Monthly Archives: February 2013

Reflection, Synthesis, and Writing Workshop

Connections Tree

Open Reflection

Pull up your blog entry for the Boone trip reflection.  Open reflection about your experiences. (20 minutes)

Mapping Our Connections

On a sheet of paper use webbing to identify the emotions you experienced over the course of the trip.  Find these in your blog post and include others you might not have written about.  Each emotion should have a separate circle.  Next, think about who was with you as you experienced each emotion.  Draw a new circle, add the person’s name, and connect their circle to the appropriate emotion circle.  (10 minutes)

Read The Science of Love: How Positivity Resonance Shapes the Way We Connect (10 minutes)

Discuss article as group (15 minutes)

Find the people whose names were most frequently listed on your web.  Get together and discuss the connection of emotion together in the context of your wilderness experience and in reference to the points discussed in the article (15 minutes).

Break (5-10 minutes)

Peer Response in Writing Groups (75 minutes)

Get into your writing groups.  Each writer will have 20 minutes (15 minutes in groups of 4) to read his/her 1st polished piece and get substantial feedback from the group.  In much the same way we modeled in Boone, group members will give feedback using the “I like..”, “I am wondering…” and now possibly add in the “I am concerned about…” feedback stem.  The goal is for this to move into authentic conversation about each writer’s draft.  Each writer will also choose a recorder to take notes on the conversation and synthesize it to post as a comment to his/ her blog by Friday of this week.

Recorders:  Take good notes and make sure to note who says what.  Each person in the group should have a turn as a recorder.

Homework:  Post your synthesis to the appropriate writer’s blog in a comment on their draft.  Make sure the posted record reflects the discussion for the benefit of the writer.

Review your peer comments and prepare a final draft of your 1st polished piece due on your blog before class on Wednesday.  Meet next week at the ECU Adventure Center for winter camping and safety skills with Brad Beggs.


The Purpose of Wilderness and Our Place In It


Agenda for 2.20.13

Values of Wilderness Discussion

Clustering (10 minutes):  From Bergstrom et al’s Figure 1 – choose one particular Wilderness Function, Service, or Value.

Put a word you’d like to explore in the center of a piece of paper and put a circle around it. As fast as you can, free-associate or jot down anywhere on the page as many words as you can think of associated with your center word. If you get stuck, go back to the center word and launch again. Speed is important and quantity is your goal. Don’t discount any word or phrase that comes to you, just put it down on the page.

Webbing (5 minutes):  Finding associations and themes within clusters

Using the results of your cluster exercise, now draw lines between words that associate together in some way in your mind.  Label these subcategories.  What categories arise from your analysis?  What does this tell you about how you value wilderness?

Wilderness Values discussion (45 minutes): Why is wilderness important? What are the values of the wilderness?  How do they relate to each other and within what context? What do Bergstrom and Mosden say about valuing wilderness?  How can a sound understanding of wilderness values help us as individuals, as a society, and as human-kind?  What are the consequences of different values of wilderness?

Write Invite – Personal Wilderness Values (15 minutes): Using Bergstrom et al and Mosden as food for thought, write a response through a comment to today’s agenda about how and why you value wilderness and what services, functions, or values is offers you personally or elsewise.

Workshop – Genre research and polished piece writing (60 minutes):

Using your laptop, research and find at least three examples of writing within the genre you have chosen for your polished piece. Describe them either in your daybook or on your blog.  How do these pieces exemplify your chosen genre? List at least 5 main points of this genre that will help you in your writing.

Genre Discussion (20-30 minutes).


Before next class, using lists, narrative, and other literary devices, please write a short reflection (min. 500 words) of your experiences on the previous trip.  How did your experience with wilderness (inclusive or place, activity, weather, thought, etc) influence your understanding of the definition and purpose of wilderness?  What did you notice about the wilderness you were in?  Does it fit your understanding or definition of wilderness?  Did your understanding of wilderness and its values change through your experiences? How did your experiences contribute to making meaning and significance of the wild? Submit this assignment to the blog before the start of class next week.

Be prepared to come and share your thoughts on the trip and contribute to a discussion on making meaning and significance out of our experiences in the wild for next week.

Preparing for the Winter Wonderland

Tree in Snow


Wilderness Safety and Winter Hiking by Brad Beggs, ECU Adventure Center Coordinator (1 hour)


Trip Planning (1.5 hours)

Flash Write (5 minutes):  What are you questions, concerns, or desires for this trip?  What do you hope to get out of the experience?

Share and Create Activity Plans/ Potential Agenda

Google Doc for Collaborative Activity Planning

Meal Plans

Google Doc for Meal Collaborative Planning

Homework:  Prepare for Trip.  Finish reading A Walk in the Woods or Becoming Odyssa.