The way I have students approach research has evolved through the years, and the multigenre project is the latest incarnation of that evolution.
In his reflection, one student wrote about the six-page handout in exasperation. One student who wrote about abusive relationships referenced her abusive "ex-boyfriend." That's the best reflection I read since through her project she found her way out of the abuse.
Some other student reflections follow:
- I feel like this project has helped widen my writing skills and made me think a little bit harder on what contents I am adding to my paper.
- Most projects tell me exactly what to do and how to do them. I felt like I had more control over the type of work I cose and the grade I will receive. I feel like this project was a real eye-opener on what real work is and how much time it truly takes to do a good job on it.
- One thing I found really helpful was the note cards. Collecting data that I found relevant to my topic and recording them on the note cards really saved me time when it came down to the final deadline.
- The other genres also got me thinking more about the topic and gave me more ideas for my paper.
- This project has really been fun for me, because if [sic] gave me and [sic] opportunity to research about a job that I could discover and learn about.
- I also learned that this project is extremely difficult. My computer seems to think so too considering it crashed on me three times in one night while compiling tghe final paperwork....
- This little stack of papers is my pride and joy right now, and it's about to be fine-tooth picked combed by Mrs. Funk here, or already has.
- When I first heard about this thing that my teacher was calling a multi genre research project...I thought that she was crazy to give us such and [sic] immense project.
- Another thing I enjoyed about this particular project was the different genres that we did such as the Toondoos, Glogster, Prezi, or even looking on the cooltoolsforschool.com and having the opportunities be endless.
- If I had to do something differently I would do a lot differently....Hopefully learning from my mistakes will make me a better writer and a better student.
- When I first looked at the project and all we had to do, I thought I would never be able to do it. It looked to [sic] big and hard for my brain to comprehend.
- Things such as the poster are the things that I do best on; I am able to show my creativity.