Learning Module 11
Definitions and Perspectives
about the Multigenre Essay
EDLL 5341/EDLL 5344
March 31, 2014
Overview:
• The Focus for this week’s learning module is to
develop your understanding of the multigenre
essay and help yo...
What is Multigenre Writing?
http://writing.colostate.edu/gallery/multigenre/i
ntroduction.htm
Tom Romano’s Website
http://www.users.muohio.edu/romanots/
Cognitive Vs. Emotional
Writing/Narrative Thinking From
Blending Genre/Altering Style
“In most of my writing the cognitive...
Why Study Multigenre Writing as a
Part of Content Area Literacy?
• Multigenre writing is a unique tool for teaching
studen...
Grammar A and Grammar B
• Compare the two samples of writing over
Count Basie on page 18 and page 20.
• What is distinctiv...
Requirements of the Multigenre
Essay
 Paper should be at least 5-7 pages in length
 Include a minimum of five different ...
The Book that Inspired Tom Romano to teach
Multigenre Writing: The Collected Works of Billy the
Kid
• “Out of his inquiry ...
Before you Begin Writing:
1. Read Excerpt from The Collected Works of Billy the Kid
by Michael Ondaatje.
2. Read “Cosmetic...
Reminder:
Read Chapters 5-8 in Blending Genre,
Altering Style and select a topic for your
multigenre essay for our next cl...
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  1. 1. Learning Module 11 Definitions and Perspectives about the Multigenre Essay EDLL 5341/EDLL 5344 March 31, 2014
  2. 2. Overview: • The Focus for this week’s learning module is to develop your understanding of the multigenre essay and help you get off to a solid start on this project. To this end, I would like you to start this journey by examining definitions and different perspectives about the multigenre essay. You have approximately one month to complete this assignment. The sooner you identify a topic, the better for you! During the next few weeks of our course, I will focus your attention on the theories and techniques for completing this project. • Due Date for the Multigenre Essay is April 25th
  3. 3. What is Multigenre Writing? http://writing.colostate.edu/gallery/multigenre/i ntroduction.htm
  4. 4. Tom Romano’s Website http://www.users.muohio.edu/romanots/
  5. 5. Cognitive Vs. Emotional Writing/Narrative Thinking From Blending Genre/Altering Style “In most of my writing the cognitive and the emotional are entwined. This happens because in whatever I write, I seek a place for narrative thinking. More than I am interested in reflecting on or abstracting from experience, I am interested in rendering it so that readers live the page. When done well, Tom Newkirk (1997) contends, such rendering ‘penetrates’ experience (p. 95), taking readers inside a present moment, present because narrative thinking lets us experience the writing, a little like watching a compelling movie or Count Basie presiding above the rumpus or Liz Irish step dancing” (p. 24).
  6. 6. Why Study Multigenre Writing as a Part of Content Area Literacy? • Multigenre writing is a unique tool for teaching students to think about content matter. It involves complex levels of synthesis and analysis as well as representation and communication. • Disciplinary-focused literacy entails multiple genres and modalities of text and the Discourses associated with comprehending and creating such texts (e.g., symbols, graphs, pictures, music). Multigenre writing is a way to bring multiple types of texts together with print-based texts and in so doing forge a bridge between disciplinary-driven forms of literacy and traditional print-based definitions and expectations of literacy.
  7. 7. Grammar A and Grammar B • Compare the two samples of writing over Count Basie on page 18 and page 20. • What is distinctive about the style of each of these pieces? • Which one is emblematic of a “grammar A” (traditional) style and which one is emblematic of a “grammar B” (alternate) style?
  8. 8. Requirements of the Multigenre Essay  Paper should be at least 5-7 pages in length  Include a minimum of five different genres of writing  Refer to at least five different, research-based references  Include an introductory letter to readers  Include documentation of referenced material within the paper (i.e., in-text citations)  Include a reference page for sources  Include an end notes page that lists the sources for each genre of writing
  9. 9. The Book that Inspired Tom Romano to teach Multigenre Writing: The Collected Works of Billy the Kid • “Out of his inquiry into Billy the Kid, Ondaatje created a complex, multilayered, multivoiced blend of genres, each revealing information about his topic, each self-contained, making a point of its own, unconnected to other genres by conventional transitional devices . . . All of these genre snapshots combine to re-create part of the factual world of Billy the Kid but also the imaginative world of dramatic scenes . . .Factual and emotional. Objective and subjective. Real and imagined” (p. 4).
  10. 10. Before you Begin Writing: 1. Read Excerpt from The Collected Works of Billy the Kid by Michael Ondaatje. 2. Read “Cosmetic Clips” on page 7 in Blending Genre, Altering Style. (Please note this is not a research example of multigenre writing; it is a personal narrative.) 3. Read sample multigenre essays written by a high school student and a former EDLL 5341 student. 4. Brainstorm a list of possible topics for your paper. 5. Brainstorm a list of possible genres you could use in your paper.
  11. 11. Reminder: Read Chapters 5-8 in Blending Genre, Altering Style and select a topic for your multigenre essay for our next class

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