Students learn traditional research skills in the context of writing a multigenre paper on a topic or issue of importance to them.
It emphazises both primary and secondary sources.
Opinions, personal narratives, and emotion have a place beside information found through research.
It taps into multiple intelligences. (creativity, imagination, artistry, etc.)
There is a real audience and purpose for the writing. The paper is shaped with this in mind. How will I draw in my reader? What do I want them to know? Which genres will make the biggest impact? How will I tie it all together? These are key questions to be considered.
Students practice their writing skills in the context of real writing.
It helps students bring life to their writing. (An excellent article on this topic can be found here.)