on the relationships of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings. From the Greek oikos, which means “house,” and logia, which means “the study of,” the term may be applied more broadly to where and how earth’s inhabitants make their homes. Inherently interdisciplinary, ecological study may focus on humans, animals, plants, the environment, science, natural resources, sustainability, community planning, genetics and evolution, ethics, politics, and much more.
- Environmental and Nature Writing (A writer’s guide and anthology)
- by Sean Prentiss & Joe Wilkins
- Bloomsbury, 2016: BOOK WEBSITE (more information)
FOR MORE INFO:
Dr. Matthew Evertson
Department of English & Humanities
Chadron State College
(308) 432-6462 firstname.lastname@example.org