English Language Arts / TeacherDes Moines, IA
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How do you teach your students to blend genres in their writing?
The CCSS includes three discrete "text types and purposes" in the standards, privileging argument, followed by explanatory/informative, and, in a distant third, narrative writing. And while the ELA Appendix A does note that "Skilled writers many times use a blend of these three text types to accomplish their purposes," I have seen few examples of how teachers and especially schools are taking up this idea of "Texts that Blend Types."
I'm asking this question as a former English teacher, current teacher librarian, and current doctoral student in the University of Iowa's Language, Literacy, and Culture program. Thomas Newkirk's book "Minds Made for Stories" is a beautiful story of the foundational power of narrative in all types of writing, and I'm interested in hearing stories and seeing examples of assignments and curriculum documents that embrace writing that defies rigid categories. Thanks in advance for sharing your examples!
- English Language Arts / Science / Social Studies
- Pre K-12
- Common Core