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Writing Resources for Architecture Faculty and Instructors

This website exists as a resource for instructors to improve the instruction of writing and graphic communication in the undergraduate programs. The Writing Enriched Curriculum serves as a guide for the resources on this site, based on feedback from faculty and TA workshops, as well as input from the Center for Writing.

 

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Forming a Topic

1.

Forming a thesis or proposition as a statement that is open to investigation and debate

2.

Generating, refining, or reforming questions related to the thesis or proposition

Description

3.

Searching broadly to locate sources that contain information relevant to the thesis or proposition

4.

Identifying evidence accurately and thoroughly -­‐   whether verbal or visual

5.

Evaluating, organizing, or assembling visual and verbal evidence into a hierarchy that explains their relative significance

Analysis & Interpretation

6.

Constructing arguments that are substantiated with appropriate evidence

7.

Leveraging multiple perspectives to support complex arguments

8.

Engaging visual materials and verbal arguments in a dialogue that recognizes the autonomy of both lines of inquiry

9.

Drawing inferences from the argument(s) that lead to synthesis

Conclusion

10.

Concluding with a summary or interpretation of the argument that develops, promotes, or advances the original thesis

11.

Discovering new ideas through the process of communication

Mechanics

12.

Using language and style to persuasively address the target audience

13.

Documenting verbal and visual sources using consistent citation formats so that readers can locate original materials

 

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