Writing Assignments

Writing Assignments
Making Meaning out of Stone


Please note: I am giving you the assignments up front on the first day of class for a reason. And that is that I do not accept late papers under any circumstances. You have sufficient time from the 1st of September until the due dates to complete these exercises. And they need to be completed at the time assigned in order for them to be useful to you. Each essay will be worth 20% of your overall grade for the class.
Your written work should be:
• grammatically correct,
• in academic prose (meaning do not use colloquial language),
• illustrated and
• footnoted.
You may use whatever footnote form you choose.
Unfootnoted papers will be returned to be re-written (please see the college’s plagiarism policy on the Library website). Please note that illustrations also need to be credited. You will have four days from the time the paper is returned to hand it back in with citations. If you miss this deadline the paper will be considered to not have been handed in.
Papers should be handed in to me in class on the day they are due. I will not accept papers sent electronically after one o’clock on the day the paper is due.

You may send me electronic copies of your paper in advance of the due date if you want me to comment on them. Please do not send them for comments the evening before they are due, chances are I will not have time to read them thoughtfully and get them back to you in time for you to make the necessary changes (if there are any).

Papers will be graded on:
• their understanding of the material (the quality of your research),
• style,
• clarity, and
• capacity to verbally evoke the building or space described.
Of these criteria clarity is probably the most difficult to achieve. Make sure you write your papers early enough so that you can get at least one other person to read them over before you hand them in. 

Paper length: Papers need to be long enough to adequately fulfill the assignment.


VISUAL/HISTORICAL ANALYSIS DUE – Draft due October 5; Final due 19
Find a building either in one of the readings or in Brattleboro and
1. Research its history: when it was built, why it was built, who paid for it, what it was intended to be used for, what it is used for now.
2. Write a visual analysis of the building describing all aspects of its form from material to dimensions and site.
3. Combine this visual analysis with a summary of the building’s history in whatever way you think most accurately captures the building’s meaning today.


URBAN ANALYSIS DUE – Draft due November 2; Final due November 23
Find an urban space either one we have read about, in Brattleboro, or in a city you have visited over the course of the semester and
1. Research its history: how it was created, when it was created (dates of all the buildings that border the space), why it was made, who paid for it, what it was intended to be used for, and what it is used for now.
2. Write a visual analysis of the space, how one moves through it, what are the main paths, what you see as you move along them. If any specific rituals take place in the space describe them and what happens during them. Make sure you pay attention to the social stratification of people within the space.
3. Combine this visual analysis with your research on the history of the space in whatever way you think most comprehensively explains how the space is used today.
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