What is a multigenre paper?
While they may sound new or unusual at first, these research papers have proven very successful in the past. Multigenre papers are a new kind of research papers that rely on research to learn about a subject, but then they are presented in a non-traditional format. The format relies on various genres that are created by the writer to convey a different side of the subject than could be expressed by a traditional paper. This paper requires that you blend narrative writing and transactional writing (expository). You will convey real details in a more creative way.
An overview of the process:
|View sample papers from past students to get an idea of the scope of the project.|
|Choose a topic that will be engaging for you to research and for others to read/hear about.|
|Begin researching your topic through articles, books, encyclopedias, the internet, whatever sources will provide you with the best information on your topic.|
|As you research, keep track of your sources for a Works Cited page, just like in a traditional research paper. (We’ll follow the MLA format as you’ve learned in Writers Inc. Some writers prefer easybib.com or slatecitations.com)|
|Brainstorm ways to make your final paper cohesive; there needs to be some unity holding it together. The repetend ( a group of words, a phrase, or an image that is repeated exactly, unexpectedly) is a useful device for achieving unity. Another way to achieve unity is via a structure. Many outstanding papers utilize both techniques.|
|After you complete the final paper, include a prologue telling your reader how to read the paper, and perhaps even what inspired the project.|
|Finalize your Works Cited page. (No fewer than five sources; three may be websites, the others must have originally been printed, regardless of whether you found them online or not.)|
|Create a notespage (to identify each piece that you wrote and what inspired it &/or what you were trying to convey)|
|Double check your paper, using the Multigenre Assessment page as a guide to be sure you haven't forgotten anything.|
|Submit your 6+ page paper ON TIME (50% off for late work).|
|Don't forget to submit to turnitin.com on the due date.|
|Prepare for your presentation over your topic.|