WRIT Course Descriptions for Winter 2018

Most of you will take WRIT 1122 in the Winter and WRIT 1133 in the Spring. WRIT courses are themed, like FSEM, so you’ll want to read the Winter 2018 WRIT course descriptions closely and select a few options.

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Advising for Winter 2018: F 10/20 and W 10/25

Advising will be held down the street at Illegal Pete’s (lunch is on DU – so bring an appetite). After we meet, I can delete your PIN number, which will enable you to register for Winter 2018 classes. Please sign up for an appointment.

Before we meet, you’ll want to run a Degree Audit in Pioneer Web, decipher which Common Curriculum requirements (AI Society, SI Society, AI Natural, etc) you need to fulfill, and then using the Schedule of Classes, build three versions of your Winter schedule.

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Mt. Trashmore!

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Mt Trashmore – Weds, 10/11!

Complete the Blood Borne Pathogen training and quiz.

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Exam #1 Review

Exam 1 will be a combination of passage identification questions and several essay questions. The exam will cover the readings we have done so far, including the shorter pieces by Standing Bear, Owens, Chavez, and the eco-criticism essays, as well as the longer texts by Galvin and Wright, and the film Into the Wild. The One Book selection and Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge will not be on the exam.

The passage identification portion will ask you to identify important passages from the readings and Into the Wild (that is, identify the author and text), and then briefly explain the quote’s significance. Here’s an example of passage identification:

“There is about them no awareness, no acuteness, and it is this dullness that gives ugly mannerisms full play.”

Answer: Standing Bear, “Nature.” He is discussing how white youth are raised, in contrast to native youth, who are alert to their surroundings. One result is that white boys hang out on street corners and jostle one another, instead of developing a sense of awareness for the natural world.

The essay questions will emphasize the longer readings (Galvin and Wright) and will ask you to synthesize the material, to compare and contrast similarities between texts, and to use your skills as eco-critics. If you have kept up with the reading and paid attention in class, the exam should not be too taxing. During the exam, you may use your books (or print outs if you have an online book), which will allow you to use specific examples from the texts to support your major claims in your answers. You may also use one sheet of notes. You will have the entire period (1 hour 50 minutes) to complete the exam. Your exams will be graded according to the quality and thoroughness of your answers, including the complexity of your main claims and the use of text to support them with specific examples. It is worth 70 points (nearly 20% of your final grade).

To study, I would suggest the following:

  • If you haven’t read everything, complete the readings. If you have, re-read as necessary.
  • Think about the role of interconnectedness in each of the texts: in what ways are the characters, the environment, the eco-systems, and the communities connected to one another?
  • Go back through the texts and consider how nature and human nature are represented in each of the texts.
  • Examine similarities and differences between the longer texts, particularly from an eco-critical perspective.
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Wright’s Uncle Tom’s Children

Down By the Riverside: Playing for Change has a cool version of the song.

The Great Flood of 1927: The Weather Channel’s (20 mins in) documentary on the great flood of 1927  is very informative.

Big Boy Leaves Home: See these videos of Billie Holliday’s “Strange Fruit,” and  Nina Simone’s version.

What would Wright say about the Sept. 17, 2016 shooting of Terrence Crutcher in Tulsa? 

Mother Jones has an interesting piece on memorializing lynchings.


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VICE News: Charlottesville: Race and Terror

We’ll watch this short VICE news piece/documentary in class on Monday.

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