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Pick apart any play with this collection of questions. The 24 questions are grouped into categories by topic (genre, setting, characters, plot, etc.) and are clearly listed on two pages.
  • Print this resource double-sided and give it to learners when working on any play; they can answer all the questions or choose one from each category
  • Use this as your own teacher reference tool and draw questions from it as you guide your class though a complex drama
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. 
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.
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.
What elements make the short story a distinct genre? After generating a list of common elements and a working definition, class members identify the characters, setting, plot, rising action, crisis, climax, and conclusion in “The Three Little Pigs.” The first in a six-lesson short story unit, links are provided to the unit overview and other lessons.
Third graders explore the science fiction genre. In this genres lesson plan, 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.
For this genre worksheet, 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.
Generate interest in genre by presenting a PowerPoint about different genres in literature. For each genre, there is a definition and several examples. Some examples are from popular or modern films. Ask pupils to take notes or brainstorm their own examples.
  Students study the elements of fantasy in fiction as a whole group by dissecting fiction stories.  In 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 learning about folklife instructional activity, students fill in a chart about the things they learned about folklife, folk groups, and folk genres.
In this plot worksheet, students fill out a plot graphic organizer that includes genre, setting, conflict, and more. Students complete 9 spaces in the graphic organizer.
Learners read and understand a variety of genres in a library setting. In this library activity lesson, students act as detectives and use clues in text and pictures to hypothesize the title of the missing book for the library reading search activity.
Sixth graders differentiate Sci-fi and Fantasy genre. In this language arts lesson plan, 6th graders cite examples of movies and books that belong to each genre. They select a novel and complete various assignments related to it.
While just a simplistic exploration of the science fiction genre, this presentation provides a unique and creative way to approach this topic. Learners view a series of slides that identify the characteristics of science fiction. This technique could be used to discuss a variety of genres in a motivating manner.
Students explore the concept of mysteries.  In this mystery genre lesson plan, 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. 
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.
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.
In this reading genres fortune teller, students remember all the reading genres by making a fortune teller. Students use the pattern (on another page) to fold the movable flaps. The directions for the game are provided.
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.

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