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A Primer for Teaching Environmental History


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Table of Contents

Preface: How to Make Use of This Book ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1
Part I. Approaches
1. The Fruit: Into Their Lunch Bags to Teach Relevance and Globalization with Food 13
2. The Seed: Using Learning Objectives to Build a Course 27
3. The Hatchet: Wielding Critique to Reconsider Periodization and Place 39
4. The Llama: Recruiting Animals to Blend Nature and Culture 53
Part II. Pathways
5. The Fields: Science and Going Outside 71
6. The Land: Sense of Place, Recognition of Spirit 85
7. The Power: Energy and Water Regimes 99
Part III. Applications
8. The People: Environmental Justice, Slow Violence, and Project-Based Learning 115
9. The Tools: Using Technology to Enhance Environmental History 131
10. The Test: Assessment Methods, Rubrics, and Writing 141
Epilogue 151
Notes 153
Bibliography 163
Index 177

About the Author

Emily Wakild is Professor of History at Boise State University and the author of Revolutionary Parks: Conservation, Social Justice, and Mexico's National Parks, 1910-1940.

Michelle K. Berry is Lecturer in the Departments of History and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Arizona.


"This friendly book invites teachers to reflect on the wide and diverse natural world, on the joys of the classroom, and on the fascinations of past. Imagine Rachel Carson and bell hooks discussing The Historian's Craft by Marc Bloch. Add to that practical tips for designing syllabi and classroom exercises. Teachers of environmental history will be enriched by reading and re-reading Emily Wakild's and Michelle K. Berry's primer."--Nancy J. Jacobs, author of "Birders of Africa: History of a Network "

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