The Multi-Genre Portfolio. A research-based collection of writing. Why is Genre important?.
The Multi-Genre Portfolio
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“You can’t just write “writing”; you’ve got to be writing something,--whether it’s a thank-you note or novel or journal entry. And until you know what kind of thing you’re making, you’re going to be silent.”~Lattimer, 2003
What is theMulti-Genre Portfolio?
“Each piece in the [portfolio] utilizes a different genre, reveals a facet of the topic, and makes its own point. Conventional devices do not connect the pieces in a multi-genre paper, nor are the pieces always arranged in chronological order. The [portfolio] is instead a collage of writing and artistic expression with an overarching theme that engulfs and informs the reader.”~Allen, 2001
Students will learn to
Conduct library and internet research
Read analytically from a variety of sources
Write and revise in multiple genres for multiple purposes
Think and problem-solve with peers and independently
Think creatively by integrating the arts with their research
Use multiple intelligences and divergent thinking skills (Allen)
Strategies for choosinga topic: Cubing
Describe It —How would you describe the issue/topic (color, shape, size?)
Compare It —It’s sort of like…(what is it similar to? What is it different from?
Associate It —How does the topic connect to other issues/subjects (what does it make you think of?)
Analyze It —How would you break it into smaller parts (How is it made or what is it composed of?)
Apply It —How does it help you understand other topics or issues (how can it be used?)
Argue for/Against it —Take a stand and support it.