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Practice distinguishing biography from autobiography through point of view. Tell a brief story of your morning. Have a class member retell the story to you (using second person). And have another retell the story to the class (using third person). A creative opener leads into reading a couple of short passages in which you guide learners to identify biography and autobiography via point of view. Integrates study of Latin roots. You have open access to the lesson plan, but must register for a free account at Readworks.org to get the support materials.
Have your class participate in a discussion of the nonfiction genre. Do they enjoy it? Is it boring? Then have them demonstrate the author's purpose by writing an expository text. They view various types of nonfiction and take notes on each work's organization and presentation. Finally, they write a brief essay that demonstrates the understanding of the author's purpose in an expository text.
Young readers assume the role of Genre Sleuths to investigate the characteristics of folktales, fantasies, and mysteries. For this session you will need to collect a variety of books on a topic you have been studying. Groups then examine the books and chart the typical beginnings and characteristics of the various genres. Finally, pairs craft a sentence that shows the typical characteristics of a particular genre.
Students identify and interpret that there are different kinds of writing and that subject area content can be found in any genre. They discover that the different genres can be found by their characteristics. Students also create a class flap book designing the layout of their page and listing five of their best sentences on cards to paste in the book.
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.
With a graphic organizer to guide them, your middle schoolers can compare and contrast two books by the same author. They consider setting, genre, and themes, and then create a computer slide show presentation or brochure about the author and the two books. Cool activity!
Study the elements of the mystery genre. Your elementary schoolers explore pre-writing strategies and organize process outlines. They explore graphic organizers, specifically concept maps, as tools to capture and organize ideas before defining a list of mysterious words. Examples include alibi, culprit, and sleuth.
Hook kids into a study on poetry elements by asking them to bring in the lyrics to their favorite song. Discuss the elements in one or two songs (preferably that demonstrate rhyme, figurative language, or a repeating phrase). Consider handing out lyrics and challenging the class to find metaphors and similes. Discuss various elements of poetry (outline provided), tying them into the song activity when possible. Use the Shel Silverstein poetry example suggestions to demonstrate rhythm and repetition, or choose some of your own. Be sure to hand out some of the poems so scholars can underline rhyming or repeating words. Groups do this with a final poem and share what they discovered. You must create a free profile to access the student packet.