Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Entry #4

Open Entry:

This is an open entry that allows me to reflect on any part of the writing/reading process or LTED 618 itself. I am extremely excited to begin my Genre Pieces Project. This project requires us to pick a topic that we would like to write about and then create three different genre pieces around the topics, each with a unique purpose and audience. I've chosen to do My Italian Family. The underlying message I want to create from this project is that through relationships with our family we are molded into the individuals that we are. Reflecting on and examining these relationships can bring us to a deeper self-awareness. We are required to use trade books as references and resources. An assignment for our last class was to look up blogs that related to our topic. I discovered some really awesome ones! 

I first surfed the web for blogs on being Italian. I found a number that had to do with food and cooking, shocker! Bleeding Espresso (http://bleedingespresso.com/about) is a blog written by Michelle Fabio, a freelance writer who moved to the land of her ancestors, Calabria, Italy. She blogs about her move, her time in Italy, as well as Italian food. I was immediately drawn to this blog because she is my Pisan. A Pisan is the name Italians use for someone when they are from the same town in Italy. My father’s family was from Calabria, which is the southern tip of Italy. I began to look through her blog and I really realized how distinct ethnic-American experiences could be from one another i.e.: Italian-American, Irish-American, and Chinese-American. I then looked into blogs simply about family. I found several blogs, most dealing with families that had several children.  Most of these blogs focused on families with a upwards of seven children. I found these blogs less helpful. While my family is a big family, it is not because of the number of siblings I have, but rather the fact that my family is made up of so many different types of relatives, cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers,  and sisters. Both of these blogs, however, made me realize the multiple dimensions of my topic and the number of ways it can move  into genre.

Tompkins (2012) supplied a number of examples for multi-genre projects. These ranged from scrapbooks, maps, collages, and podcasts (p. 287). These multi-genre projects got me thinking about the directions I could take my topic. For example, my classmate and I discussed a map that illustrated how most of my family lives on the same street as one another. This map could also extend to other parts of Seneca Falls and convey one aspect of my concept I discovered while brainstorming, "A small town is like a big family." I really like the idea of a scrapbook. While I could literally make a scrapbook about my Italian family, I thought it would also be awesome to write my three pieces and then place them in a scrapbook. This can add another dimension to my genre project and will allow me to use pictures and other types of media and writing to express my overall message.

So far I have drafted one genre project piece. It is a letter to my brother. I was very excited about this piece because my brother and I have a very complicated relationship that I feel truly conveys the types of struggles and triumphs siblings go through. In addition, the purpose of this piece is not only a very personal one, but also one that can speak to anyone who has a brother, sister, or relative they consider to act as a sibling. Therefore, the audience for this piece can range from parents who have children, to a brother or sister.While currently the mode is a letter, my brother really loves music and I would love for this piece not only reflect myself but him as well. Maybe I can make this into a multi-genre piece that incorporates the letter genre and some other audio or visual mode. Onto the revision process!

So many ideas, so many options, way too much time to think about it!

1 comment:

  1. Jamie, this is an interesting summary of your progress on your writing project; however, the goal of the R/W blog is for you to revisit and re-examine the topics introduced in the readings.

    If a question or issue does not naturally develop for you while you read, I suggest you consider using one of the questions Tompkins poses at the end of her chapters (or Hicks poses in the Appendix) to guide your exploration of the topics and to help you make a more principled understanding of how you will employ the strategies illustrated in the readings.