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Writing About Literature: Nature in the Writings of John Muir and Emily Dickinson
11th - 12th CCSS: Designed
As an assessment of their skill in crafting a compare and contrast essay, class members read and compare the portrayals of nature in excerpts from naturalist John Muir's My First Summer in the Sierra and from poet Emily Dickinson's "The...
Early Conservation Philosophies and Indigenous Peoples
9th - 12th CCSS: Designed
John Muir established Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks and also as founded the Sierra Club, yet many indigenous people spoke out against his idea of conservation. The second lesson plan in a four-part series discusses John Muir and...
The Conservation Movement at a Crossroads: The Hetch Hetchy Controversy
9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Designed
Should wilderness areas be preserved or managed? Class members examine primary source documents, including lecture notes, articles, essays and congressional records to better understand the Hetch Hetchy controversy that created a split...