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Writing 5 Section Descriptions for Spring Term 2014

Writing 5 introduces Dartmouth students to the writing process that characterizes intellectual work in the academy and in educated public discourse. Each section of Writing 5 organizes its writing assignments around challenging readings chosen by the instructor. The course focuses primarily on the writing process, emphasizing careful reading and analysis, thoughtful questions, and strategies of effective argument. Below you will find a list of the courses being offered next term.

Writing 5 -- Expository Writing

Section 01

Hour: 3B; Instructor: Nancy Crumbine


Writing into the Wilderness

What does it mean to have a "voice in the wilderness"? How do we capture in words the power of our relationship to nature, to our own personal landscape? What is happening to our planet and how might we respond? Readings will include selections from such authors as Thoreau, Dickinson, J. Muir, R. Frost, R. Carson, A. Dillard and G. Snyder, as well as contemporary essays in eco-criticism. Discussing selected texts and films, students will develop their abilities in critical reading, writing, and oral presentation. Writing assignments will move from observation, through memoir, to academic argument. An introduction to library research is integrated into this course, as are discussions on the importance of imagination, creativity, and humor. Students will draw from their own environmental experiences and ideas, as well as those of the writers we read.

Attendance Policy:
Given the importance of participation, and because every voice is important and interesting, attendance is required. Unique circumstances can be discussed, of course. Undiscussed/unexcused absences will reduce the grade.


Ariely, Dan, ed. The Best American Science and Nature Writing, Mariner/Houghton Mifflin, 2012 ISBN: 978-0-547-79953-7
Dillard, Annie. Teaching a Stone to Talk, Harper Perennial; Revised edition, 2013 ISBN: 978-0060915414
Nash, Roderick Frazier. Wilderness and the American Mind, Yale , 4th ed. ISBN: 978-0-300-09122-9
Williams, Joseph. Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace, Longman, 4th ed. ISBN: 978-0205830763