Here is our plan for the rest of our classes….
Next Monday, Nov 24, I hope to confirm soon that we can visit the bee farm (apiary) on RIC campus… check back closer to the date to confirm.
The next two classes, (Dec 1 and Dec 8) we will have time for student reports. Here is a rundown of what I would like each student to report on:
— Choose a place in RI to study, it may be as big as a town or city (no bigger!) or as small as a local park or neighborhood. Look at the physical and human geography of this place. Physical: What kind of soils, water, vegetation, weather, wildlife, etc., are found here. Human: How have humans used this site over time? Also think about your site’s future… have the natural resources there been well used? Is the current human use of the site sustainable? Do you think there are better ways the site could be developed in the future?
— For sources, use Google of course to search online, and try some of the map sites (linked to elsewhere on this blog) that show how the site has changed over time…. of course if you can visit the site, and talk to some local folks about it, that would be great, and look for other local sources, such as you might find in local libraries, which often are not found online.
— If you need to review the basics of how to write a research paper and how to cite your sources, there’s a tab at the top of this blog, “How to Write a Research Report.”
I know it’s not a lot of time, but I’m hoping some of you will be ready to present your results to the class on Monday Dec 1! You don’t have to hand the paper in that day, if it’s not ready. The rest of you, we’ll take time for presentations on Monday Dec 8. I’d expect your paper to include at least one map, and to run at least 4 to 6 pages.
The final papers aren’t due until the end of finals week, but if you can get me a hard copy on the last day of class, that would be great. I won’t be on campus after that, so papers can be sent by email.
Also, be sure you are caught up on the other assignments for this class, which are posted in the blog on Nov 12. If you can get all of your work in to me by the last day of class, that would be great, but the final deadline is the end of finals week.
Any questions, let me know!