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Teaching about fiction genres can be challenging. The lesson here, designed for library media specialists, offers a fun way to do it. In the lesson, learners visit the library and learn about the different types of fiction through book talks, participating in reader's theater, playing games, and visiting a "genre museum" in the library media center. By the end of the sessions, pupils will be experts on fiction genres, knowing the difference between mysteries, historical fiction, realistic fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and horror. A great teaching idea.
The title, subtitle, footnotes, and text all provide clues about the genre of a work. Check out this video, which models how to look for clues in "The Story of Arachne, Nature's Weaver." The narrator marks down ideas on a virtual sticky note while she reads through the title and text. Class members can do the same while viewing the video or follow the same process with the provided presentation or a different text. The resource includes additional materials, including texts and assignments, for practice and assessment.
Familiarize your class with the genre of biography. After some direct instruction about biography, work together to discuss historical facts and significant events from A Picture Book of Anne Frank by David A. Adler. In order to assess individual understanding, ask class members to answer comprehension questions about the book. Materials are included, but require a free account.
Do your sixth graders like science fiction? Learn to identify elements of the science fiction genre with a literature lesson plan. They read from Only You Can Save Mankind and identify the objects, words, and characters from the scenarios. Finally, they complete a worksheet to improve vocabulary and comprehension.
Can you tell what a text is about before you even read it? Sixth graders use the title and genre of a fictional text to make predictions about what the story will be about. A brief video guides them through the strategy of making predictions with limited information, helping to reinforce using context clues to analyze text.
Investigate children's literature by utilizing a T-chart to identify genres through primary sources. Young readers will explore the differences between classic literature such as The Secret Garden and Harry Potter to identify their genre. They will create a T-chart in order to examine the different stories side by side.
Third graders explore the science fiction genre. In this genres lesson, 3rd graders identify the characteristics of science fiction. Students fill out a chart that shows the characteristics. Students read a selection from a book and talk about the things in the selection that make it science fiction.
Fourth graders identify books based on the Dewey Decimal System. In this library skills instructional activity designed to be used after introducing the Dewey Decimal System, 4th graders play a game collecting books from each category of the Dewey Decimal system while using a digital card catalog to identify the location of each book.
How does the purpose of a fiction book differ from the purpose on a non-fiction text? Model for your young readers a scenario in which each kind of book might be useful or fun to read and show examples of each genre. A list of suggested fiction and non-fiction books on the same topic is included as is an independent practice worsksheet.
Young readers are shown that a "genre" of literature means the kind of story one is reading. Viewers enjoy a presentation that shows the book covers of many Golden Sower and Newbery winning books that fit each of the following genres: fiction, fantasy, poetry, traditional literature, and informational.
Students explore the concept of mysteries. For this mystery genre lesson, students identify the common characteristics of mystery books and use a story map to identify these characteristics in a given book. Students also discover the meaning of many mystery vocabulary words.