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|Grades||3 – 10|
|Interactive Type||Writing & Publishing Prose|
|ABOUT THIS INTERACTIVE|
These days, when students read and write, often it is not only in one genre. Instead, the types and kinds of reading and writing intertwine and blend together. Their work becomes multigenre. In Blending Genre, Altering Style (Heinemann, 2000), Tom Romano describes how multigenre texts work: "Multigenre allows us to "meld fact, interpretation, and imagination,' into a series of self-contained pieces called crots that appear in forms that include poetry, prose, drama, and exposition" (109). This interactive invites students to create original multigenre, multimodal works-one drawing and three written texts. The tool asks students to name the genres for each section, making the tool flexible for multiple writing activities. The Multigenre Mapper Planning Sheet, a printable PDF, allows writers to draft and revise their work before going online to use the interactive.
Lessons That Use This Interactive
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
After reading and analyzing short examples of travel writing and discussing conventions of the genre, students write their own travel articles.
Related Classroom & Professional Development Resources
Grades 6 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Recurring Lesson
This recurring lesson encourages students to comprehend their reading through inquiry and collaboration. They choose important quotations from the text and work in groups to formulate “quiz” questions that their peers will answer.
Grades 5 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  December 23
After reading Nothing But the Truth, students explore a current event topic and write their own short work of fiction in a similar multigenre format.
Grades 9 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  December 2
Students use the Multigenre Mapper interactive to explore Macaulay's use of multiple genres by composing original multigenre texts.