Personal Narrative: Climate change in my Life.
The local newspaper wants to do a feature on YOU in recognition of your 100th birthday. After some reflection you realize that the changes in the Earth's climate has shaped your life in ways you would not have imagined as a teenager. With that as a theme, you start writing your personal narrative describing the impacts of those climate changes on you and society. As you prepare you remember your high school science and decide your article should probably include these points:
- The Earth's carbon is stored in vast reservoirs.
- Describe the major abiotic reservoirs (atmosphere, surface ocean, deep ocean, soils, etc).
- Describe the major biotic reservoirs (land plants, fossil fuels, etc).
- Indicate relative sizes of reservoirs.
- The carbon moves from reservoir to reservoir (fluxes).
- Describe the major global fluxes.
- Indicate relative sizes of fluxes.
- Allude to the annual atmospheric CO2 fluctuations.
- The reservoirs and fluxes are linked in gigantic repeating patterns (cycles).
- Describe a typical terrestrial carbon cycle.
- Describe the global carbon cycle.
- Describe the time spans of typical cycle interactions.
- Describe the sequestering of carbon by sediments.
- Allude to existing climate cycles such as PDO, AMO, El Nino, etc.
- Describe previous non-cyclic climate events such as the dust bowl and Little Ice Age.
Humanity is having an effect on those system and cycles.
- Describe the human interference with the global carbon cycle.
- Indicate the magnitude of human changes to CO2 fluxes.
- Describe what will set system right.
- Emphasize the interaction of effects.
- Describe climate change effects on society.
- Describe the long-time frame for climate effects.
In your high school English classes you learned to write a personal narrative:
Prewriting: Planning your narrative
- Purpose - share your thoughts, feelings and emotions.
- Audience - make experiences real for them.
- Tone - talk directly to the readers.
- Construct the world you lived in based upon your understanding of climate and climate change.
- Lively specific details.
- Events, people, & places - the framework of your narrative.
- Thoughts and emotions - what was going on inside of you?
- Introduction - grab readers attention, provides background.
- Body - chronological order of events with details on event, people, places, thoughts and emotions.
- Conclusion - explain the meaning of your experience
- Grammar, punctuation, spelling.
- The newspaper has room for a story that is 500 words long (about 1-2 typewritten pages).
- The deadline for submitting your article is 4 Nov 2005.
Source for writing information: Elements of Writing. Kinneavy and Warriner. 1998. Holt, Rinehart and Winston.pp xxx-yyy