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Why Multigenre?

  • 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.)