The Purpose of This Website This website serves as a tool to present the Multi-genre Inquiry Project I've created as a student in the Masters of Education program at Wake Forest University. This project asked students to carefully read a young adult novel, choose a theme and create an essential question based on this theme. Next, we had to thoroughly research our chosen questions, drawing connections between both scholarly articles and other literary texts, in order to form observations about how each of our questions are dealt with in a variety of contexts. My essential question originated from the novel The House on Mango Street, by: Sandra Cisneros, and reads as follows: What prevents us from leaving abhorrent situations? For the purposes of this project, I focused on abhorrent situations as those involving extreme poverty or abuse. I personally believe that victims of both of these situations exhibit great fortitude and courage as they attempt to rise above circumstances which only seek to break them. I believe this theme of the strength of human will comes out in many of the different pieces of literature I explored which deal with these difficult issues.
This website consists of ten genres 1. Informative essay which connects the essential question to a variety of sources and texts 2. Found poem with words taken from The House on Mango Street and an accompanying Word Cloud 3. Twitter conversation between two characters in The House on Mango Street 4. Two Venn diagrams that visually reflect the research I've performed on the topic 5. "Opposite Viewpoint" magazine collage which depicts the other side of the issue 6. Facebook advertisement promoting awareness for and action against abuse 7. 90 minute lesson plan for incorporating the essential question into the classroom 8. This website itself and all pieces and writing presented 9. Original poem that explores poverty through the viewpoint of a young girl 10. Picture series of three that symbolically represents my essential question