STS.036 | Spring 2008 | Undergraduate

Technology and Nature in American History


Students are required to complete two types of writing assignments during the term: six reading response papers and three formal papers. See the syllabus for more details.

Reading Response Papers

Guidelines (PDF)

Sample (PDF)

Response Paper Topics

  • Week 2 - Cronon, Changes in the Land
  • Week 3 - Basso, Wisdom Sits in Places
  • Week 5 - Thoreau, Walden
  • Week 7 - Cronon, Nature’s Metropolis
  • Week 8 - Solnit, River of Shadows
  • Week 10 - Worster, Dust Bowl

Formal Papers

Paper 1: Mapping your daily life (PDF)

Paper 2: Comparative analytical essay (PDF)
Sample analytical paragraph (PDF)

Final paper: Original historical research (PDF)
Exemplary final paper: “Effects of Pollution in the Hudson River on Commerce” by John Hawkinson (PDF) (Courtesy of John Hawkison. Used with permission.)

Course Info

As Taught In
Spring 2008
Learning Resource Types
Lecture Notes
Written Assignments with Examples