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This is Veronica Dujon's Assignment

Assignment # 5
The Environment and Conflicting Values in Social Systems
Due Date: Dec. 4 for script;
Dec. 9 for presentations
Goals: To practice elements of the writing process
To work in small groups
To use role playing as a method to understand the complexity of social problems
To explore the impact of individual vs. community responsibility for causing and resolving social problems
To employ basic elements of desk-top publishing (incorporating graphics in your final script
Garrett Hardin (1968), "The Tragedy of the Commons," Science 162, 1243-1248
Tragedy of the Commons," Environmental Management, 12(3), 273-283
Raymond de Young and Stephen Kaplan (1988). "On Averting the Tragedy of the Commons,
Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
The Demographics of Proximity to Toxic Releases: the Case of Los Angeles County
'Environmental Justice' Kills Jobs for the Poor
Assume that the movie "The Lorax" has been cut right after the Onceler reasons with himself that if he does not continue to cut the truffula trees someone else will, so he might as well. You, a freelance troupe, have been asked to improvise a new script and perform it. The producers, however, would like to see an alternative ending. To achieve this they have allowed you to introduce some new cast members not in the original script.
The Onceler: owner of the Truffula Products Corporation
The Lorax: advocate for the trees and animals
Factory Worker: The Truffula Products Corp. job is sole source of income
Environmental Activist: Concerned about environmental damage
Legislator: concerned about re-election in the near future
Consumer: enjoys truffula products but also lives in the community
Working in groups use improvisation techniques to rewrite the conclusion of the movie to produce an ending of your choice. All cast members must have lines. Remember each individual is a stake-holder and will only negotiate or change positions if convincing arguments are brought forward. The ending is to last no more than 15 minutes depending on your class size.
Use peer mentor sessions to write out and rehearse the skit. Incorporate graphics in the form of photos taken during rehearsals or other artwork using your computer software. The final scripts are due on the above date. Presentations will be scheduled for the end of the term. A cover page indicating the members of the group and the roles played must be attached.
You will be evaluated on the quality of the dialogue as well as the written presentation. In your first peer mentor session spend a few minutes to discuss what elements make for a good play. Some of these will be incorporated in the final evaluation.
Two approaches you may consider:
(a) Assign roles to each member of the group and through constant interaction and improvisation you arrive at some form of conflict resolution and a conclusion is reached.
(b) As a group agree on the plot ahead of time and jointly write the script accordingly.
Note: you are not limited to these options