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World Events Multigenre Research: Step 3: Write

Genre Choices (Definitions)

Poem--a piece of writing often having figurative language and lines that have rhythm and sometimes rhyme.

Short Story--The definition of a short story is a piece of fiction that has a limited number of words, only a few characters and one theme.

Newspaper Article--A news article discusses current or recent news of either general interest (i.e. daily newspapers) or of a specific topic (i.e. political or tradenews magazines, club newsletters, or technology news websites). Anews article can include accounts of eyewitnesses to the happening event.

Letter--A business letter is usually a letter from one company to another, or between such organizations and their customers, clients and other external parties. The overall style of letter depends on the relationship between the parties concerned.

Interview--A meeting between two or more people with designed questions.

Advertisement--something (such as a short film or a written notice) that is shown or presented to the public to help sell a product or to make an announcement

Timeline--a linear representation of important events in the order in which they occurred.

Speech--A formal arrangement to share ideas with an audience.

Song--a short poem or other set of words set to music or meant to be sung.

Genre Requirements

Requirements for Genres

Poem Use Word.  Structure of a poem.

·         Title is centered at top and in quotation marks

·         May or may not rhyme or have rhythm 

·         15 lines minimum

·         Relate to essential question and explain how the topic changed the world

Short Story Use Word.  Remember to begin paragraphs with new dialogue and new ideas.  

·         Title is centered at top and in quotation marks

·         Main character/narrator must be a significant person related to topic (choose first person)

·         Must include a problem and solution

·         Resolution must tie in to essential question

Newspaper Article Use Publisher, Business Newsletter.  Writing tips here.

·         Must visually represent a front page of a newspaper article--use text features like titles, columns, headings, pictures, captions, page numbers, advertisements, etc.  

·         To answer the essential question, the article must foreshadow effects that will result because of the event

Letter Use Word, Business Letter. Sample Here

·         Format must represent a business letter

·         Recipient and author must be actual people who lived.  (The letter is NOT from a "fan" or "bystander.")

·         The purpose of letter should be clear.

·         To answer essential question, the author should give advice or criticism to the recipient.

Interview Use Word and follow the transcript structure here.

·         Questions must relate to the research and essential question

·         Answers should be in complete sentences and should be longer than the questions

Advertisement Use Publisher, Advertisement template.

·         Appearance must fit the year it represents—include colors, font, item and slogan that were relative to that time period

·         Include a paragraph that explains research and impact of event or person and if it still applies today

Timeline:  Use this website

·         Include 15 events within the specific year chosen

·         Include sentences and pictures.  

·         After the last event on the timeline, include a prediction about the impact of the person or event to answer the essential question

Speech  Use Word, see example structure and paragraphing.

·         Must be an original speech written by you  

·         It can be an introduction to a famous speech OR  it can be a speech to honor the famous person for an award, OR a  eulogy

Song Use word.  See structure example here.

·         Title is centered at top and in quotation marks

·         Must be an original song

·         Lyrics must have logic and coherent thought.  

·         The essential question must be answered in the song.

*Finishing Touch*

Before Printing, do the following.

1.  Check format using links in middle box.

2.  Do you have proper paragraphs and/or indentations?

3.  Add color, if appropriate to titles, borders, words, etc.

4.  Add picture from your research website, if appropriate.

5.  Add name.

6.  Check all requirements for genre.

7.  Print as follows:

Black & White:  cart printer

Color:  ABM_Area_LMC_HPCLJCP4025dn