Planetary Problems, Botany of Desire, Writing Projects

This semester, my students and I are thinking about the “Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet, Profit.” We started class by reading various essays about “people” then we moved on to planet, thinking about what we eat and how we live, and reading Michael Pollan’s Botany of Desire.

Students have been giving presentations on sections of the book: Apple, Tulip, Marijuana, Potato, and now it’s time to begin the writing process to produce a paper on a topic relevant to planet; I’ll review first drafts today.

Here are a series of questions for us to consider today. Please write a note discussing them to turn in with your draft at the beginning of class.

  • 1. What concerns you most about the planet?
  • 2. What interested you most about what we’ve studied?
  • 3. What did/do you like best about your group’s presentation? Another presentation? What have you learned from the presentations?
  • 4. What is your paper about? What texts are you using? What’s your argument?