Multi-Genre Ancestry Project Melding Fact, Interpretation, and Imagination (Tom Romano, Writing with Passion) You will research your topic (ancestry) just as you would for a traditional research paper: collecting information and recording it, synthesizing the information, then presenting it through writing. Instead of the single, extended prose piece of a traditional research paper, though, this project will consist of a number of creative pieces in various genres, imaginative writing based on fact. You’ll organize all that writing and put it in a topic-appropriate package. Requirements Genres: You must complete assignments 1-4. Detailed instructions are provided for each genre. Select three genres from 5-8 to complete. Doing additional work is optional for additional points. Each due date below is for a quality rough draft. You will get checked off for turning in the piece on time and given feedback. The points will be earned with the final package on Oct. 17th. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) Sept. 13th Travel Brochure 30 points th Sept. 19 Double Voice 20 points th Sept. 27 The News Article 30 points th Oct. 4 Dear Ancestor 20 points The Six-Room Poem Complete 3 pieces of writing from these 4 genre options; you may do more The Recipe than one piece from 1 genre 30 points (10 points per piece) The List All due Oct. 11th Artifact Presentation Final Product: You will be presenting your multi-genre writing pieces in a package of your choosing. Be sure to include the following requirements. These will not be required as rough drafts. You may wish to complete these items at any time. You will be presenting to your peers by discussing your project process and selecting your favorite piece to read out loud. Create a title page that includes your name, date, title of the project points) (10 Include a table of contents that state your titles of work, genre type, and possibly page number (depends on your package type) (10 points) Write a letter to the reader which introduces your project and describes your process. Be sure to include any information that the reader might need to understand your ancestry and information provided in the project. This letter must be a minimum of 200 words. (20 points) Document your sources in a Works Cited page (20 points) You should create a package for your project that reflects the nature and spirit of your subject. The pieces you create should be arranged in some logical order. You should find some way to create flow/cohesion in your project. (10 points) Present your final product by discussing your project process and selecting your favorite piece to read out loud. Dress professionally on this day and be prepared (know what you are going to say and prepare your reading ahead) Primary Standards Standard 1: Oral Expression/Listening: Development of effective research questions and inquiry techniques leads to concise and appropriate presentation of information Attention to evidence promotes successful writing revision and clarity of purpose Standard 2: Reading: Point of view’s relationship to historical context The difference between primary and secondary sources Various artistic media can provide diverse points of view to enhance a viewer’s understanding of an event Standard 3: Writing: Write informative/explanatory/persuasive texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content The writing process and steps to effective revision Develop a fact-based topic Standard 4: Research and Reasoning: Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate Synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating; use parenthetical citations to document sources Free Ancestor Search http://www.searchforancestors.com/ http://www.searchforancestors.com/google/searcher.html http://www.squidoo.com/genealogy4kids#module11082722 http://www.genealogytoday.com/ http://www.freedomcenter.org/genealogy/?gclid=CNSY-dXF0qMCFYvr7QodV37yuA http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html# Find your surname http://genealogy.about.com/od/surname_meaning/a/surname-meanings.htm Find the meaning of your first name http://www.zelo.com/firstnames/find.asp http://www.paulsadowski.com/numbers.asp Death records http://www.deathindexes.com/ Immigration History http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAimmigration.htm http://www.ellisisland.org/ Be sure to proofread and revise each piece. See me or your peers for help as needed. Print in color if possible (color printer for cost in library) and save in your “U” drive or mine “Schanss” Have fun! Take your time and really shine with your writing, your creativity, and your voice.