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Genres and Literature
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.
Genres and Literature
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.
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 lesson culminates in a practice activity where they illustrate an example of nature from one of the books, then explain why it is a myth.
Purposes of Reading Fiction and Nonfiction
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.
What's a Fable?
Third graders, while in the computer lab researching characteristics of the "fable" genre, compare two Aesop's fables on a Venn Diagram. They compare what they've learned about fables they have read to see if those characteristics are indeed present.
The Rule of Three
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.
Lesson 1: Classifying Texts as Fiction or Nonfiction
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.
Genre Lesson: Science Fiction
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.
Heartfelt/Handmade Activities: Genre Painting
Students examine genre painting. They explore the Illinois State Museum website, identify how genre paintings were composed, analyze the activities of an Illinois farm in the 1850s, and create a genre painting of current everyday activities.
Focus on Genre
In this focus on genre worksheet, students describe the genre they are reading, types of characters, kinds of settings, and examples of other forms of the same genre. Students answer five short answer questions.
Name That Genre
Students identify genres of books. In this genre study lesson, students refer to a bulletin board of characteristics for each genre. Students analyze the works of a book to determine the genre.
Different Strokes for Different Folks
Fourth graders are taken to the media center to review various genre of literature, apply information and concepts to evaluate examples and locate specific genre, and search for materials for reading enjoyment. A good lesson for genre identification.
The Eight Immortals
Students compare and contrast the Eight Immortals with American super- heroes, such as Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman while examining the literary genre of folktales and its connection to art.
Much Ado About Nothing
Students explore the genre of romantic comedy through their reading of Much Ado About Nothing. For this literary genres lesson, 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.
Tech Integration Project Lesson Accelerator: Project Overview
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.
What is theme? How do you figure out the theme of a story? How is the theme developed? How is the theme expressed? These and other questions are answered by a presentation that not only defines the term but also provides easy to understand examples. The presentation ends with a practice exercise.
Genre and Subgenre Review
In this genre activity, students decide which genre and which subgenre the books that they are given are. Students complete this for 10 books total.
Before venturing into the library, review the different literature genres with this PowerPoint. Students are exposed to different genres, from fiction to biographies. Each section of this vibrant presentation includes examples for students to check out.
Explore positive and negative character traits and universal themes in the story of Cinderella with primary learners. Story elements are reviewed and discussion questions are listed. Learners practice retelling the story and begin a service learning component in which they participate in a clothing drive. Then they research local agencies and choose one for how they will donate the clothing items.
New Picture Books to Complement Your Curriculum
These picture books are for primary learners and older students alike.