Fearless Writing by Tom Romano. Multigenre to Motivate and Inspire - Heinemann Publishing
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Fearless Writing

Multigenre to Motivate and Inspire

By Tom Romano

What does it mean to write fearlessly? Tom Romano illustrates the power of multigenre papers to push students beyond the “safety zone” of narrative and exposition into a place where fact meets imagination, and research meets creativity.

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“Multigenre writing is an immersion in a big topic of personal importance.  I want students to taste such passionate immersion.  I want them to experience how that immersion, combined with the possibility of multiple genres, can waken a boldness of expression in them. Students’ subjective experience with multigenre will affect their attitude toward writing. It will affect your attitude toward teaching.”
—Tom Romano

What does it mean to write fearlessly?  Tom Romano illustrates the power of multigenre papers to push students beyond the “safety zone” of narrative and exposition into a place where fact meets imagination, and research meets creativity. A place to try the untried.  Fearless Writing empowers students to leap into this personal, multifaceted take on research writing by giving you specific strategies and practical ideas to help students:

 

  • Generate topic ideas
  • Design research plans
  • Develop core elements of a multigenre project
  • Create innovative genres and “golden threads” of unifying elements.

While multigenre papers address many Common Core writing standards, Tom’s passionate response to both the strengths and weaknesses of the Common Core serves as a lightning bolt of awareness, and a rallying cry for a writing curriculum of genre diversity. 

Expand your notion of writing and teaching writing, fearlessly.

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Contents

Section 1: Origins, Definitions, and Sample Multigenre Paper
Section 2: Assignment and Preparation
Section 3: What to Write, How to Write It
Section 4: Prime Spots
Section 5: Evaluation and Reflection

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Tom Romano is a visionary, and this is a visionary book.  The very idea that students—or anyone—would write a piece combining expository, narrative, argument, poetry, and more, seems downright revolutionary in the classroom, even though it happens all the time in the world of print.  Somehow, though, this kind of synthesis was ignored by the standards for writing.  Check out the CCSS and you will see in a heartbeat how neatly packaged the umbrella genres are, as if they were mutually exclusive by nature, never meeting and never needing to meet.  This book blows that myth to kingdom come, at the same time suggesting that we can meet the requirements of the standards (indeed, sail right on by to more spectacular achievements) through the teaching of multigenre writing.  The promise is big—and the book delivers.
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