Multigenre Research Project

What the Common Core Says

CCSS - Language Arts Standards

- Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.

[Students] need to know how to combine elements of different kinds of writing (JEFF ANDERSON)—for example, to use narrative strategies within argument and explanation within narrative—to produce complex and nuanced writing. They need to be able to use technology strategically when creating, refining, and collaborating on writing. They have to become adept at gathering information, evaluating sources, and citing material accurately, reporting findings from their research and analysis of sources in a clear and cogent manner.

National Writing Project's Digital Is

Book Resources

Blending Genre, Altering Style: Writing Multigenre Papers by Tom Romano
The Multi-Genre Research Project by Camille A. Allen
A Teacher's Guide to the Multigenre Research Project by Melinda Putz
The Digital Writing Workshop by Troy Hicks
Get It Done - Writing and Analyzing Informational Text by Jeffrey D Wilhelm, Michael Smith, and James Fredricksen

Additional Resources

Writing Fix - Informational journal prompts
Multigenre Mapper
BioCube(for identifying characteristics of a person for a biography)
Barry Lane's Wacky-We Search Handout
Graphic Writing/Novels - Visual literacies - Self guided research

Multigenre Rubric

Contact Information:

Jeremy Hyler
Twitter: @jeremybballer