It is possible to earn extra credit in this class by going beyond the
material covered in the classroom. You may do this by researching a
topic in greater depth or by applying what we have learned to the “real
Some suggestions: (don’t feel limited to these suggestions, but
check with me before doing something too different)
The number of points earned for a project will depend on the amount of
effort you put into the project, and the quality of the output. The
maximum number of points is 5% of the total points in the class
(usually 25 points). This is equivalent to half of a letter grade.
- Write a research paper on a topic related to this course. You
must list your references in a Bibliography and include citations
within the paper. Papers must be typed.
- Take a trip to some interesting outdoor location and analyze the
features that you find there. Document your observations with photos or
sketches and explain what natural forces created the features you
- Using photos taken on past vacations, analyze the photos in terms
of the topics discussed in class. Provide both the photos and your
written analysis for the extra points.
- Select some landscape paintings by your favorite artist and
describe what geological features they selected and analyze how
accurately they depicted them.
- Paint your own landscapes and include a description of the
landscape elements that you were trying to illustrate.
- Watch a TV documentary or read an article about something related
to this class and write a summary of what you learned, and give your
ideas about the topic.
All papers must be typed, and should include references unless all of
the work is your original ideas.
Go to Yosemite National Park. Yosemite exhibits such spectacular
examples of geological and geographical features that one can’t help
but learn just by being there. Since so many of you have never visited
this special place, I will offer you FULL extra credit points just for
spending a day in the park. Bring me a photograph of you in front of
some landscape feature within the park for your extra points. Warning –
there is a $20 fee for each vehicle that enters the park, but that fee
covers several days, so you can stay for all of spring break if you
choose. You should make reservations in advance if you plan to spend
the night in the park.
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