Honors 202
Representing Animals                                                                               

Creative Project Assignment
Written portion Due Wednesday, November 26. In class.

 

Each student will briefly present/show their creative work in class as part of the project.

 

Bloom and other educational theorists place creative work at the very top of the intellectual hierarchy.** It shows a special kind of skill with analysis and synthesis when done well.

This assignment asks you to create something that is not a written argument on paper, but that nevertheless shows a thoughtful and original response any topic of interest to you in animal studies. It may be to one or several works you've read for this class, or to any other works engaged with animal studies.  Projects should aim to draw on a unique strength or interest of yours, whether from another academic field besides literature (e.g. history, psychology, sociology, communications), from the fine arts, from design and engineering, web work, games, etc. 

Each project must show significant, thoughtful engagement with the topic you choose and should require comparable time and effort as compared to the critical essays.

What you will turn in must include

Successful projects in the past used these media: creative writing, sculpture, music, photography

 

** Is Bloom's model of education compatible with what we know about the brain from science? Simon Sinek's take on what vs why, motivation, and action.

 

 

Service Learning Assignment Option

 

Written Reflection Due Wednesday, November 26. In class.

 

Background :

For this assignment, you will investigate the interactive and educational values of service learning. While volunteering is typically analyzed in terms of its external impacts, there is also an intrinsic component to giving back that is often overlooked. In addition to providing direct assistance to an individual or group, acts of service also teach civic responsibility, promote global and contextual thinking, and provide a relevant application of the concepts taught in the classroom. Service learning can also result in strengthened interpersonal relationships and skills, as well as a desire to become further engaged in the community.

 

Prompt :

This option may be chosen as an alternative to the Creative Project Assignment. Students will volunteer at a specified course-related location (such as an animal shelter or rehabilitation center) over the course of a day. Afterwards, they will write 2-page reflection paper explained here:

 

For this assignment, you will investigate the interactive and educational values of service learning. While volunteering is typically analyzed in terms of its external impacts, there is also an intrinsic component to giving back that is often overlooked. In addition to providing direct assistance to an individual or group, acts of service also teach civic responsibility, promote global and contextual thinking, and provide a relevant application of the concepts taught in the classroom. Service learning can also result in strengthened interpersonal relationships and skills, as well as a desire to become further engaged in the community.

 

In a two-page paper, please address the following questions (do not number each question- the paragraphs should have transitions between them). You may also use any of the survey questions to guide your response.

 

  1. Where did you volunteer, and what tasks did you complete?
  2. What impact do you think you had on this organization?
  3. What did you learn from this experience?
  4. How have you changed as a result of this trip?
  5. Identify and discuss at least one concept talked about in class that is relevant to the Refuge and your volunteering experience there.



 

 

 

Date: Sunday November 11th, 11am-3pm (not including travel time)

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Location :

Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge

 

For more information on service learning support at NC State see:

 

https://leadandengage.dasa.ncsu.edu/

 

You will arrange with Sasha the details of where to meet. She will drive you out to the Refuge.