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In this packet, you’ll find everything you need for a creative STEM-ELA interdisciplinary project on architecture and design. Using the handouts provided, you will introduce students to a variety of unique architectural and design choices around the world, get them thinking about what would matter to their chosen literary characters in designing a home, help them sketch out ideas for the exterior and interior of their character’s homes, guide them in clearly linking their choices to their understanding of their characters, assign them a final version of the project, help them showcase their projects to each other in a class display, give awards for peer-reviewed excellence, and finally, grade the project with the rubric.
Here’s what’s inside:
Architecture Web Quest: Photocopy this handout to begin the unit. Explain the basics of the project briefly and then either book a computer lab for everyone to work on the web quest, or ask students to complete it at home. Collect and grade this handout to ensure completion.
Your Character, The Architect: Give students a chance to begin brainstorming for the project in class, so you can answer questions as they come up. They can always finish this at home.
Sketching the Exterior: Again, start this in class, after students have completed the previous handout. Even if you only spend five minutes in class, and then have it finished as homework, you will have a chance to answer many questions. Check for completion in class but don’t keep it, as students will need it to create their final project.
Sketching the Interior: Now that students are a ways into the project, you can either workshop this in class or assign it as homework. Check for completion in class but don’t keep it, as students will need it to create their final project.
Explaining your Choices: Have students complete this once the exterior and interior sketches are done; it will help them a lot when it comes to their final paper. Check for completion in class but don’t keep it, as students will need it to create their final project.
Putting it All Together: You may wish to give this to students at the start of the project work, or keep it until they have completed all the steps up until now. It simply explains what they will need to create for their final project, based on all the steps they have completed.
Character Home Showcase: Photocopy this for each student to complete during the final project showcase. On the day the project is due, let students display their work, view each others’, and fill out these nomination forms. Tally the votes and give out the awards for excellence the next day.
Awards for Excellence: Fill in the names of the students who win these awards by peer vote and award them with much pomp and circumstance in class. A small prize like candy or a get-out-of-homework free card makes a great accompaniment.
Character Home Rubric: Use this rubric to grade these complex projects swiftly and clearly.
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