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  • Preface: How to Make Use of This Book  xi
    Acknowledgments  xv
    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
    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
  • “Emily Wakild and Michelle K. Berry challenge us to transform the environmental history classroom, suggesting we abandon the typical periodization or thematic issues that organize our syllabi. In their stead, they outline a more organic approach that unlocks the tangled pasts and contemporary interconnections of the foods, places, animals, and technologies students encounter daily. This provocative primer compels us to forsake rigid structure in favor of flexibility and innovation grounded in a deep reading of the literature.” — Kathleen A. Brosnan, author of, Uniting Mountain and Plain: Cities, Law, and Environmental Change along the Front Range

    “This friendly book invites teachers to reflect on the wide and diverse natural world, the joys of the classroom, and the fascinations of the 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 rereading Emily Wakild and Michelle K. Berry's primer.” — Nancy J. Jacobs, author of, Birders of Africa: History of a Network

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    A Primer for Teaching Environmental History is a guide for college and high school teachers who are teaching environmental history for the first time, for experienced teachers who want to reinvigorate their courses, for those who are training future teachers to prepare their own syllabi, and for teachers who want to incorporate environmental history into their world history courses. Emily Wakild and Michelle K. Berry offer design principles for creating syllabi that will help students navigate a wide range of topics, from food, environmental justice, and natural resources to animal-human relations, senses of place, and climate change. In their discussions of learning objectives, assessment, project-based learning, using technology, and syllabus design, Wakild and Berry draw readers into the process of strategically designing courses on environmental history that will challenge students to think critically about one of the most urgent topics of study in the twenty-first century.

    About The Author(s)

    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.
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