Writing about Environmental Politics
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Sherman, Daniel J.
A winner of the John S. Knight Assignment Sequence Prize, this sequence originates from Government 100, Power and Politics: Environmental Politics. At the same time that the sequence prepares students for college writing, it addresses the variety of ways students may be asked to write about political topics in their lives beyond Cornell, since "the environment" and "politics" are global concepts that point to phenomena everywhere and always around us. The sequence therefore includes not just conventional academic assignments and debate points that address environmental politics but also non-academic writing tasks such as a letter, an editorial, a grant proposal, and a policy memo. These assignments challenge students to write from a variety of perspectives, for a variety of purposes, and in a variety of styles. 11 page pdf
genre; preparatory writing; rhetorical situation