Current Event Assignment Format

Introduction: As a student going into the Design Build field, it is your responsibility to keep yourself up to date on current developments and trends in the construction field but also the technology and engineering field.  It is also important to understand your role as a global citizen and seek out green strategies and methods to work toward LEED accredited designs.



Part I: Finding an Article

  1. Choose an article of at least 400 words in length from a major news magazine, newspaper, or radio/TV segment [see appendix with list of required sources].
  2. Article must have something to do with:  Design, Architecture, Engineering, Construction, LEED, OSHA, ADA, Building Codes, 3D printing, BIM, Ergonomics, Landscaping, or Civil Engineering. (Open for suggestions)
  3. Carefully read the article. Re-read it if needed.
  4. Follow the guidelines below for choosing an article to ensure you receive full credit.
    • The article/segment must have been published within the past 9 months and cover our current topic in some way.
    • The article/segment MUST be printed and stapled to your current event report. (Print only first segment or first page of original article.)


Part II: Written Response

Complete a typed response and commentary to the article following the guidelines below.

  1. At the top of your typed response include the title of the article; the name of your source; and the date of the publication.
  2. Paragraph 1 (Summary): Write a summary of the article/segment in your own words. This summary should clearly demonstrate understanding of the material.
  3. Paragraph 2 (Explanation): Explain how this article relates to what we are studying in class.
  4. Paragraph 3 (Commentary): Describe how this article expanded your understanding of issues important to what we’re currently studying, or the current state of the world. Explain what insights you gained from the article. Some questions to consider:
    1. How does the information in the article relate to you?
    2. What is your opinion of what you are reading and the issue being discussed? Do you agree/disagree with the writer/creator of this news item?   Why or why not?


Questions for Discussion: Write two questions that come to your mind concerning the issues or events mentioned in the article. Be sure the questions are thoughtful. We will use these for class discussion.



Grading Rubric Below

Student Name:     ________________________________________
CATEGORY 5 4 3 2
Article Article is related to topic, stapled to back of report, at least 400 words & from past 3 mo. One of the article criteria are missing. Two of the article criteria are missing. Three or more of the article criteria are missing.
Summary Paragraph Summary is in students own words and clearly demonstrates understanding. Summary is students words & a general understanding is demonstrated. Summary borrows heavily from the article or is innacurate. Summary is vague, copied or not present.
Explanation Paragraph Student is able to relate article content to class material. General connection made between article and class material. Simple or brief connection made between article and class material. No attempt made to relate article content to class material.
Commentary Paragraph Evidence of learning or personal connection to article is present. General evidence of learning / connection. Simple or weak evidence of learning / connection. No evidence of learning or personal connection to article.
Questions for Discussion Two thoughtful, related questions are present. Two questions are present but are not thoughtful. Only one question present. No questions present.
Spelling / Grammar No grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors. Almost no grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors. A few grammatical spelling, or punctuation errors. Many grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors.


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