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Love Canal. What you have learned. Creative Writing Essay. (Essay Sample)


 This essay is talking about what I have learned and discussed from this event and power point. Also breifly introduced what I have learned form the debate, the preparation of the debate and the rule of the debate.


Final Reflection for ePortfolio
Your final assignment is a 250 word 'reflection' on one or more concepts presented/discussed in this course. This will include a single figure (graph, map, etc.) presented in one of the labs (or a related figure from a reputable source).
While 250 words may seem short (and maybe easy'), we invite you to consider the words of Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662), a French mathematician, logician, physicist and theologian:
Jen'ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce queje n'ai pas eu le loisir de lafaire plus courte.
I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.
Writing a succinct reflection to an open-ended question - like the one below - takes time and effort. We encourage you to start early and plan to make several drafts as the semester unfolds.
Detailed requirements:
You will upload a document (.doc, docx, pdf) containing one figure (see below) and 250-300 words response to the questions below.
One photograph, data graph, map or other figure representing an important theory or observation related to our earth, environment, and/or climate. Most students will pick a figure from one of the labs (copy and paste it from the material into your word document). However, if you prefer to select your own related figure from a reputable source (check with your TA), that is acceptable.
Figure Description (3-5 sentences): Where does the figure come from and what does it illustrate? If a photograph, where was it taken and when? If a map or data graphic, how were the data collected and by who? This needs sufficient detail so that an educated reader who has never seen it will be able to understand what is presented in the figure.
Figure "Meaning" (3-5 sentences): Why is this figure is interesting to you? What is remarkable, unexpected, important about it? What did you learn from this figure (and related course content) that seems important in your life?
Course Reflection (3-5 sentences): How do your ideas described above illustrate what you learned throughout this and other courses you've taken to satisfy the Scientific Literacy and Inquiry sequence?
It's probably obvious from the details above that this assignment is unlike the other lab exercises from this semester. You are being asked to describe what you think is important from the course. What are you going to take away from this lab? You are encouraged to check the rubric for this assignment to see how your reflection will be graded. Below are some more detailed suggestions to consider as you write this final reflection.
Language Use-lfs very difficult to describe the differences between engaging writing that conveys a sense of voice and its opposite, but every one of your instructors can recognize the former as distinct from-and better than--the latter. In strong reflective writing, a bit of your personality and character should shine through to the reader due to the distinctive way you phrase your thoughts and due to the choice of words you use. That's your "voice." Unlike in most assignments in the sciences, it's okay to write in first person in your reflective writing. So you can write "I think" this and "I noticed" that in your reflective writing. Engaging writing uses language that is interesting, compelling, and captivating; it pulls the reader into the mind of the writer, instead of being a stale, forgettable recitation of facts.
Context and Reference-Your instructor knows about your work and the reflective writing accompanying it. because s/he made the assignment. However, other people with whom you share your ePortfolio will not know the context of each page in your ePortfolio.
If you jump right into your reflective writing without setting the proper context, most readers are going to be confused. At some point in your reflective writing (usually in the opening sentences) you need to encapsulate the assignment and the reflective writing prompt that have combined to elicit your brilliant thoughts. Try to do this is an imaginative way, rather than writing something like "For this class I had to analyze climate records from Buffalo, and now I'm going to reflect on how my analysis was interesting." Boring.
In addition to setting the context, effective reflective writing almost always makes reference(s) to specific elements of your work during the course. These references to your work constitute good evidence for the claims you are making in your reflective writing.
Elaborate your points with analysis, connection-making, questioning, comparisons, interpretations, and insights about yourself, your learning, or the wider world that are initiated by the assignment and the reflective writing prompt. Reflective writing is difficult for many of us; it takes a certain amount of courage, so go ahead and risk a little by pushing yourself as you translate your thoughts into writing.
Conventions of Standard Edited English--Your ePortfolio is a formal presentation of your academic self that you share with other instructors, friends, family, scholarship committees, and possibly others. Therefore you want to ensure that not only are the artifacts in your ePortfolio representative of your best work on signature assignments, but that your reflective writing is also free from obvious mistakes. Don't let simple mistakes detract from the quality of your reflection.Your TA can help you with the content of your reflection but we also encourage you to contact the UB writing center ( if you want specific advice on ways to improve your writing.


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Love Canal
I have learned that Love Canal is one of the most significant incidents of groundwater pollution in the United States. This incident happened in Niagara Falls, New York, and the major disaster took place not only in Love Canal but also in Valley of Drums, Kentucky and Times Beach, Missouri of that time. It led to the creation of Superfund in 1980, a federal program that was designed to identify and clean hazardous chemical sites across the country.

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