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Multiple Students, Multiple Experiences, Multiple Possibilities: Multigenre Projects in the English Classroom

Turner, Rachel (2014) Multiple Students, Multiple Experiences, Multiple Possibilities: Multigenre Projects in the English Classroom. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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Abstract

Research projects are typically not the most anticipated assignments during the school year by both students and teachers alike. Students do not look forward to all of the work and concerns about formatting that go into the projects, and teachers do not look forward to reading lackluster writing that students threw together just to get the assignment completed. But what if there were a way not only to get students excited about learning new ideas to share with their classmates, but also to offer a more entertaining way for them to showcase these ideas? What if there was a way for teachers to actually enjoy grading these projects as well? Some teachers would say there is a solution to this problem; they are the ones who have discovered the potential of using multigenre projects in their classrooms. By exploring the ideas behind why students pursue research projects and how that has shifted in secondary schools in Chapter 1, the reader gains a foundational knowledge to help them understand what goes into a multigenre project and how it can be derived from traditional assignments. Chapter 2 offers an outline of Blending Genres, Altering Styles by Dr. Tom Romano, a text thought to be one of the most comprehensive in the realm of multigenre research, as well as other articles that offer different approaches to multigenre projects. Chapter 3 focuses on how teachers can integrate multigenre projects into their own classrooms and what needs to be considered before implementing the assignment. Chapter 4 is where the author discusses her own experiences with multigenre type projects throughout her academic career, and the final chapter explores arguments teachers may encounter when considering using multigenre projects in the classroom. The appendices give the reader examples of different types of projects they may want to consider for their classes.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Laura Francis
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 14:00
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2014 14:00
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/162

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