The prompt is below. I have also provided the pieces needed for the essay. Go ham with it.
Composition Project 1
For Composition #2, I would like you to write an essay in which you use two or more of the assigned readings below to explore your own relationship to “Place.” Maybe you are somebody who feels very rooted in a particular “homeplace,” or maybe you are somebody who is filled with “wanderlust” or love of the open road. Maybe you are somebody who has lived in several places but feels especially “at home” in one. Or maybe the thought of staying in one place for a long time seems stifling to you. The following questions are meant to help you think about this topic, but you do note need to answer every one. Use them to help you shape an essay in which you use your own ideas and experiences to explore the concepts the writers discuss and vice versa. Make the essay creative and interesting, both in the ideas it presents and in the way it presents them.
Questions: if you have a “homeplace,” or another sort of place where you feel “rooted,” what is it? What is your connection to this place? And what role does nature play in your connection? Are there any symbolic features in it, like the tree Williams discusses, that help you understand “what it means to live in a place” (par. 7)? What does it mean to live in a place, anyway? What metaphors, legends, stories, or personal anecdotes help you understand your relationship to place? What do you make of Stegner’s claim that every American is actually at odds with him or herself, is both a “placed” and “displaced” person (par. 2)? Is this something you identify with or relate to, or is your experience very different? Have you ever felt the desire, as Dillard does, not “to miss spring this year” (1063)? Why does Sanders think it is important for people to root themselves in places?
Essays for this assignment:
“Untying the Knot” from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
“The Sense of Place,” by Wallace Stegner
“Homeplace,” by Scott Russell Sanders
“One Tree,” by Terry Tempest Williams
“Nowhere Man,” by Pico Iyer