21 Jan. Representing the Future

Cumberland Power Plant

Part I. Poster Assignment Overview

In order to get started creating our poster, lets work on the following:
  • 1. Reread the Poster Assignment page
  • 2. Take 5 minutes and make a short list of movies, tv shows, or video games you think show ways ideas about the future shape social interaction, technological development, and/or environmental relationships.
  • 3. Take 5 minutes and choose movie, show, or video game from the list you generated and then think how the future in the text you choose confirms or contradicts what Cohen or Davies argue in their essays.
  • 4. On the board, write the title of the movie, show, or video game you chose and 1-2 sentences explaining how the text you chose confirms/contradicts Cohen and/or Davies.

Part II. Houser

Spend a few minutes in pairs or small groups completing the Global Footprint Calculator on your own then and discuss the following questions. Be prepared to share your findings with the class:
  • 1. What, according to Houser, what is human time? What is planetary time? What separates the two?
  • 2. What are some of the realities of climate change that force us to rethink the way we conceive of the relationship of human time to nonhuman time?
  • 3. According to Houser, what are the representational advantages and drawbacks to models such as carbon calculators or NOAA’s Global Climate Maps

Part III.Guide to writing an Academic Paragraph

Please follow along with the prompts below to produce a draft of PD1 and to also review the element/structure of an expository paragraph:
  • 1. Topic sentence(s): draft a topic sentence or two that responds to the assignment prompt: According to one or more of the authors we have read so far this semester (Cohen, Davies, Houser, or Sheldon), how do our ideas about the future shape society, technology, and/or ecology? 
  • 2. Transition: write 2-3 couple sentences that develop your topic sentence and also set up (announce, contextualize) the citation you will include from the essay you are analyzing.
  • 3. Citation: choose a couple of sentences from Cohen, Davies, Sheldon, and/or Houser’s articles and then cite those sentences in your paragraph.
  • 4. Close Analysis: write 2-4 sentence “close read”/analyze the citation you included from Cohen, Davies, Sheldon, and/or Houser’s articles. What’s the main idea of the passage you cited & how do you know? That is, what phrases, rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, logos), metaphors, or structure in the passage suggests to you what you say the passage means?
  • 5. Conclusion:write 2-3 sentences that tie your analysis back into the larger goal of the paragraph. Now that you have responded to the question with your claim and developed you claim through an analysis of a passage from Cohen, Davies, Sheldon, and/or Houser’s articles, you need to write 2-3 more sentences that put the pieces together for your reader.





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