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The GAP Project: Genre, Audience, Purpose


 

Genre: News, Story, Poetry

Audience, Purpose, and

Camaraderie

 




Recipe:

 

Ingredients:

1 News Story

2 Teams

3 Forms

4 Scoops of ideas

5 dashes of imagination

6 spoonfuls of collaboration

7 volumes of vivid verbs

 

For team servings:

Grab one news story. Stir two teams together. Dump in four forms. Plop down four scoops of ideas with five dashes of imagination as teams rewrite the news story into three other forms, each with volumes of vivid verbs.

 

For a single serving:

Grab one news story.  Stir in one person's ideas. Dump in four forms. Plop down four scoops of ideas with five dashes of imagination as teams rewrite the news story into three other forms, each with volumes of vivid verbs.  Note: Be sure to choose a news topic that fits with your science or social studies work for credit points.

 


Purpose:

 

Take the facts of a news story and rewrite those facts into a summary, a newsbrief,  a story, and a poem that maintains the facts while writing for different audiences and purposes.


Choose a blog on which to post your work: Kidblogs, Edublogs, EagleViews

 

Genre
AudiencePurpose
SummaryTeam or TeacherUnderstand the news
News BriefCommunityWrite the news
StoryOther Teams or TeacherAction and Adventure with a touch of Mystery
PoetryPoetry MonthEntertainment: emotion and imagery

 

 


The Game:

 

1. Create a document named "GAP _____[code or team name]_____" using the GAP template. If in a team, share with your team members.

 

2. Rewrite a news story as a summary to understand the facts (main ideas and details). A summary includes the main ideas and details in your own words with an explanation of why the facts are important and how the facts related to each other.

 

3. After writing the summary, rewrite the news as a news brief with lead, details, and kicker format. (Read the Inverted Pyramid Section  ). Revise using our Revision Tips (individuals revise their own; teams revise another team's work).

 

4. After writing the summary and news brief, write a fictional story that keeps the facts of the news in the story, but the people involved and reacting are not real.  First, decide how main characters and events can be added to the news in a fictional story. A story includes a beginning, middle, and an end; it includes a protagonist (good guy) and an antagonist (bad guy); it centers around a problem, and it resolves the problem at the end of the story. Revise using our Revision Tips (individuals revise their own; teams revise another team's work).

 

5. After writing a story, transform the facts and actions into a poem. A poem includes: feelings/emotions, may or may not rhyme. Revise using our Revision Tips (individuals revise their own; teams revise another team's work).

 

6. Comment on your own or other teams' work as directed below in 'Conclusions.'

 

 


Teams

 

You may be completing this unit independently or as a team.  This section is for teams:

 

Teams will collaborate on each phase of the project. You do not need to be in the same class.

 

Collaborate means to work on documents together to create clear, concise, and interesting text.

 

Teams will change each other's text to make it more clear and more interesting.

 

Each team document will include:

  • Title
  • Team Names
  • Link to news story
  • Summary of news story
  • Fictionalized story with the characters or events
  • Poem about the real or imaginary story

 

Advice:

  • The goal is to change/revise the text for clarity, imagery, description, action. See Revision Tips.
  • The more you change and add, the better.
  • Think: alliterationconsonancesimileStrong Verbs
  • Therefore: be happy when someone changes your ideas --  they are helping make the idea more clear, concise, active, interesting.

 


Conclusion:

 

Read other team or individual summaries, stories, and poems. Comment on:

  • Your newsbrief included the lead, details, and kicker...
  • Your story connected to the summary when you...
  • I liked the part in the story when...
  • I noticed the (alliteration, consonance, simile, action verbs, etc.) when your team wrote...
  • I liked the part in the poem ...

 

The Winners:

 

Individuals:

  • You wrote a summary that included the relationship between the main ideas and details -- why they are important.
  • You wrote and revised a newsbrief that included a lead, details, and kicker...
  • You wrote and revised a fictional story that retained the facts but with fictional characters involved in or observing the facts.
  • You analyzed your story for the part you liked...
  • You analyzed your story for the alliteration, consonance, simile, action verbs, etc.
  • You explained the part of your poem which you liked the best...

 

Teams:

  • Teams that work together
  • Teams that revise and accept each others' ideas
  • Teams that include alliteration, consonance, simile, action verbs
  • Teams that comment considerately

 

That would be YOUR team, wouldn't it?


 

Resources:

 

 GAP template

news links

alliteration

consonance

simile

Strong Verbs

Revision Tips

 

 

 

 

 


Genre

A particular type of literary or artistic composition.

Her favorite genre of literature is biography. 1

 

 

 

 

Footnotes

  1. http://www.answers.com/topic/genre 
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