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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.
A Place to Start
Teacher Expertise: Timing
The Damp of the Night
Starting Out, Multigenre Models, Workshop Routine
Teacher Expertise: Requirements and Structures
Teacher Expertise: Genre Possibilities
Obsession, Fact, and Fantasy
Teacher Expertise: Future Engineers and the Tie-Dyed Set
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
Identity, Race, Classical Literature
Unity and Fulfillment
Evaluation and Grading Epilogue: Taking the Plunge Appendix: Multigenre Teachers' Addresses