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"A Love for the Land":
Where Are You? Who Are You?
"The way people have used the landscape has
really defined Maine to the rest of the nation. It's been a crucial
part of our own self-identity as Mainers, and it's been a very
crucial part of the way people outside the state view Maine today."
--Richard Judd, Professor of History, University
Though we might take it for granted, we are all affected
in some way by the environment that surrounds us. Think about
the landscape that surrounds you. What is it like? How do you
use it? How does it help make you who you are? In this assignment,
you will have a chance to consider these questions. Follow the
Make a map of your neighborhood. First, choose what
you will put on your map. You must include your home and your
street. You might also want to include your school, your place
of worship, a nearby park or place you like to play, or a good
friend's house. Your map should include places that you consider
to be a part of your neighborhood. It does not have to be exactly
to scale, but all the places you include on your map should be
Next, describe how you use the land around you. Are
you a sailor, because you have access to the ocean? Do you like
to fish on a nearby lake or a river? Maybe you play golf, because
there is a golf course nearby, or maybe you ride your skateboard
in the city square. In about half a page, describe something you
normally do in your neighborhood or community. How does where
you live affect who you are?
Now, in about half a page, describe how people who
lived in your town 100 years ago might have used the same land.
Use your imagination, but base your conclusions on what you saw
in the video, A Love for the Land. Which streets or houses might
not have been there? Would there have been more fields? Less forestland?
Would children of your age have been doing the same thing you
described in part 1? Would they have been using the land in different
Bring your writing to class and be prepared to share
your observations with your classmates.
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