Naturalist’s Site Journal: Reflection and Self-Evaluation

A couple reminders: 1) the last site journal peer review is due on M 11/13at 11:59am. 2) Be sure to complete the self-evaluation (see below) and put it on your blog as a post or page. 3) Read Weisman’s “The World Without Us” in Canvas for Monday’s class. 4) We’ll have pizza and review for Exam #2 in class on Monday. Thanks.

Please answer these questions and include them as a post in your final site journal. Do not make this the lead entry in your Site Journal.

1. What is the strongest entry in the site journal? Why?
2. What did you enjoy about this assignment? Why?
3. What was difficult or challenging about the assignment? What could be improved in your site journal, or what do you wish you had done differently?
4. How did you synthesize your entries as you completed the final version of the site journal?
5. What risks – in the writing, images, ideas – did you take in the site journal?
6. What did you learn about your site and about nature writing by completing the site journal?

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Exam #2 Review

Exam 2 will cover the films and readings we have completed after Week 4, including Steingraber’s “The Whole Fracking Enchilada,” but not the news media coverage of fracking. It will be open book (photocopies are okay) and it will consist of passage identification (author and text) with a short explication of the passage’s significance, as well as some essay questions.

To prepare, read any texts (readings and films) you haven’t read since week 4, and then take another look at those you have, re-familiarizing yourself with the main points and ideas. Think about the major themes and issues we’ve examined since Exam 1, including eco-feminism and fracking in Colorado.

Another way to prepare will be to flesh out the history and evolution of green activism, as we’ve seen in the readings and films since exam 1. Historically, who has been involved in green activism in the USA as seen in the course materials, what types of activism have they used, and how has that activism evolved and changed? Which methods seem most fruitful?

Finally, think deeply about Joyce Carol Oates’ famous quote (on the syllabus) about nature writing and nature writers:

“Nature inspires a painfully limited set of responses in nature writers: REVERENCE, AWE, PIETY, MYSTICAL ONENESS.”

How do the readings for the course align or challenge or complicate her claim?

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Sierra Club & Councilman Kashmann, AAC 290, 5-7pm

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Free Movie & Free Food: W 11/8, 7pm

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Peer Review due M 11/6 at 11:59pm


From the list of class mates on the course blog, identify the classmate who is listed directly above you. Read that person’s site journal in its entirety. Then answer these questions, posting them as a reply/comment on their blog. You have 40 minutes.

  1. How well has the author captured a sense of place, noting the change in seasons, the impact on the site, identifying the plants, trees, and wildlife?
  2. The audience for your site journal is interested web readers, so the journal should be written in a casual, engaging manner, and not read like a paper for psychology or business class. How well does the author maintain a relaxed, engaging voice? Provide an example to illustrate your point. Identify two places that read more formally, like an APA paper for psychology class?
  3. What is the strongest entry in the site journal? Why? Which entry could be stronger, and why?
  4. The site journal should feel whole, an organic unit. How well does the author connect the different entries, linking them together? Or, how well does the author synthesize (pull things together) the site?
  5. What should the author prioritize as they revise the site journal for publication?

The Site Journal Scoring Guide explains the evaluative criteria:


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DU Bike Festival, W 10/25, 12-3

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WRIT Advising with refreshments tonight!

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