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[Teacher-talkwrite6to8] Teaching Multgenre Writing

From: Lindsay Ball <brynnsmom21_at_gmail.com_at_learner.org>
Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2016 08:17:48 +0900

I have actually taught multigenre writing for several years. I learned
about it while in school and started teaching it while student teaching. I
have loved the ideas and energy students have while preparing for this
writing assignment. They enjoy discussing what genre is. The activity of
listing different genres is always a fun and lively one. It's fun to see
them realize that IM and email and notes to friends are example of genres
they can use.

 I usually have my students write a multigenre biography about another
student in class. I do like the idea of a multigenre autobiography because
there could be more to it. Having my students interview each other can be
limiting.The teacher on the video uses *Knots in My Yo-yo String* by Jerry
Spinelli is a great way to model autobiography.

The FQI is an interesting activity to get students to interpret the
information, ask more questions, and think of a genre to present the
information. It gets students thinking about it together and allows them
time to practice finding the right genre for their information. Many
students are very creative when it comes to this, but there are some who
struggle or don't know how to start. This activity gets them started.

I also liked the idea of mini lessons. I can't believe that I've never
thought about it. What a great idea to teach a mini lesson to the students
who need it. If several students are going to write an obituary then having
a mini lesson for those students about obituaries is so wonderful. It is
also a good idea to teach different genres throughout the school year
culminating into the multi genre writing project. This way the main genres
the students will use have been covered. This is a great end of the year

I have seen the passion and energy students use with a multigenre writing
assignment. I can see how making it an autobiography can add even more
passion and motivation.
Lindsay Ball
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