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Define literary genres with your eager readers. Each slide contains a brief description of what elements to look for when identifying informational text, folktales, myths, fiction, and non-fiction genres. Tip: Print out tiny images of popular books and have students sort them into different genres based on the description provided in this presentation.
Discuss what makes a myth with your class as you read two titles that exemplify the genre. Two myths that explain events in nature are read and charted, focusing on details from the text. The instructional activity culminates in a practice activity where they illustrate an example of nature from one of the books, then explain why it is a myth.
Sixth graders discover the exploration of the United States by participating in a class activity. In this U.S. History lesson, 6th graders research the Lewis and Clark expedition and participate in a game of Jeopardy based on the two men. Students collaborate as teams in order to compete in the Jeopardy game.
Third graders examine a story that they have read from a previous lesson and change it to another genre. For example, if story A is non-fiction, they will change the ending to make it fictional, and vice versa. They use their own ideas and check the list from the previous lesson to see if the story reflects the characteristics of the new genre.
Sixth graders explore the components of science fiction. In this science/literacy lesson, 6th graders define and record definitions of the term on the board. Students are presented with the task of identifying a text as science fiction using the terms used to describe one. Additionally, students explore the story, A Wrinkle in Time. Students locate science fictions objects, words, characters, etc. and record their findings within their packet. Great materials attached with this lesson.
What makes a fairy tale a fairy tale? Teach young readers one characteristic that defines the fairy tale genre. They'll learn that events, objects and characters in fairy tales often occur in threes. They read Goldilocks and the Three Bears and work to identify things from the story that come in groups of three. A related worksheet is included for additional practice.
Students explore the genre of romantic comedy through their reading of Much Ado About Nothing. In this literary genres instructional activity, students study the genre of romantic comedy through their reading of Much Ado About Nothing. Students consider the structure of the play, the plot, and draw comparisons between other genres.
First graders characterize fiction and non-fiction books, they discover the characteristics of each type of book and compare two books (one fiction & one nonfiction) about the same subject. They make a list that describes what makes one book real and one make-believe. There is a worksheet for independent practice included with this lesson.
Before exploring the endless possibilites in the library, check out this PowerPoint that lists different literature genres. Along with a short definition of each genre, a list of book examples is provided. Tip: Throughout the year, have students keep a list of books they've read and organize them into appropriate genres. Challenge them to read at least one book from every genre!
Prepare middle schoolers for life in the tech world with a lesson on entering, storing, sorting, and creating database collections. They use a database tool, such as excel, to record the contents of their CD collections. They then practice using different database layouts, fields, and options.
High schoolers explore the relationship between video games and actual population. Example: A 2005 study showed Latino youth play at higher rates than other groups, but there are no Latino playable characters. They watch a brief video about race and popular game characters, read about stereotyping, and research demographics. They then take an eye-opening online quiz (link is tricky, but worth finding), examine diversity in game genres, and design a game that mirrors their own experience.