Summer Read with Bill CarterMay 10, 2016
VVS is proud to once again partner with writer, director and photographer Bill Carter for our all-school summer read of his book, Boom Bust Boom. Students were given the book during our Earth Day celebration and are asked to have it fully read by the start of the 2016-2017 VVS academic year. Carter will host an evening of discussion about the book, fascinating new developments, and what we can do about our role in the consumption of copper when we return to campus in August.
Here are some of the things students should pay attention to while reading the book and some possibilities for how they will be assessed on the reading.
English classes at all levels will spend the first week of classes analyzing and discussing excerpts from Boom Bust Boom to explore the ways in which writers use diction, syntax, image, point of view, etc. in order to reach an audience and achieve a purpose. Teachers will use the text to introduce and review the literary devices and rhetorical strategies that serve as the foundation for English courses. Students can expect to submit a written response to the text which will serve as a baseline writing assessment in their English course.
In Chemistry, students will look at the physical and chemical properties of copper, such as density, malleability, conductivity and a quiz on these properties will test student understanding.
In Environmental Systems and Societies, students will investigate the complex and nuanced relationship between the natural world and we, the humans, that live within it. After reading Boom Bust Boom, students will be asked to write a short research paper in which they distinguish a specific issue within the fascinating story of copper mining in our world with another environmental issue of their choosing. Students will have the first three weeks of the school year to complete their report, but are expected to have read the book upon returning to classes in the fall. Bill Carter will be a guest speaker in your classes.
Anthropology classes will use Boom Bust Boom to discuss grassroots social and environmental activism in the face of corporate giants. What kinds of social problems are linked to mining? How is it even possible for people to prevent mining in their neighborhoods? Bill Carter will be a guest speaker in your classes.
Enjoy this fascinating book written by Bill Carter, a member of our VVS Community. Along the way, you will learn not only about how copper literally runs our world, but gain insights into Arizona. Bill is world renowned author, photographer and documentary filmmaker. If you need another great book for the summer, read his book Fools Rush In documenting his work in Bosnia and his collaboration with the band U2 that helped end the Bosnian war.
If you have questions, please email Caroline Diehl, Global Goals Coordinator, at gro.z1566525562asvv@1566525562denil1566525562orac1566525562.
Learn more about Bill Carter at http://www.billcarter.cc/