The Multi-Genre Research Project (MGRP) you will be completing this quarter is a “twist” on the research paper, for it requires you to research a topic and present your information in a “non-traditional” way. You will be selecting from various genres (or types of writing) to demonstrate the knowledge you’ve gained on your topic. This project requires that you blend narrative and transactional (or expository) writing in order to convey details and research in a creative way.
According to Dr. Tony Roma of the University of Miami, credited as founder of the multi-genre research paper (MGRP),“Follow your curiosity and think outside the box. . . [this type of project] recognizes that there are many ways to see the world, many ways to show others what we see.”
For your topic---consider the historical and cultural background that undoubtedly influenced the author of the novel you are reading. Again, Roma acknowledges that the MGRP is a great way to illustrate how…
“…Literature is not imagined in a vacuum, neither when it is imagined and created by a writer nor when it is imagined and recreated by a reader. [The Lit-based MGRP calls for] you to capture some of the historical flavor and ideas afoot during the time the literature you choose was written. . . .
An example of one such historical influence on the writing of literature: There is a strong quality of feminism in the character of Hester Prynne of The Scarlet Letter, which is set in Massachusetts in the 1600s. That isn’t unexpected when we realize that Nathanial Hawthorne wrote The Scarlet Letter in the late 1840s, during a time of significant activity for women’s social, economic, and political rights led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. The Declaration of Sentiments, patterned after the Declaration of Independence, was drafted in 1848 at the first women’s rights conference at Seneca Falls, NY.
Your research might take other avenues. One student wrote her MGRP on The Notebook. She did extensive research to learn more about Alzheimer’s Disease. Another student read a science fiction novel about environmental abuse. He researched specific forms of environmental abuse taking place when the novel was written in the early 1970s. The lesson these two students provide is to not limit yourself to one predetermined slant in terms of research.