Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course. wikiHow is where trusted research and expert knowledge come together. Finally, fill in narrow specific genre labels like those you learned about in the lesson: westerns, romances, detective fiction, and so forth. (Instructions to give students: A message is communicated successfully if it is received by its intended audience. Audience: Who goes to/rents/watches this type of movie? The message conveyed in two different genres might involve the same content, but the conventions used to communicate this message may be drastically different depending on factors of the rhetorical situation. Encourage them to collaborate in discussing genre conventions, while the instructor circulates to get involved in the discussion at each station. **Note: the hunt works best if students use their cell phones to take pictures and videos, but a pen and paper works just as well. Genre: What are the conventions of your group’s movie genre? What details are relevant? By using our site, you agree to our. As a member, you'll also get unlimited access to over 83,000 Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville straddles country and pop, Black–Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” straddles R&B, Hip Hop, and Pop, Kid Rock’s “Roll On” is a country song often categorized as Rap because of the artist’s other work). The Reflection: In a quick reflection, respond to the following questions: What did you learn about genre in the scavenger hunt? Be specific. Description: In this activity, students compare (their own or others’) the Facebook statuses, tweets, and text messages and complete a series of writing and discussion tasks to look at the genres that shape their own (and others’) writing in digital media. In short, how do they decide whether to write a Facebook status, tweet, or text? In fact, everything from painting to sculpture to television to radio can be placed into distinct genres. Purpose of Exercise: This exercise helps students understand that genre is linked to rhetorical situation, and that the choice of genre is one a writer must carefully decide using a variety of factors. credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. The overall rhetorical situation is as follows: Earlier today you were in a car accident while driving your grandmother’s car on your way to take your Biology midterm. To reach an audience effectively, writers need to be flexible -- they need to be able to analyze and make decisions about how to approach any writing situation. You probably won't see a Mumbai crime film without your knowledge, as it's a much more popular genre in Indian cinema rather than Hollywood. Drama. How do they incorporate (or not) images? If you tell him or her that it's a comedy, drama, horror or Western, your friend will immediately know exactly what kind of experience you'll both have over the next couple of hours. Some movies are even more debated about as to whether or not they should be considered holiday films or not, like, Some movies are debated what holiday the film actually depicts. What word refers to the categorizing of fiction? All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners. {{courseNav.course.mDynamicIntFields.lessonCount}} lessons So why do we feel the need to group things into neat little categories? - Types, Examples & Definitions, What is Catharsis? lessons in math, English, science, history, and more. As they begin to make sense of writing genres, they will offer more examples. degrees in Curriculum and Development and Mental Health Counseling, followed by a Ph.D. in English. Remember, spy films can also be considered sub-genres of action/adventure. Finally, tell why you believe the list you have created is important to writing, specifically your own writing. What content should be included? Luckily you were not hurt, nor were any others, but your vehicle and another have significant damage and are headed to the repair shop. To tell the difference, evaluate the setting, the mood, and the plot. What are the major classifications of literature? We know ads can be annoying, but they’re what allow us to make all of wikiHow available for free. What is the role of audience in considering genre? Try refreshing the page, or contact customer support. 1. The first question that he or she may ask you is, 'What kind of movie is it?' Or you're trying to figure out your favorite genre of movie and realized you don't even know the genre of your favorite film? 2. All tip submissions are carefully reviewed before being published. Forcing students to physically move between stations emphasizes the change in rhetorical situation, and it allows students to write at their own pace and collaborate with a new group at each station. Or maybe you like documentaries and think of fantasy films as frivolous. Continue class discussion by asking for other genres of music, with conventions and song examples. Description: Have students in groups of two or three and give them a list of things they must “find” relating to genre within the Williams Building. Hybrid genres blend one or more dramas and include literary works like 'The Adventures of Don Quixote' or the films of Quentin Tarantino. You might prompt them with one (or several) of the following questions: Do they Facebook? What makes a genre definable, or what makes us able to categorize a genre? Genres can be found in all forms of art. Do they use them for different purposes and in different situations? What are the audiences for the genres you mention above? After the class discussion has the students reflect on the following questions: Revisit your key terms and your reflection on good writing. Tell them they will be doing a “genre scavenger hunt” and in order to complete it they must venture into the halls of Williams. This is a sub-genre of the Hong Kong action genre, and while it features tons of violence, it also incorporates themes of redemption, brotherhood, duty, and honour. What style of language should you use for this email? What kind of patterns emerge as they share what they’ve written? To create this article, 14 people, some anonymous, worked to edit and improve it over time. Suggested Time: 30-50 for exercise; plus 20 minutes suggested for journal writing which can be assigned in–class or as homework. In other words, what did you learn by doing this that you can now transfer to another writing situation. Research the two types and find examples of each. Some things to keep in mind: You are assigned an essay for your Psychology class on the topic of human behavior and what makes people change learned habits. What format is it written in? Services. ... People consider it to be a darker form of music, but since its birth in the late 1990s, this genre has successfully made its place in the industry. If you are in a computer classroom, this can be done in-class. The film is also as funny as it is violent. When and with what digital technologies? A film like 'Pulp Fiction', for example, is not only told out of order but it blends film noir, black comedy, action and drama. Genres help us identify forms of art so we have an idea of what to expect when we read a book or watch a movie or view a painting. Finally, ask students to complete a journal, in class or as homework. Provide an example of a genre of writing and illustrate its categorization. Within the larger format category of poetry, there are two types of poems: narrative and lyric. (What information and details are relevant in this letter to your grandmother?). Try to list the basic characteristics that place the film in a specific genre. So for example have students read a short memoir, a newspaper article, and an inquiry-based essay as homework during this week of class, so they have a variety of genres that you know they have read.