IMAX - 3D Regal Research: Multigenre Writing Responds to Those Who Say, "You Can't Do That in a Research Paper!"
Traditional research papers cannot stand as the lone measuring stick for how well students can present their knowledge and thoughts. Their very essence goes against much of what recent pedagogy says about teaching research and writing. By setting the bar too low with a five-paragraph essay as the benchmark for success, teachers fail to sufficiently challenge their students. Multigenre writing is a way to learn the necessary research skills developed in traditional methods and demonstrate a deeper understanding of multiple genres. By allowing the students to present their findings through both traditional and alternative forms of expression, multigenre essays challenge students to keep up instead of punishing them with monotonous methods. Students have a choice in what to research instead of being spoon-fed a dry topic. The motivation to work and the desire to finish comes from a passion for the subject that goes way beyond the traditional avenue of just getting it over with. In the secondary classroom we teach individuals and there must be multiple ways for writers to develop their skills. By giving students freedom in topic choice and assessment scales, we increase their investment in education. We should work with our class to shape the curriculum instead of imposing it upon the students. A multigenre unit opens itself up to this kind of teaching through its focus on the individual learner. During conferences, teachers meet one on one with students to address their needs, develop their writing, and guide the research. The workshop environment, one of sharing and support, will take students to the next level in their education, beyond the heights of a traditional essay. Teachers should embrace this research format for the betterment of their practice and their students' futures.
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