Multi-Genre Senior Narrative by 9jjVQuZ


									                                           Multi-Genre Senior Narrative

Purpose: To use multiple genres of writing to tell your story in a unique and compelling way

Audience: Your teacher and anyone else with whom you’d like to share your story. An opportunity to share
your pieces with the senior class will be available before the end of the year.

What it is: Using multiple genres of writing, this narrative is all about you. It’s about conveying some aspect of
yourself or some memory or story about yourself through different genres in a collection of vignettes.

A vignette is a self-contained piece of writing; it makes a point on its own. So your multiple genre narrative will
have multiple vignettes written in different genres. There’s no set format for how you put together the vignettes;
it’s up to you. You decide how to present your story. Written messages come in a multitude of forms:
newspaper articles, poetry, prose, song lyrics, e-mails, postcards, business letters, blog entries, etc. Any genre,
any style of writing will work for each vignette. It’s your job to use those forms and choose those that will best
convey your story. Ultimately you decide how many vignettes you need to tell your story as well as how many
per page. The layout is completely up to you. However, there needs to be cohesiveness, a connection, a theme
that ties all of the vignettes together to create a compelling multiple genre narrative.

Remember, a good story has a heartbeat, a pulse, a purpose. It has a beginning, middle, and end that develops
and builds tension in order to propel your reader to the last page, to the last line, to the last word of the story. So
you need to ask yourself: What do I want to convey about myself? How will multiple genres help me to do that?

What it isn’t: It’s not a collection of newspapers articles, photographs, diary entries, or letters gathered about
you. It’s not someone else’s writing, someone else’s news report, diary entry or letter about you.
                                          IT IS NOT A SCRAP BOOK!!

It’s not using every single space on a page. It’s not double spacing every line. It’s not indenting every paragraph.
It’s not even about thesis statements or topic sentences or five-paragraph structure.

    Opening Letter / Prologue / Preface
       Your narrative needs to begin with an address to your reader. This address can be written as a letter, a
       prologue or a preface. The purpose is to TELL what you SHOW in the narrative. This is your chance
       to set up what is to follow. Explain your SO WHAT, WHAT, and HOW. Tell your readers what you
       want them to get out of your narrative. So what did you hope to accomplish? So what do you want them
       to realize or know about you once they’ve read your narrative? What genres did you use and why?
       What is your repetend/motif and how does it connect your pieces together?
    Genres
       A genre is simply a type, a category or a class of writing. There are many different types of writing.
       This narrative incorporates a variety of genres to tell your personal story.
            1. You need to include a minimum of four (4) different genres in your narrative. Any written
                genre is acceptable. We will discuss in class the variety of styles from which you may choose.
            2. When choosing a genre to tell your story, consider the purpose of each genre. Consider time
                period. Consider how the reader will receive the information via that genre. Song lyrics are
                generally received differently than a news flash. Be thoughtful with your selection. Song lyrics
                are generally received differently than a news flash. Be thoughtful with your selection. Try out
                different genres for each moment, each scene in your story. See which works best.
                Experimentation is the key to making each genre work in and of itself and as a collection for the
                whole narrative.
       Repetend
        A repetend is a motif or a recurring pattern that serves to link your vignettes together. Repetend could
        be a repeated genre, idea, patter, etc.
       Length
        There is no specified length. Your story is finished when it’s finished. Quality is more important than
        quantity. However, most students usually compose multiple genre narratives that are anywhere from 10
        to 50 pages in length. Remember, multiple genre narratives use the white space on each page with
        effect and purpose. Every line on every page does not have to be filled. Instead, the arrangement of
        words on each page, on the white space of the page, is significant when composing a multiple genre

List of Possible Genres
advertisement                           fable                                    personal narrative
arrest warrant                          friendly letter                          persuasive essay
billboard                               greeting card                            picture book story
book/movie review                       haiku                                    post card
bumper sticker                          how-to-article                           prayer
business letter                         infomercial                              preface or forward
cartoon                                 interview transcript                     product evaluation
college application essay               job application                          product jingles
commercial script                       job manual                               psychological profile
cover letter                            journal entry                            public announcement
declaration of war                      legend                                   receipt
deed                                    letter of complaint                      recipe
description                             letter of recommendation                 rejection letter
dialogue                                love letter                              resume
dictionary entries                      memo                                     scene from a TV show
directions                              menu                                     screenplay
editorial                               monologue                                script of a telephone call
e-mail                                  news article                             text message (with a key!)
epitaph                                 news feature article                     sermon
eulogy                                  newscaster script                        sonnet
eviction notice                         nursery rhymes                           speech
extended metaphor                       obituary                                 travel log
12th Grade English—Multiple Genre Senior Narrative Rubric

9-8:   These scores are for papers in which excellent content and impressive writing reveal the writer’s ability
       compose multiple genre narrative pieces that express personal experiences, epiphanies, expectations,
       etc. pertaining to the senior year. These papers also express ideas clearly and skillfully with stylistic
       maturity. They accomplish the following:

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