Blending Genre, Altering Style: Writing Multigenre Papers / Edition 1

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Overview

For Tom Romano, the multigenre paper is much more than a writing assignment. It is a multilayered, multivoiced literary experience. Genres of narrative thinking require writers to make an imaginative leap, melding the factual with the imaginative. Writers can't just tell. They must show. They must make their topics palpable. They must penetrate experience. Multigenre papers enable their authors to do that.

Blending Genre, Altering Style is the first book to address the practicalities of helping students compose multigenre papers. Romano discusses genres, subgenres, writing strategies, and stylistic maneuvers that students can use in their own multigenre papers. Each idea is supported with actual student writing, including five full-length multigenre papers that demonstrate the possibilities of a multigenre approach to writing. There are also discussions of writing poetry, fiction, and dialogue, in which readers will discover how students can create genres out of indelible moments, crucial processes, and important matters in the lives of the subject under inquiry. One chapter alone is devoted to helping writers create unity and coherence in their papers.

Imbued with Romano's passion for teaching, Blending Genre, Altering Style is an invaluable reference for any inservice or preservice English language arts teacher. The only prerequisite is a desire to help students write.

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“I find Romano's multigenre approach to research inspiring.”–The Quartlery
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867094787
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 501,312
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Romano has published numerous bestselling books including Crafting Authentic Voice; Blending Genre, Altering Style; Zigzag; and Writing with Passion (all from Heinemann). A professor at Miami University, Tom teaches writing and language arts methods in the Department of Teacher Education. He is also an instructor at the University of New Hampshire Summer Literacy Institute.
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Table of Contents

Multigenre Stirrings

A Place to Start

Teacher Expertise: Timing

The Damp of the Night

Starting Out, Multigenre Models, Workshop Routine

Teacher Expertise: Requirements and Structures

Openers

Teacher Expertise: Genre Possibilities

Obsession, Fact, and Fantasy

Teacher Expertise: Future Engineers and the Tie-Dyed Set

Talking Dialogue

Prose Fiction

Learning What We Need

What of Traditional Research Papers?

The Many Ways of Poems

Teacher Expertise: Branching Off

Risk and Exodus

Indelible Moments, Central Acts, Crucial Things, Meaningful Places

Teacher Expertise: Emotional Weight/Informational Grounding

Genres Answered

Expressive Writing

Identity, Race, Classical Literature

Unity and Fulfillment

Evaluation and Grading Epilogue: Taking the Plunge Appendix: Multigenre Teachers' Addresses

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