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History of Environmentalism: Reading Silent Spring
Tara Swoboda, MA, RYT
We'll read Rachel Carson's Silent Spring chapter by chapter, explore historical influences and context, analyze the author's style and argument, and discuss what we learn along the way.
Students across the nation are witnessing and participating in an environmental movement, but this isn’t the first time the environment has come to the forefront of social and political stages in the US. In this class, we’ll read Rachel Carson’s ground-breaking work Silent Spring, the book widely credited for spurring the environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Students will learn the historical context behind the environmental movement in the US through reading and small group...
This course blends reading analysis with understanding nature and history. Learners will: - Gain an in-depth understanding of Silent Spring through close-reading and group discussion. - Identify and describe major aspects of the environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s. - Understand and articulate the differences between fictional literature and non-fiction genres. - Analyze narrative style and explain what makes for credible evidence in an argument.
I love reading! Whether you're a fellow bookworm or a hesitant reader, my classroom is a welcome space to explore literature without expectation or judgement. There are no tests or quizzes in my courses -- I even hand you notes with what to watch for as you read! Flipping the reading process and telling readers which ideas to be on the lookout for makes it easy for learners to focus their reading. Students will complete the course feeling confident in their understanding of the book and able to explain how it relates to the environmental movement taking place today. I always offer additional suggested reading for students who want to continue exploring the subject further, too. I hold a Master of Arts in English Literature and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature. Although originally an architecture major, I embraced my inner lit nerd while studying at UC Berkeley, where my favorite classes were small, discussion-based literature courses. I loved the endless options for studying different authors, time periods, genres, and literary canons, and found myself with a minor in Russian Literature just for the fun of it, too. I originally learned about Silent Spring when I was a high school student taking Advanced Placement (AP) US History. I read it then and it helped me to gain a stronger understanding of the content in my APUSH class. Now I'm a high school counselor, and I continue watching students in APUSH learn about the impact of this book. Those who decide to pick it up often walk away with a much deeper understanding of the time in which it was written, and I'm excited to bring that further understanding to our classroom here.
Students should purchase or obtain from the library: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (ISBN 0-395-68329-7) *Highly recommend obtaining the 1994 edition with an introduction by Vice President Al Gore. *Student choice: If you prefer audiobooks, or wish to try an audiobook for the first time, you are welcome to substitute the printed or electronic version of this book. As long as you learn the material and come prepared for discussion, your choice is welcome! Links for current news articles and related readings will be provided by the instructor. Weekly notes will be provided by the instructor to guide student reading and discussion.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
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*Teacher Note* Hi there, yogis! I'm currently on a break from teaching while I care for family. I plan to return in January 2024 for more yoga and hope to see you then! In the meantime, you're welcome to browse my classes and send any scheduling...
$96for 8 classes
2x per week, 4 weeks
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(2)
Completed by 3 learners
Live video meetings
3-12 learners per class
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