All incoming first year students at Florida Gulf Coast University will read Susan Cerulean’s Tracking Desire: A Journey after Swallow-tailed Kites in order to explore FGCU's Learning Goal Ecological Perspective. A work of nonfiction, Tracking Desire charts both the natural history and biology of swallow-tailed kites and the author’s own encounters with this spectacular bird.
The summer reading assignment expects students to analyze the issue of ecological perspective in the book, as well as to consider the relationship between what students learn in the book and their own interactions with the natural world. Ultimately students should begin to understand and address the ten General Education Learning Goals in order to begin their own growth and development (these goals are located at the link below.
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