Hello! My fifth grade students and I are writing a Multigenre Research Paper. I've chosen golf as my topic because I want to learn more about the game in order to become a better golfer. I've selected to write a blog to fulfill the required informational genre because I believe it's a great way for me and my readers to learn about golf; plus, it's a great way for my students to learn the value of gaining information from blogging.
I think my posts will mostly be dedicated towards the etiquette and rules of golf; however, that may change depending on what and how I learn, as well as the comments I receive.
In addition to writing about golf, I am going to reflect on the Multigenre Research Paper/Project itself, as well as blogging in general. I have tons of questions, for instance, typically I teach my students to go through the writing process....pre-write, draft, revise, edit, and publish with each piece of writing. So currently, we would each be pre-writing and drafting a piece of nonfiction information, we'd revise for a couple of weeks, and finally we would edit and publish it. (This process fits inside my typical black and white comfort zone...I'm working on becoming gray!) As I write this blog, I too, am still going through the writing process; however, I'm doing it with each post, rather than working on a whole piece of nonfiction informational writing and turning it in on June 20th. It also makes creating and maintaining a timeline for the project more difficult for my students...well, some co-workers will definitely have a more difficult time with this. I can deal with that.
This project is due on June 20th. (I like to keep my students working until the end of the year- it cuts down on crazy behavior.) Ultimately, I'd like them to be life long learners, and continue to work on their blogs,and other genres, beyond June 20th; but, that's an entirely different philosophical discussion. Or is it?
Finally, I feel like this post does not have a "narrow main idea." I'm talking about golf, blogging, educational philosophy and reform. Is this okay? Should I have two (or three) separate blogs? Or, do I separate them into separate posts within the same blog? Typically, each piece of writing "should" be written with a narrow main idea or "watermelon seed" idea and that is what I've engrained in my students for EIGHT years! What have I done; or, what am I doing?
As a result of my thinking while writing this blog, I guess my biggest question is, what really constitutes a piece of writing when it comes to bloggging? Does it matter?