Architectural interiors

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Instructions

 

Pick a piece of domestic architecture. The most likely space might be the home you live in, but you could also choose to discuss a friend’s home or the home of a relative. Focus on the building’s interior space. Describe the space, and be very mindful of how the space is divided, and the effect that is achieved by this division. Does it serve its function as a domestic space? How does it do so? Is the space homey and welcoming? Is it cramped and uncomfortable? Is it a bright and open feeling? Does it feel rundown and in need of change or updating? Does it feel unremarkable, or does it feel unique (remember this assignment has to do with the space itself and not any furnishings or persons associated with the space)? Remember that the interior space is completely a creation of the building and its properties.

 

Next, choose another space you inhabit regularly, and one that you especially enjoy inhabiting. Compare this to your domestic interior. What is the space’s function? How is the interior structured? How is it similar or different from your domestic interior? If you prefer one over the other, why? If you enjoy both, is this based on some similarity, or do they simply achieve their goals in different ways? Again, be sure to focus your discussion on the space itself and not the things in that space, although the degree to which a building or room may feel open or crowded can be affected by things within it.

Post this on your blog, and if possible, include images taken with your phone of one or both spaces, clearly indicating what the photo depicts.

This assignment should be 250 words minimum and will be assessed on its formal clarity, the quality of the writing and editing, its degree of engagement with its topic, its creativity/inventiveness/originality of ideas, and the sophistication of thought it expresses.

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Rubric

2020 Blog Post/Writing Rubric

2020 Blog Post/Writing Rubric

CriteriaRatingsPts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContent

Ability to incorporate and synthesize learned material into written responses that are accurate and meaningful, and which reflect student’s grasp on, and ability to think independently about the course content.

35 pts

Exceptional

The student shows mastery of the relevant information and ideas and demonstrates deep thinking on the topic. The response demonstrates creativity, synthesis, and/or incisive critical thinking on the issues at hand.

30 pts

Good

The student demonstrates a solid grasp of the material and can convey responses to the material in a clear, accurate, and thoughtful manner. Depth of student knowledge and thinking on the topic seems adequate but not exceptional. The response is solid but may not make new critical leaps, or synthesize information in unexpected ways.

25 pts

Adequate

The student demonstrates basic familiarity with the material and adequately addresses the prompt. Conveys ideas in a coherent, though unremarkable, manner.

20 pts

Unacceptable

Student response lacks clarity, accuracy, or demonstrates a lack of thought and engagement about ideas/material, or an inaccurate grasp of ideas/material.

35 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrammar/Mechanics

Ability to craft coherent thoughts in standard English, free from errors in diction, spelling, grammar, and punctuation, and edited for flow and clarity.

35 pts

Exceptional

Writing is well-edited and completely free from errors in spelling, grammar, diction, and punctuation. Reads smoothly, clearly, and with careful attention to sentence rhythm, word choice, and thoughtfulness about overall flow.

30 pts

Good

Writing is clear, well-edited, and completely free from errors in spelling, grammar, diction, and punctuation. Shows some awareness of word choice and overall flow.

25 pts

Adequate

Writing is largely free from errors in spelling, grammar, diction, and punctuation is largely clear, and demonstrates some attention to editing and reader experience.

20 pts

Unacceptable

Writing contains several errors in spelling, grammar, diction, and/or punctuation. Is unclear and shows little to no editing.

35 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeStructure

Ability to form a body of ideas on a topic into a coherent whole. Knowledge of how ideas flow together and how transitions connect passages logically to one another.

30 pts

Exceptional

Argument/exposition demonstrates mastery of form and flow and overall awareness of the assignment as a written whole. Demonstrates creative, inventive, or incisive solutions for presenting students’ thoughts and course materials in novel, meaningful and effective ways.

27 pts

Good

Argument/exposition demonstrates a grasp of form and flow and awareness of the assignment as a written whole.

23 pts

Adequate

Argument/exposition is coherent and complete but shows little to no thought to design. Ideas are presented clearly, but with no compelling logic or order.

20 pts

Unacceptable

Argument/exposition is haphazard and not logically presented.

30 pts

Total Points: 100

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