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"Genre is the way writers express their worlds."

- Kelly Quintero
Kelly Quintero
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  • Read ° Write ° Think, a site sponsored by NCTE, IRA, and Marcopolo, has several lesson plans you may want to consider to help your students learn about and practice writing in different genres. You can search their index of lessons to find relevant lesson plans such as:

  • Kelly Quintero uses this activity to help her students explore one genre of writing: the persuasive essay.

  • In multigenre pieces, writers express their ideas in a combination of genre pieces linked to a universal theme. Another related form is called mixing genres. In writing this kind of work, writers first learn about the traditional boundaries of a single genre and then explode them. This article, originally published in NCTE's English Journal, shows how moving beyond generally accepted characteristics of the traditional five-paragraph essay can yield a powerful writing and reading experiences.

  • Victor Villanueva's writing is considered by many to be an exquisite example of multigenre writing. Review or present to your students his Prologue from his classic work, Bootstraps: From an American Academic of Color as you explore multigenre writing.

  • Have you encouraged your students to mix genre or involved them in a multigenre project? How did it turn out? Share these thoughts and others on Channel-Talk.
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