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Posted March 19, 2010 at 6:10 PM via web

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What are some creative ideas for my cumulative project?

So in my English class, we have to write about what we think honor is and analyze it and such. I'm very much an eco-friendly person and I want to interpret the environment into my final project. So what are some creative ideas for my cumulative project that will interpret all of this?

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epollock | Valedictorian

Posted March 19, 2010 at 6:37 PM (Answer #2)

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I think you could do a project on characters portrayed in literature that are honorable and either working on the environment or with the environment, or possibly characters that struggle aagainst the environment with some winning and some losing. If it's related to English language and not literature, there are many books and essays that argue for or againstenvironmentally friendly means of production. There are many good books like Food, Inc. or Fast Food Nation that have many opportunities for creative ideas in them. For literature, you could use Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, etc. You couldalso make a short film or use music in your presentation too.

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 19, 2010 at 7:29 PM (Answer #3)

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Whoa. Tough task!

I'm sure your English teacher wants your project to reflect things that you have read. That's just typical of those types. So, think about what you've read and how they've treated the environment.

If you want to read a piece that brings about a deep respect or honor for nature you might consider reading Into Thin Air. Being about the quest to climb Mt. Everest, by the end, you see the aboriginal peoples and those visiting realizing the power of nature. They revere Mt. Everest as a god. It's an interesting read for eco-friendly folks because it challenges the common man to respect nature.

 

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 20, 2010 at 5:33 AM (Answer #4)

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This will be difficult because it seems like there are two elements that are pulling at you.  On one hand, there is a desire to integrate the environmental awareness and ecological reverence that is inside you.  On the other hand, I think that there are some levels of assignment requirements to which you have to adhere.  I think that the first step is approaching your teacher/ instructor about whether or not this desire is feasible.  If not, you might have to undertake some level of negotiation.  If the task is about "honor," you might want to highlight some of the individuals in texts you have read, how they have represented honor, and how a modern tie in could be to those who stand for environmental awareness.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted March 20, 2010 at 7:25 AM (Answer #5)

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When I think of honor I think of respect. So a way to incorporate honor into your project may be to analyze how the environment used to be and describe the different events that has happened to it and has thus changed it. You can focus on natural disasters or man made damage to the environment. Natural disasters may include volcanoes or earthquakes. Man made damage may include pollution or recycling. You could then follow by describing how man can make changes to restore the Earth and the environment to the way it used to be. We can restore honor to the Earth by being more eco-friendly.

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clamo88 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 22, 2010 at 4:42 PM (Answer #6)

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What are some creative ideas for my cumulative project?

So in my English class, we have to write about what we think honor is and analyze it and such. I'm very much an eco-friendly person and I want to interpret the environment into my final project. So what are some creative ideas for my cumulative project that will interpret all of this?

  To creatively respond to this project, you could write a poem, a short story, or perhaps a fictitious newspaper article or obituary about someone doing something honorable or dishonorable that concerned the environment.  Incorporate into this your definition of honor and how the person's actions were honorable or dishonorable.  An idea to get you started: Silkwood; film, starring Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, and Cher.  Based on a true story.

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charcunning | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted March 29, 2010 at 12:28 PM (Answer #7)

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There are lots of poems that discuss honoring the earth and the environment. I would start with the poetry of Mary Oliver and the essays of Annie Dillard--that way you can incorporate literature into your nonfiction assessment of what honor is.

Also, you can find information such as news articles that talk about politicians that are either honoring or dishonoring the environment; that way you can pull the current events into it as well.

Fascinating project--good idea and unique spin!

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 1, 2010 at 4:22 PM (Answer #8)

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One book that comes to mind is Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth.  The protagonist Wang Lung has a deep affection for his land and he farms with the knowledge that the land supports his family.  However, a variety of natural disasters puts his reverence to the test, and later in the book he is seduced by human desires and greed.  Buck paints a complicated portrayal of one man's struggle between the earth and human nature.  It might fit into the topics of honor and friendliness to the environment.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted April 19, 2010 at 9:00 AM (Answer #9)

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The short story "He-y Come on Ou-t" by Shinichi Hoshi would be a great literature connection to your idea about the environment. It was written as a piece of Japanese science fiction, but I think you’ll find a very modern day connect.

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