BOOK ASSIGNMENT

Part 1

Be sure that your report answers the following questions:

1. WHAT BOOK did you read (give a full bibliographic citation)? (after report as an appendix)

2. What happened in the fire described in the book? Describe some particulars such as when and where did the fire occur, what type of structure was it, how severe was it – basically telling the story of the fire. Also, think about the kinds of destruction that are described – where was there significant damage, and why? Why did the fire happen? (1.5 pages max)

3. Why were so many people injured or killed? Be specific, and try to categorize the reasons that are expressed in the book. (2 pages max) Think about ways to present this information clearly, perhaps using tables or figures, or clearly organized text.

4. CONFIRM that the author is accurate. You will want at least two other sources (only one of which is internet based) that will allow you to opine on whether the author(s) of your book is accurate, in keeping with most people, or controversial in their theories about the ways the fire started or why it was so dangerous.

5. Was the structure typical of other similar structures at that time? Would the same thing likely have happened at another similar structure? Were there specific features that did not comply with the law?

6. Did YOU like this book? Would you recommend it to others? Produce a review of it as an object of entertainment, perhaps using a review of a book in a magazine or newspaper as an example. (0.5 page max)

The overall report will be 5-6 pages in length, not counting any cover, table of contents, or appendices. You should use space-and-a half, 12 point font, 2 cm margins all around, A4 paper. Number your pages. Spelling, grammar, presentation will be graded .

SUGGESTED* OUTLINE:

Front Matter (cover page, table of contents)

Introduction, to include a brief summary and a hint as to your key observations

Description of the Fire, to include item 2 above

Impact of the Fire, to include item 3 above

Setting of the Fire, to include item 5 above

Conclusions, to include your thoughts on, for example, any particularly interesting thoughts or observations you have on the fire and its relationship to cultural or functional design decisions or systems.

As discussed in class, you should determine if you believe that the author is expressing widely held or controversial views (item 4 above), and present this information as appropriate and relevant inside other sections.

Back matter (a reference list with complete bibliographic records for any sources including the book you read and auxiliary sources (items 1 and 4), your review (item 6), and other relevant information you wish to include).

* Note that this is a suggestion. That means not a requirement. If you think of a better outline or way to organize that hits on all the questions, and that the reader can find them easily, then feel free to use it. The key thing – you MUST have an organized presentation of your thoughts, with paragraphs and groupings of content that make it readable.

ANTICIPATED RUBRIC:

0 – The report is turned in later than the assigned due date/time. This is not negotiable for any reason. NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED AT ALL.

F (59 and below) – The report is not turned in, is turned in after the due date/time, or is turned in before the due date/time without answering the guiding questions in a way that they can be found. There is little evidence that the writer read the assignment. The report is written in an unprofessional tone and/or with so many errors in English spelling and grammar, and/or in fact, that it cannot be understood. The writer makes no effort to help the reader find things with things such as an accurate table of contents, section headings, etc.

D (60-69) – The report is turned in before the due date/time. Of the guiding questions, only 1 is answered clearly and well, in a way that it can be found. The report is mostly written in a professional tone, with many errors in English spelling and grammar. Some concepts introduced or reviewed in the class are correctly used, but there are several errors in fact or areas left incomplete. In spite of these problems, the report can still be generally followed. Some efforts to guide the reader are provided. The report is shorter than the minimum length or violates format to expand a shorter work, or the report is much longer than the maximum length.

C (70-79) – The report is turned in before the due date/time. Of the guiding questions, only 2 are answered clearly and well, in a way that they can be found. The report is written in a professional tone, with few errors in English spelling and grammar. There are minor errors in fact or areas left incomplete, but for the most part the concepts introduced or reviewed in the class are correctly used. The report addresses the questions asked, but evidences little beyond the minimum effort required, and the report, while complete, is boring and/or overlong. It is possible to find things easily via guidance provided to the reader.

B (80-89) – The report is turned in before the due date/time. Of the guiding questions, all are answered clearly and well, in a way that they can be found. The report is written in a professional tone, with rare errors in English spelling and grammar. There are no errors in fact or areas left incomplete. The report addresses the questions asked, with some evidence of effort to understand the subject and convey it to the reader. It is possible to find things easily via guidance provided to the reader. Ideas presented in the book are related to corresponding ideas from the classroom.

A (90 and above) – The report is turned in before the due date/time. Of the guiding questions, all are answered clearly and well, in a way that they can be found. The report is written in a professional tone, with only one or two errors in English spelling and grammar. There are no errors in fact or areas left incomplete. The report addresses the questions asked, and goes beyond by evidencing interest in the subject, additional research into the event, and is interesting and engaging to read. Very specific concepts from the class are applied to the reading in new ways, and/or original examples are used to illustrate concepts from the reading. The report is well organized and clear.