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Learning About Fiction Genres in the Elementary School Library
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.
Strategies for Identifying Genres
Examine the different strategies that could be used to determine what genre something is with upper graders. They will learn that knowing the genre type can sometimes help their comprehension. They will also complete a worksheet to help build their new knowledge.
In this grammar worksheet, students match twelve movie genres with their appropriate definitions and examples from two answer banks and then translate the titles into Chinese. Students answer six questions regarding personal movie favorites in complete sentences.
Genres in Literature
Students analyze and differentiate between various genres of literature. They view a slideshow, take a true/false quiz, create an Idea Pad file, and create an idea map of the various genres.
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. 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.
Identifying Genre by Previewing a Text
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.
Previewing a Text Using Title and Genre
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.
Identifying Genres of Literature Through Primary Sources
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.
Identifying the Content, Form, and Style of the Science Fiction Genre as seen in Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Students identify basic characteristics of the science fiction film genre and consider how those characteristics are parodied in film. They view "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and participate in a discussion to compare the film to the Cold War.
Fifth graders explore fiction genres. They examine the special features of fiction genres. Students examine various fiction books and determine the genre of each book. They study the genres of mystery, fantasy, science fiction and historical fiction.
Students research literature genres. In this genres instructional activity, students complete a genre assessment where they explain the clues in the text that help them identify the genre for the 11 pieces of literature.
Modesto City Schools Library Lesson Plan: Genre Assessment
Students identify the genre of literature passages. In this literary genre instructional activity, students study the characteristics of a variety of literary genres. They read eleven short passages and tell which genre they represent on the associated matching activity worksheet.
Dealing with Dewey
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.
Genre Lesson: Fantasy
Students study the elements of fantasy in fiction as a whole group by dissecting fiction stories. For this story elements lesson, students work through a handout about fantasy to point out the elements that point to the story being fantasy.
In this genre study PowerPoint presentation, students read the definitions and characteristics of each literary genre. There are 17 genres that the PowerPoint presentation addresses, such as science fiction, tall tales and poetry.
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.
Students identify genres of literature. In this literature instructional activity, students read definitions of the various genres. Students choose books and list clues in the texts that help them identify the appropriate genre.
Ingredients of a Mystery
Students explore the concept of mysteries. In 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.
Create A Genre Crossword Puzzle
In this create a genre crossword puzzle worksheet, 8th graders make a puzzle on the grid provided, using 21 terms, then create clues for each term using a definition or an example; grading rubric included.