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Defined: Teaching Critical Genre Awareness Why is it
important? Conclusion Main Takeaways Writers, scholars, and teachers often think of genres as formulaic and constraining
Genres can inhibit creativity more than reveal constraint
Genres are understood today as actions in social context
They become embedded in the assumptions, values, and beliefs of the groups in power as genre emerges, develops and changes Genre Theory Developing genre awareness is important in our understanding of the multiple contextual pieces we encounter
Now that you have developed a critical understanding of genre awareness, you can apply these tactical skills and previous knowledge to any future social, cultural, or institutional interactions. Created by:
Kyle Summers
Aj Castillo
Brad Chaplinski
Sanjay Mistry Genre studies are a structuralist approach to literary theory, film theory, and other cultural theories. History "Genre" comes from the French word for 'kind' and 'class' Used in rhetoric, literary and media theory to refer to a distinctive type of text Amy Devitt
Stresses critical genre awareness, rather than multiple genres of engagement
Can help students maintain a critical stance in their academic writing and other realms of literacy Author : Teaching Critical Genre Awareness Teaching Critical Genre Awareness Continued Teachers are themselves wrapped in the ideologies of multiple genres

Pedagogy - the method and practice of teaching, especially as an academic subject or theoretical concept 3 Pedagogical Uses of Genre Theory 1. Explicitly teaching particular genres
2. Teaching antecedent genres
3. Teaching critical genre awareness Larger goal of genre pedagogy Genres emerge through a developmental process over time Genres exist in multiple contexts
1. Social
2. Institutional
3. Cultural Genre and Cognitive Development: Beyond Writing to Learn
By Charles Bazerman Klein (1999) examines mechanisms by which writing might affect learning and examines the published data that might support each. Genres in Film They are broad enough to accommodate practically any film ever made, although film categories can never be precise

-Crime and Gangster
-Horror -Musicals
-Science Fiction
-Westerns Genres in Literature -Mystery
-Historical Fiction Literary genre = a category of literary composition
Genres may be determined by literary technique, tone, content or length -Science Fiction
-Horror Genres in Music Music genre is a conventional category that identifies pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions.

-Folk -Popular
-World Worlds of Genres A genre's role is to mediate between social situations and the texts that respond strategically to the demands of those situations Worlds of Genres continued A genre is performed when the texts, sounds, or scenes in a piece of work are well conceptualized and well constructed. Worlds of Genres continued As these performances proliferate, genres are spread through geographical space and time partly inherently and partly as a result of intertextual exceptions and rejections. Writing to learn Klein clusters the mechanisms into four literary groups:
Writing as a form of cognition
Forward search hypotheses
Genre-related hypotheses
Backward search hypotheses Learning and Development Genres identify a mental blocks for the developing writer.

A genre casts you into typified structures, and the practices of a genre provide the solution.

Developing a Disciplined View of Language

As we become language experts, it becomes part of our fundamental understanding of the system of language (although the grammars change and become intellectually more sophisticated).

What is first learned as a concrete set of literary practices, is then incorporated in our everyday interpretation of genres. Worlds of Genres continued Genre Analysts Track these textual regularities and irregularities and explain them in terms of the relevant and pertinent social circumstances and the rhetorical demands they give rise to Genres are not formulaic and constraining

They are processes of developing, spreading, and learning through ideologically embedded structures forged through social, institutional, and cultural contexts

They are key to maintaining views and critical stance in academic, literary and work related endeavors

More genres create more possibilities for cognitive growth
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