Write an essay of 4-5 pages in which you choose a dynamic (or set of linked dynamics) from Whitmore’s An Introduction to Tropical Rain Forests (Chapter 5 and Chapter 7) to use as a lens. Build an argument by looking at a second source from the unit through the lens you create out of Whitmore’s rainforest source. Try to create a detailed lens out of something specific and focused in our Whitmore rainforest source. Explain how that dynamic or process or relationship you are pulling out of Whitmore works precisely (feel free to use several dynamics and tie them together to articulate your lens). Flesh out that lens by working through HOW the elements or processes or network of interrelations are at work in rainforests. In other words, don’t make your lens one sentence. Create a full, detailed, complex paragraph in which you do justice to the intricacy of the process or dynamic (or linked dynamics) you are using from Whitmore’s rainforest source to construct your lens.
Then apply that lens to the second source (James Cameron’s Avatar). Look through the frame of thinking you have explained to create that lens and see what is revealed in the second source. In that second source, target specific elements or dynamics or processes or relationships you choose. In other words, don’t try to analyze the whole second source. Again, you are selecting something specific, or several interrelated dynamics, in that second source and analyzing them in accordance with what you see by looking at those dynamics through your lens.
Your argument, then, is what is revealed in the dynamics you choose from the second source when you look at them from the perspective you offer from the first source (Whitmore’s rainforest source). You show us HOW we can understand these dynamics from the second source in a certain light now that, thanks to you, we see them through your rainforest lens.