Golden Gate Park
Harney Science Center 143
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:55-11:40
Professor David Silver
Office: Kalmanavitz 141
Office hours: Tues & Thurs 3-4 pm
Contact: dmsilver [ at ] usfca [ dot ] edu
Golden Gate Park is a First-Year Seminar that explores the history, built environment, popular narratives, and mixed uses of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Through readings, class discussions, and library workshops, students will develop a broad and keen understanding of the park; through field trips, students gain valuable on-site experience in and with the park. An accelerated writing seminar, Golden Gate Park fulfills USF’s Core A2 requirement.
In this class, students will learn:
o How to read, analyze, and summarize complex texts from multiple fields and subjects;
o How to develop interesting research questions based on outside research and individual interests;
o How to use Gleeson Library and online tools to find relevant material from a range of sources and disciplines;
o How to write, edit, revise, and polish clear and compelling essays that, when necessary, keep with the conventions of academic and/or professional discourse; and
o How some sand dunes called the Outside Lands became Golden Gate Park.
o Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, 2nd Edition (W. W. Norton, 2009)
Tuesday, January 25
Thursday, January 27
Read: Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, “‘They Say’: Starting with What Others Are Saying,” in They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing (or TSIS), pp. 19-29. Twitter Workshop.
Tuesday, February 1
Read: Graff and Birkenstein, “‘Her Point Is’: The Art of Summarizing,” in TSIS, pp. 30-41; and Raymond H. Clary, “The Birth of American Parks,” in Making of Golden Gate Park: The Early Years: 1865-1906, pp. 1-5.
Thursday, February 3
Read: Clary, “The Beginning of Golden Gate Park” and “The Visionary Plan of William Hammond Hall,” in Making of Golden Gate Park, pp. 11-27.
Tuesday, February 8
Field trip: Conservatory of Flowers
Thursday, February 10
Paper 1 due in class. Library Workshop.
Tuesday, February 15
Read: Graff and Birkenstein, “‘As He Himself Puts It’: The Art of Quoting,” in TSIS, pp. 42-51; and Clary, “Politics in the Park,” in Making of Golden Gate Park, pp. 33-43.
Thursday, February 17
Read: Gray Brechin, Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin, pp. 80-89.
Tuesday, February 22
Field trip (with Peter Novak, Vice Provost for Student Life): National AIDS Memorial Grove. Prior to field trip, read: Christopher Pollock and Erica Katz, “The Eastern End,” in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park: A Thousand and Seventeen Acres of Stories, pp. 12-49; and "About the National AIDS Memorial Grove."
Thursday, February 24
Paper 2 due in class. Library Workshop.
Tuesday, March 1
Read: Graff and Birkenstein, “‘Yes / No / Okay, But’: Three Ways to Respond,” in TSIS, pp. 55-67; and Clary, “Midwinter Fair,” in Making of Golden Gate Park, pp. 110-125.
Thursday, March 3
Read: Graff and Birkenstein, “‘And Yet’: Distinguishing What You Say from What They Say,” in TSIS, pp. 68-77; and Pollock and Katz, “The Music Concourse,” in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, pp. 50-79.
Tuesday, March 8
Field trip: The Music Concourse and The Japanese Tea Garden
Thursday, March 10
Paper 3 due in class. Library Workshop.
Week 8 (March 15 & 17)
Tuesday, March 22
Read: Graff and Birkenstein, “‘Skeptics May Object’: Planting a Naysayer in Your Text,” in TSIS, pp. 78-91; and selections from Christopher Pollock’s Golden Gate Park: San Francisco's Urban Oasis in Vintage Postcards.
Thursday, March 24
Read: Graff and Birkenstein, “‘So What? Who Cares?’: Saying Why It Matters,” in TSIS, pp. 92-101; and Sally B. Woodbridge, John M. Woodbridge, and Chuck Byrne, “Golden Gate Park & Vicinity,” in San Francisco Architecture: An Illustrated Guide to the Outstanding Buildings, Public Art Works, and Parks in the Bay Area of California, pp. 197-205.
Tuesday, March 29
Field trip: The de Young Museum
Thursday, March 31
Paper 4 due in class. USF Roundtable featuring Shawn Calhoun (Gleeson Library); Alex Hochman (Career Center); and Charlene P. Lobo Soriano (First Year Student Services).
Tuesday, April 5
Read: Graff and Birkenstein, “‘As a Result’: Connecting the Parts,” in TSIS, pp. 105-120; and Clary, “The Great Disaster,” Making of Golden Gate Park, pp. 156-169.
Thursday, April 7
Read: Graff and Birkenstein, “‘Ain’t So / Is Not’: Academic Writing Doesn’t Always Mean Setting Aside Your Own Voice,” in TSIS, pp. 121-128.
Tuesday, April 12
Read: James R. Smith, “California Midwinter International Exposition – 1894,” in San Francisco's Lost Landmarks, pp. 111-126.
Thursday, April 14
James R. Smith, “Playland at the Beach,” in San Francisco's Lost Landmarks, pp. 44-53.
Tuesday, April 19
Graff and Birkenstein, “‘But Don’t Get Me Wrong’: The Art of Metacommentary,” in TSIS, pp. 129-138.
Thursday, April 21
Paper 5 due in class. Library Workshop.
Tuesday, April 26
Read: Josh Sides, “The Unspoken Sexuality of Golden Gate Park,” in Erotic City: Sexual Revolutions and the Making of Modern San Francisco, pp. 123-140.
Thursday, April 28
Read: Wikipedia entries for Golden Gate Park; Conservatory of Flowers; AIDS Memorial Grove; Music Concourse; and Japanese Tea Garden.
Tuesday, May 3
Read: Philip J. Dreyfus, “Greening the City,” in Our Better Nature: Environment and the Making of San Francisco, pp. 67-100.
Thursday, May 5
Paper 6 due in class.
Tuesday, May 10
Field trip: The Beach Chalet and Ocean Beach. Prior to field trip, read: Pollock and Katz’s “Facing West,” in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, pp. 112-125.
Thursday, May 12
Reflection Paper due in class.
There is no final exam in this class.
Paper 1 - 10%
Paper 2 - 10%
Paper 3 - 10%
Paper 4 - 10%
Paper 5 - 10%
Paper 6 - 10%
Reflection Paper - 10%
Class participation - 15%
Field trip participation - 15%
Because this is an accelerated writing seminar, attendance is crucial. Students are expected to attend each class and field trip, have all readings finished prior to class or field trip, and be ready to participate in class discussions. Missing class, or attending class unprepared, will significantly affect your final grade. If you do miss class, contact a classmate or two to find out what you missed and ask to borrow their notes. After doing this, if you have questions about missed material, visit me during office hours.
Plagiarism is using another person’s words and/or ideas without giving appropriate credit. Plagiarism is a serious violation of academic honor and personal integrity and can result in failing an assignment, being removed from this course, or even being asked to leave USF.
1. No late work accepted.
2. In class and on field trips, no drinking out of non-reusable containers.