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Fearless Writing: Multigenre to Motivate and Inspire
     

Fearless Writing: Multigenre to Motivate and Inspire

by Tom Romano
 

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ISBN-10: 0325048061

ISBN-13: 9780325048062

Pub. Date: 08/08/2013

Publisher: Heinemann

"Multigenre writing is an immersion in a big topic of personal importance. I want students to taste such passionate immersion. I want them to experience how that immersion, combined with the possibility of multiple genres, can waken a boldness of expression in them. Students' subjective experience with multigenre will affect their attitude toward writing. It

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"Multigenre writing is an immersion in a big topic of personal importance. I want students to taste such passionate immersion. I want them to experience how that immersion, combined with the possibility of multiple genres, can waken a boldness of expression in them. Students' subjective experience with multigenre will affect their attitude toward writing. It will affect your attitude toward teaching."
-Tom Romano

What does it mean to write fearlessly? Tom Romano illustrates the power of multigenre papers to push students beyond the "safety zone" of narrative and exposition into a place where fact meets imagination, and research meets creativity. A place to try the untried. Fearless Writing empowers students to leap into this personal, multifaceted take on research writing by giving you specific strategies and practical ideas to help students:

  • Generate topic ideas
  • Design research plans
  • Develop core elements of a multigenre project
  • Create innovative genres and "golden threads" of unifying elements.

While multigenre papers address many Common Core writing standards, Tom's passionate response to both the strengths and weaknesses of the Common Core serves as a lightning bolt of awareness, and a rallying cry for a writing curriculum of genre diversity.

Expand your notion of writing and teaching writing, fearlessly.

Read sample chapters here.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325048062
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
08/08/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
741,684
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Section I Origins, Definitions, Sample Multigenre Paper 1

1 Personal History: A Shift in the Territory 2

Student Voice: 'Unfinished Music #1-John" 2

2 Why Read Fearless Writing? 4

3 Definition of Multigenre 8

4 Some Multigenre History: Dialog with a Skeptic 9

Melding fact and imagination

5 Definition of Multigenre in the Spirit of Multigenre 16

6 What's Wrong with Exposition? (Well-Written, Pointed, Voiceful Exposition, of Course) 17

Writing as mural, not snapshot

7 Narrative Thinking 20

"Logic and sermons never convince, The damp of the night drives deeper into my soul"

Student Voice: "Grey Area" 21

8 "Make 'Em Write One" 23

9 Multigenre Before Multigenre 25

Surprising facts about writers blending genres

10 Multigenre Interlude 27

Student Voice: "Motivation Massacre 2007" 29

Section II Assignment and Preparation 42

11 The Many Ways of Multigenre 43

Multigenre assignment: specific instructions with room to soar Multigenre Anxiety 46

12 Multigenre Through Media 49

Introduce multigenre with Ken Burns' Jazz

13 Tilling the Garden: Idea Exploration and Research Design 52

Student Voice: "Five Multigenre Ideas with Annotations" 54

Student Voice: "MGP Research Design" 57

14 Memo for a Final Boost 62

Encouragement, research strategies, flow

Section III What to Write, How to Write It 66

15 What to Write About 67

Alert students to places where writing hides

16 Don't Run from Exposition 72

Vividly explain, cogently argue (sometimes with sass)

Student Voices: Expository writing 73

17 Crafting Narrative 77

Anchoring multigenre in story Flashes: characters who yearn

Student Voice: "Treasure Lost" 80

18 Quality writing 82

Personify abstractions: "Procrastination sits around in his bathrobe"

STUDENT VOICES: "Regret," "Exhaustion," "Freewriting," "History and Tradition" 83

Revision is the party

19 Poetry 89

What makes poems poems

"Near the End" Nancy McDonald 89

"Waiting for the Dog" and writing process comments Ken Brewer 94

Student Poem that Sucks 96

Student Voice: "taste" 97

20 Easing into Poetry Through imitation 99

"Report to Ken Brewer, Poet Laureate of Utah" Tom Romano 99

Student Voices: "Where I'm From," "The Truth About Why I Dig," and "Unit Of Measure" 101

"The Truth About Why I Love Potatoes" Mekeel McBride 103

21 Prose Poetry 108

The lively hybrid without rhyme or line

Student Voices: "Making Meaning," "Cold," "Twice a Year the Library Bustles" 110

22 Prose Poem or Flash Fiction-Which? 112

"Trouble Sleeping" Tom Romano 112

23 Where the Mind Wanders, Part I: Stream of Consciousness 115

Capture the illusion and glory of raw thought: courting spontaneity

Student Voice: "on a bus in germany/switzerland in June after high school graduation" 117

24 Where the Mind Wanders, Part II: Writing Dreams 119

Imagine dreamscapes to reveal character "Brad's Dream" Donald M. Murray 120

Student Voice: "Recurring Dream" 123

25 Innovative Genres 125

Often, the best parts of multigenre papers arise organically from the material and the writer at work

Student Voices: "The Learning Abled: A Definition," Visual Elements, "The Little Mermaid Uncovered," Dedications 126

Section IV Prime Spots 134

26 Don't Dis the Beginning 135

Arouse readers' interest from the start

Student Voices: Four multigenre beginnings 136

27 Of Golden Threads and Unity: "I Remember That!" 141

Introduce unity through film

Employ artful repetition to unify: five strategies

Student Voice: Ellen's Golden Thread 147

28 Another Rhetorical Space 150

Create endnotes that enlighten

Student Voice: "How I Became a Writer in the Sixth Grade" and corresponding endnote 152

A ghost from teaching past: Jonathan

Section V Evaluation and Reflection 156

29 Evaluation and Learning 157

An unconventional rubric When rubric turns trivial: Marina

30 Self-Assessment: Raising the Blinds 169

Student Voice: "I don't need another rubric for why I missed the mark" 169

31 Pre-Game: Multigenre Meets the Common Core Standards 177

32 What's Right and Wrong with the Standards for Writing 181

33 Something Hot and Savory 191

Works Cited 195

Acknowledgments 199

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