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Multigenre Report

  1. 1. The Multi-Genre Report Kelly Cooper Literacy Leader Eagleton Elementary School
  2. 2. The Multi-Genre Report <ul><li>Multi-genre reports can contain all the required elements of a traditional research paper such as quotations, works cited, definition of terms, presentation of information, analysis, and future implications. </li></ul><ul><li>The multi-genre report simply widens the parameters and allows students to use creative pieces including poems, news articles, lists, graphics, and diary entries. </li></ul>
  3. 3. How Do I Teach the Standards? <ul><li>The multi-genre report if used in the suggested way will cover the national and state standards for language arts. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Getting Your Students Started <ul><li>Choose a few interesting topics: historical event, famous figures, sports, current events, historical figures, topics of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Decide: Will there be any interest in this topic today? Can you find resources to support your research? </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorm possible facts about your subject. Would any of those facts lend itself to a specific genre? </li></ul><ul><li>Narrow the topic. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Will They Be Doing any Formal Research? <ul><li>Teach your students to make friends with the librarian, both at school and at the public library. They should search the card catalog, use encyclopedias, dictionaries, and biographies. </li></ul><ul><li>They must learn how to effectively and efficiently search the World Wide Web. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What Can They Write? <ul><li>Newspaper Article, Obituary, Editorial, Advice Column, Magazine Article, Sports feature, Eyewitness account, Announcement, Poster, Invitation, Ad, Travel Brochure, Greeting Card, Cartoon/comic strip, Pamphlet, Book jacket, Wanted poster, Skit/short play, Song/music, Poem, Short Story, Personal narrative, Dialogue, Monologue, Fairy tale, Children’s book, Character sketch, Radio broadcast, Talk show, Autobiography, Diary/journal </li></ul>
  7. 7. Model, Model, Model <ul><li>Introduce your students to the different types of genres. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure to model each genre and provide numerous examples of each. </li></ul>
  8. 8. How Do I Grade This Report? <ul><li>Always begin with a rubric. Make sure your students are familiar with the rubric and can use it independently. </li></ul><ul><li>Teach your students how to peer edit the pieces created. They should know how to give positive remarks and possible corrections/revision suggestions. </li></ul>
  9. 9. How Long Will It Take to Complete? <ul><li>Most multi-genre reports consist of 6-12 pieces. </li></ul><ul><li>Students could complete two pieces per week. </li></ul>
  10. 10. A Multi-Genre Report Have a Plan: Semantic Map <ul><li>I chose to research The New Deal </li></ul><ul><li>Language Arts: Write and present a reader’s theater relating experiences during the Great Depression, Write letters to Mrs. Roosevelt asking for one need and one want, Write a poem for two voices listing the pros and cons of The New Deal, Write a job application and the interview that followed </li></ul><ul><li>Science: Discuss the details of Soil conservation, Create a diagram of the process of photosynthesis in plants, Write a letter describing the impact of the introduction of electricity in rural Tennessee, Describe the effects of polio </li></ul>
  11. 11. Continued <ul><li>The Arts: Create a collage of images of positive changes Roosevelt made, Create an ABC booklet of The New Deal, Design a bumper sticker promoting Roosevelt for president </li></ul><ul><li>Social Studies: Distribute pictures of various images depicting the depression and have students respond to pictures, List needs and wants, Read text sets and choose type of report, Write questions for Invited speakers from different agencies </li></ul>
  12. 12. Even More <ul><li>Math: Study the stock market for one week and keep a diary of results, Create a budget using minimum wage pay, Write word problems involving money, Research how much money it would take for a family of four to live during the Depression </li></ul>
  13. 13. Genre: Newsletter The New Deal Volume 1, Issue 1 Tennessee Valley Authority Aid for the Tennessee Valley   The Tennessee Valley Authority Act was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt today creating the TVA on May 18, 1933. TVA will bring electricity to an area that is in dire need of it. Agriculture and farming, the main source of revenue for the region, has been nearly destroyed by overplanting crops, spent soil and erosion. TVA will introduce electric power to the region which will make farms far more effective. Also, TVA agents will introduce new farming procedures such as crop rotation which will vastly improve the region’s ability to produce much needed agricultural products.   Federal Housing Administration FHA: A New Way to Borrow Our country is facing one of its biggest challenges. Many banks are failing and people are living in poverty. The National Housing Act has created the Federal Housing Administration. FHA has been put into place to allocate more funds for borrowers and to keep those borrowers from losing their homes to foreclosure. If you are facing foreclosure, you should contact your local FHA Agency to see if the new interest rates and mortgage loans can work for you.   Civilian Conservation Corps CCC: Brining Work to America   The Civilian Conservation Corps is an organization that provides employment to young men. The government will employ 18-25 year olds to do a wide variety of jobs ranging from agriculture to forestry and especially helping to create some of the national parks by building trails and buildings. The workers will be housed in camps and run with a more relaxed military discipline by U.S. Army Reservists. A portion of the worker’s income will be required to be sent home. One of the conditions of employment is that the worker’s father has to be unemployed. Contact your local CCC Agency if you fulfill the qualifications and would like employment at this time.          
  14. 14. Dear Sara Beth, It has been near an eternity since I last saw you. How are you doin? Everything is mighty fine around here. Times have been hard, but we’re makin’ it by eatin’ from the garden as much as we can. You won’t believe what happened just the other day. We’d been hearin’ about it for months. Well, now we got modernized. Men have been workin’ up and down the mountain for weeks. They been setting lines and layin’ out poles. They kept sayin’ that soon our life would be better because of electricity. You know I had visited kin folk in Knoxville and so I already knew about electricity and I been lookin’ forward to it for a while. So like I said, the men were working plenty hard and finally got done with our part of the mountain. Electric lights sure do make things easier. We try not to use them so much so that we won’t waste it. We’ve done decided to take a loan for one of those fancy fridgidaires, but will make do with our wood stove for a while. Once we’ve paid for our electric icebox, we’re gonna buy an electric stove. I know that we won’t never be able to get a television set, but wouldn’t it be powerful fun to at least have a radio of our very own? You sure enough will have to come and visit. We’ll leave the lights on! See ya’ll soon, Anna Mae     By 1939 the REA had helped to establish 417 rural electric cooperatives, which served 288,000 households. The actions of the REA encouraged private utilities to electrify the countryside as well. By 1939 rural households with electricity had risen to 25 percent.   Genre: Letter
  15. 15.   Stock market crash Unemployment Hooverville Roosevelt New Deal First Hundred Days Holiday for Banks FDIC Security Alphabet agencies CCC, TVA, AAA, CWA, PWA, FERA, NIRA Second new deal Social security Indian reorganization Opposition Socialism Aging Supreme Court justices Stacking the courts World War II Genre: List
  16. 16. Resources <ul><li>Putz, Melinda. A Teacher’s Guide to the Multi-genre Report. NH: Heinemann, 2006. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Romano, Tom. Blending Genre, Altering Style: Writing Multigenre Papers . Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2000. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Allen, Camille. The Multigenre Research Paper:Voice, Passion, and Discovery in Grades 4-6 . Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2001. </li></ul>