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ERIC Number: ED458618
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 17
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Holy Mitosis Batman, It's a Gamete: Blending (Bending) the Research Genre.
Barton, Fred
Ken Macrorie coined the term "I Search," which puts the writer at the center of the paper and seeks to put a human face on the data collected. Looking for a way to use the research writing assignment to help students learn to adjust their ideas to different formats by becoming more aware of how different structures can be shaped around their ideas, this paper's author/educator plotted writing modes according to their degree of formality and size of audience. Explained in the paper is how the concept of audience awareness was used as a starting point to put together a sequence of student assignments that gradually built awareness of the implicit structures of writing awareness, culminating with a paper that pushed the limits of classic genre-based styles. The first step is an interview paper in which the students find a person with a story, get him or her to tell this story, and then create a paper that mixes the storyteller's voice with their own. The second step is a further complication of the first. Students are asked to abstract an idea out of the first paper that they feel is worth further investigation and, using the elements of the first assignment that relate to that idea, build upon it with the addition of secondary research. In the fairly traditional third paper, students are free to seek a topic of their own, and while the approach is I Search (emphasizing the author's voice), they must also include both primary and secondary research. The final assignment is the climax (handout contains an example). The goal is to show students that they can say what is important for them to say and adjust it in a way that will be appropriate and interesting across a wide range of contexts. A graph and an assignment sheet are attached. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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