Gifted Seminar Multi-Genre Project

  • A multi-genre research project is a collection of piecesa cohesive series of written pieces in a variety of genres that look at different angles on the same question, topic, or theme. A multi-genre project is personal, creative, and cannot be copied from some other source. It involves you, the writer, making conscious decisions about what information or ideas are important, and how it should be presented to the reader.

    The purpose of this project is to develop your research skills, strengthen your writing skills, review how to document sources, explore writing in different genres, examine your ideas, and develop an opinion.  At the end of this project, you will have a product of your learning and research that will show both critical thinking and creativity.

    Traditional Research Paper

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    • single, extended prose piece • begins with a thesis
    • cohesion imp
    osed from the start

    • writer remains dispassionate about subject
    • approaches topic from a single perspective
    • follows conventions of formal prose writing
    • usually consists of only text
    • usually done as a solitary
    individual assignment
    • handed in to teacher
    • sometimes viewed as drudgery by students

    • cohesive series of pieces in variety of genres
    • begins with an interest
    • cohesion developed along the

    • helps researcher recover lost voices
    • writer personally engaged; opinions encouraged

    • takes many angles on topic
    • broadens the range of acceptable writing styles
    • artwork, graphics, design and packaging accompany text
    • involves much small-group work, peer response, and
    • performed in readers’ theatre celebration
    • often becomes students’ favorite and proudest achievement

    Click on the link below from Colorado State University to get more of a background on the multi-genre project.   Multi-Genre Projects: