The Multigenre Project includes at least 8 documents (including an Introduction, Table of Contents, 5 documents of different genres) that offer a sustained argument about your chosen issue. By creating documents in different genres (e.g., the narrative essay, editorials, feature stories, brochures, short fiction, charts, scripts, etc.), you learn to write for multiple audiences, multiple purposes, and multiple forums. DO NOT RESEARCH. You must pick a topic you are familiar enough to write about without conducting research. If you add research to this project you will receive a 0.
Your entire MGP should be presented in a theme that best fits your purposes. Past students have “packaged” their MGPs as a CD, a scrapbook, a photo album, a patient file, an employee handbook, a manual, a newspaper, a magazine—the options are endless! Just be sure to offer us a table of contents (TOC) that provides an overview of and title for each document.
Your Introduction serves as a guide to readers, helping us understand the issue you’re addressing, offering us insight about why you chose the genres you chose, etc. The intro is your chance to help us understand why this topic is important, how we should “read” your documents, etc. The intro may be written as a letter to readers, a magazine article, an editorial, etc.
The bulk of your MGP will be the five documents, each representing a different genre, that helps persuade your audience(s) to your point of view. Aim for a good balance of genres, and be sure that none of your sources required you to do research. You can use text books from this and other classes, you can use knowledge you already have, etc.The 5 documents that make up the body of your MGP should show your knowledge, creativity, and ability to persuade your audience(s) toward your central claim.