Multigenre Project Planner

5 Sources, 5 Blog Posts, 5 Genres

                                

Rather than a single, extended piece of writing about a single perspective on a topic (traditional research paper), a multi-genre research project is a collection of pieces—a 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 can’t 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, and examine your ideas.

                                                

Where to start:

I. Choose One of the Topics/Themes below:

This should draw on the ideas and knowledge you acquired in social studies during the Jigsaw and Station activities.

Upstanders

Bystanders

Victims

Prepetrators

Resistance

Nationalism

Choices

Universe of Obligation

Collaborators

Rescuers

II. Formulate A Claim/Thesis About The Topic/Theme:

A claim is not one word. It is not a phrase.  IT IS a statement that attempts to create an explanation worthy of thought and analysis.

Example Claims:

  • Resistance to the Nazis was not easy and required deep courage that not all human beings possess.

 

  • It was much easier for German citizens and conquered people to become bystanders and shut their eyes to the atrocities of the Nazis.

  • Nationalism is a powerful force for both good and bad and can lead citizens down a dangerous and scary path.

III. Select Genres/Projects

Incorporate five different genres pieces each anchored in a primary sources to convey the depth and complexity of the theme presented in World War II. In the reflection at the end of the project you will articulate your understanding, knowledge, and purpose in selecting the primary sources how each has informed your thinking about the topic.  Be sure to include the five sources and a works cited page with the final project.

Primary Sources

Photographs

Direct Quotes

Government

Documents

Letters

Diary Entries

Speeches

Propaganda Posters

Political Cartoons

Poetry

Interviews

Maps

Artwork

Genres (Choose five different Genres)

Poem

Historical

Fiction

Comic Book Excerpt

Drawing

Narrative

Letter

Diary Entry

Speech

Interview

Monologue

Internal Dialogue

Play

Vignette

As you research & create, you need to consider your topic and think about what genre/s would be effective to communicate your ideas/impressions. Before you select each genre for your project, you’ll need to ask yourself, “Why am I choosing this genre? What do I want to be able to say or express through this genre?” If you can’t answer that question, you are not ready to work on it. Your choices must be intentional and have a purpose.

                        

IV. Letter to the Reader

Your Letter to the Reader is an invitation for your reader. In three paragraphs you will address the following:

1. Introduce your topic and thesis. How did you come to select this theme? What personal connections have you made?

2. What primary sources and research did you use? How did these primary sources impact the pieces you wrote? Explain the order of the genres you have selected.

3. How has your research and writing opened your eyes to WWII? What have you learned and what do you want your readers to take away?  

V. Reflection/Coda at the end of the multigenre project

Address the following questions:

How do choices define us?

What are the consequences of not remembering WWII and the Holocaust?

How does the past influence your actions and treatment of others after your research and writing about WWII? What have you learned by completing this project?

Which mulitgenre piece you wrote are you most proud of and why?


Social Studies/ELA Multigenre Rubric

NAME ___________________________________________________________________________________        PERIOD _____________

Points

Student

Teacher

Theme/Topic

Clearly articulated theme and topic throughout the project.

5

Thesis/Claim

The thesis statement is in the form of a declarative sentence that states clearly and concisely the main point that the author is trying to make. Establishes a focus for the multigenre project.

10

5 Primary Sources Selected

3 or more different mediums of primary documents (see attached list of options). Include APA citations with each document.

10

Letter to the Reader

Introductory post that addresses primary questions about theme, thesis, and genre choices throughout the project. This is essentially a handshake and invitation for your readers to focus their reading and understanding of your project. Introduction includes a basic synopsis of the history studied and writer address the topics and events that were most compelling as they studied the history.  

15

5 Multigenre Pieces

Each piece utilizes one of the primary sources as its foundation and grounds its basis in the claim statement addressing the theme.  

40

Reflection & Coda

Reflection addresses the questions stated in the directions as well as a self reflection about writers process and personal experience throughout this unit.  The reflection can also include any linger questions or connections that this unit may have brought up for you.

15

Spelling, Grammar, & Writing Mechanics

Flawless project in terms of spelling, mechanics, and follows proper English conventions for writing.

5

Total Points

100

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