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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.