Fearless Writing Multigenre to Motivate and Inspire

ISBN-10: 0325048061

ISBN-13: 9780325048062

Edition: 2013

Authors: Tom Romano

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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.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 8/2/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Tom Romano has published numerous bestselling books including Crafting Authentic Voice; Blending Genre, Altering Style; Zigzag; and Writing with Passion (all from Heinemann). A professor at Miami University, Tom teaches writing and language arts methods in the Department of Teacher Education. He is also an instructor at the University of New Hampshire Summer Literacy Institute.

Origins, Definitions, Sample Multigenre Paper
Personal History: A Shift in the Territory
Student Voice: 'Unfinished Music #1-John"
Why Read Fearless Writing?
Definition of Multigenre
Some Multigenre History: Dialog with a Skeptic
Melding fact and imagination
Definition of Multigenre in the Spirit of Multigenre
What's Wrong with Exposition? (Well-Written, Pointed, Voiceful Exposition, of Course)
Writing as mural, not snapshot
Narrative Thinking
"Logic and sermons never convince, The damp of the night drives deeper into my soul"
Student Voice: "Grey Area"
"Make 'Em Write One"
Multigenre Before Multigenre
Surprising facts about writers blending genres
Multigenre Interlude
Student Voice: "Motivation Massacre 2007"
Assignment and Preparation
The Many Ways of Multigenre
Multigenre assignment: specific instructions with room to soar Multigenre Anxiety
Multigenre Through Media
Introduce multigenre with Ken Burns' Jazz
Tilling the Garden: Idea Exploration and Research Design
Student Voice: "Five Multigenre Ideas with Annotations"
Student Voice: "MGP Research Design"
Memo for a Final Boost
Encouragement, research strategies, flow
What to Write, How to Write It
What to Write About
Alert students to places where writing hides
Don't Run from Exposition
Vividly explain, cogently argue (sometimes with sass)
Student Voices: Expository writing
Crafting Narrative
Anchoring multigenre in story Flashes: characters who yearn
Student Voice: "Treasure Lost�
Quality writing
Personify abstractions: "Procrastination sits around in his bathrobe"
STUDENT VOICES: "Regret," "Exhaustion," "Freewriting," "History and Tradition"
Revision is the party
What makes poems poems
"Near the End"
"Waiting for the Dog" and writing process comments
Student Poem that Sucks
Student Voice: "taste"
Easing into Poetry Through imitation
"Report to Ken Brewer, Poet Laureate of Utah"
Student Voices: "Where I'm From," "The Truth About Why I Dig," and "Unit Of Measure"
"The Truth About Why I Love Potatoes"
Prose Poetry
The lively hybrid without rhyme or line
Student Voices: "Making Meaning," "Cold," "Twice a Year the Library Bustles"
Prose Poem or Flash Fiction-Which?
"Trouble Sleeping"
Where the Mind Wanders, Part I: Stream of Consciousness
Capture the illusion and glory of raw thought: courting spontaneity
Student Voice: "on a bus in germany/switzerland in June after high school graduation"
Where the Mind Wanders, Part II: Writing Dreams
Imagine dreamscapes to reveal character "Brad's Dream"
Student Voice: "Recurring Dream"
Innovative Genres
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
Prime Spots
Don't Dis the Beginning
Arouse readers' interest from the start
Student Voices: Four multigenre beginnings
Of Golden Threads and Unity: "I Remember That!"
Introduce unity through film
Employ artful repetition to unify: five strategies
Student Voice: Ellen's Golden Thread
Another Rhetorical Space
Create endnotes that enlighten
Student Voice: "How I Became a Writer in the Sixth Grade" and corresponding endnote
A ghost from teaching past: Jonathan
Evaluation and Reflection
Evaluation and Learning
An unconventional rubric When rubric turns trivial: Marina
Self-Assessment: Raising the Blinds
Student Voice: "I don't need another rubric for why I missed the mark"
Pre-Game: Multigenre Meets the Common Core Standards
What's Right and Wrong with the Standards for Writing
Something Hot and Savory
Works Cited
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