Genre Types Teacher Resources

From fantasy novel studies to informational text lessons, we've collected materials for every genre in your curriculum.
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Genre: Short Story

For Teachers 6th Standards
Discover the genre of short stories with sixth graders. They discuss the characteristics of short stories from the book America Street. Then, they compare and contrast movies and television shows and chart story characteristics. Various...
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Strategies for Identifying Genres

For Teachers 5th - 6th
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...
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Genres and Literature

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
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...
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Genre Lesson: What is a Mystery?

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd Standards
Learners identify the characteristics of the genre of mystery.  In this genre lesson, students discover the elements of a mystery story and begin recording the elements on a class chart of the book entitled Two-Minute Mysteries: The Case...
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Genre Lesson: Poetry

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
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). Groups do...
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Genre Lesson: Realistic Fiction

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
As scholars begin identifying stories as realistic fiction, its important they see many examples to solidify their concepts of this genre. Readers begin with a personal connection, thinking of television shows they like and determining...
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Portraits, Pears, And Perfect Landscapes: Investigating Genre in the Visual Arts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Differentiate between the various genres in the visual arts world, particularly in Western painting. Your class can view and discuss, in small groups, paintings published on the National Galleries website. Then each student individually...
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Genre Lesson: Historical Fiction

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Take a trip through history with a activity on historical fiction. With instructions for games, reading activities, and literary analysis assignments, this resource would be a great addition to any reading unit with a historical fiction...
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Comparing and Contrasting Two Genres: Screwball Comedy and Film Noir with Reference to "Double Indemnity"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students compare and contrast the narrative form of film with the artistic style. They also compare the screwball comedy genres with the film noir genre. They examine the historical roots of film.
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Focus on Genre

For Teachers 6th - 7th
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.
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Literature Genres

For Teachers 4th - 6th
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...
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Identifying Genre by Previewing a Text

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
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...
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Previewing a Text Using Title and Genre

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
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...
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Genres and Literature

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
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:...
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Portraits, Pears, and Perfect Landscapes: Investigating Genre in the Visual Arts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students define genre in the visual arts, particularly in Western painting and explain the differences between subject and genre. The genre of a variety of works of art is identified.
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Core Analysis Frame: Drama

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
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.
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Genre

For Teachers K - 3rd
 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.
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Mystery Genre

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Can you detect what the elements of mystery are? The clues on these slides will help your readers as they become amateur sleuths! Definitions and questions are listed to involve your learners and give them support. Assignments are...
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Elements of the Short Story

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
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...
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Jumping Genre Sports Scenes

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students research the work of U.S. Post-expressionist painter and printmaker George Bellows. They examine the meaning of Genre painting and create an original painting of a sports figure in motion using the style of George Bellows.
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What is a mystery?

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
What is a mystery? Learners complete an anagram worksheet to discover the mystery genre. First, they listen as the teacher reads from All About Mysteries and notes defining words on the board. Then they read a mystery and examine it for...
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Movies and Entertainment

For Students 6th - 8th
Test your students' knowledge of literary and cinematic genres with this matching worksheet. Twenty-one terms, such as "thriller," "western," "novel," and "horror," can be matched with their definition. Use this activity as an...
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Film Festival: An ESL Lesson Plan to Get Students Talking About Movies

For Teachers 6th - 10th
If your ESL pupils love talking about movies, here is an activity ideal for providing practice with both informational reading and elements of a story. Given fictional movie posters, they decipher the information and put it into a...
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Fairy Tales and Folklore Tell about....

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Every elementary age child learns about the different genres of literature, this PowerPoint will give them a clear idea of what to look for when identifying Folklore and Fairy Tales. Each slide describe the characteristics of Folklore,...
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Fantasy

For Teachers 3rd Standards
How do you know the book you are reading is a fantasy? Explore the characteristics of the fantasy genre as you read the story Zathura with your class. Together you'll create a class chart that identifies the fantasy genre while building...
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Identifying Genres of Literature Through Primary Sources

For Teachers 4th - 6th
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...
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Literature Genres

For Teachers 4th - 7th
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...
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The Evolution of Science Fiction

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
How is it that science fiction writers have displayed the uncanny ability to predict the future? An informational video discusses the genre of science fiction and explains how it has developed. Discussions of specific texts, such...
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How Fantasy Reflects our World

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
History inspires fantasy. That idea forms the basis of an informational video about the genre. Through the video, viewers learn about different subgenres of fantasy and discover its key characteristics. The video discusses many popular...
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How Tragic!

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders read and study, in-depth, a specific classical tragedy, in this case, Oedipus. They explore strategies from making meaning out of or interpreting texts, as well as strategies for determining how authors create meaning in...
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Introduction to Traditional Oral Narratives

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students are introduced to the idea of traditional oral narratives and divide them into genres. They explore the genres of context, motifs and variants. Each student finds oral narratives in their own lives and practice retelling them in...
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Horror Tales: What Makes Them Spooky?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Before you jump into this lesson, be aware there is little to work with. That being said, the ideas are solid and will be brought to life with a little Halloween spirit. Learners examine horror as a sub-genre, and contemplate what makes...
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Facts and Opinions in a Variety of Genres

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Here is a lesson dedicated to helping learners understand the differences between facts and opinions. They examine the first page of several books from the class library to determine if the book is fact or opinion based. A Venn diagram...
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Lesson: The Romance Genre

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Who buys romance novels? Older scholars discuss this demographic in a behavioral psychology study which begins with a discussion and data analysis. The data sheet can be found online and offers statistics about who and where this huge...
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Carver Primary Squares

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Using a game format, this series of slides has learners identify literary genres. They have to use a clue to answer questions about literary genres including myths and legends, historical fiction, and fairy tales. This resource could be...
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Genre and Subgenre Review

For Students 3rd - 6th
In this genre worksheet, students decide which genre and which subgenre the books that they are given are. Students complete this for 10 books total.
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Literacy Genres

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Expand on eager bookworms' independent reading by engaging them to define various genres of literature. Readers collaborate and use technology to find what goes into their assigned or previously read genres. Time is given for independent...
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The Horror! The Horror!

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Gear up for Halloween by studying the horror genre with your class and analyzing films and texts to uncover the genre's traditional conventions.
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Media Genres Unit

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars examine different types of media and genres in this unit. They identify the characteristics of each type of genre. They also examine their relationship with certain genres.
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Exploring Science Fiction and Fantasy

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Pupils view the videos from the Spellbinder series. They focus on analyzing and thinking critically. Students explore the distinguishing features and conventions of the science fiction and fantasy genres and narrative structure and film...
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Learning About Fiction Genres in the Elementary School Library

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
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...
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Silent Movie

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students examine the impact of movies and television. In this communication lesson, students share filmstrips that lack sound and determine the genre of the segments. Students discuss popular movies and television shows from different...
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Movie Genres

For Students 7th - 11th
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...
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Literature: What is it?

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Eleven slides answer the question "What is literature?" with simple definitions and categories. Each genre of literature is briefly explained and split into subcategories. These bright, colorful slides work well to introduce literature...
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HS 204: Introduction to Literature: Poetry Section

For Teachers Higher Ed
This outline introduction for a college course covers the idea of humanities and various language forms and literature genres. Beginning with the human species and our influence on the world around us, take a very thorough look at the...
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Is the world a fair and just place: Unit 1 Task 2 Day 4

For Teachers 6th Standards
Using supporting details to support a textual comparison is the focus of this activity. Sixth graders are randomly assigned one of two Civil Rights Era speeches, each group uses specific details from each speech to create a visual mural...
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Genre Lesson: Poetry

For Teachers 5th Standards
Here is a terrific instructional activity on poetry! Learners bring in the lyrics to their favorite song. A class discussion ensues regarding what makes a song "catchy." After analyzing the alliteration of the poems, learners read the...
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Genre Lesson: Biography/Autobiography

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
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...
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Analyzing Multiple Interpretations of Literature

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
There is a reason why an Oscar is given each year for the Best Adaptation Screenplay. Adaptations are the focus of an exercise that asks class members to compare a work of literature with a least one adaptation of the work into a...
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Why Should You Read "One Hundred Years of Solitude"?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
How does One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez represent the genre of magical realism? Scholars explore the topic by watching an informative video. Next, they answer quiz questions and join an online discussion about...
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The Jungle Book

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
Accompany a viewing of Disney's live-action feature film, The Jungle Book, with a packet equipped with several activities focused on story elements. Scholars discuss and complete diagrams and charts about the movie's characters, setting,...
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Genre Focus Drama: Blackline Master 1

For Students 6th - 10th
In this drama genre focus worksheet, students examine a play as they complete a graphic organizer and respond to 6 short answer questions regarding the characters and setting of a specific play.
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Genre Focus: Short Story Blackline Master 1

For Students 7th - 12th
In this genre focus short story worksheet, learners complete a characterization graphic organizer and also fill in a plot diagram. Students review character change, exposition, conflict, climax, and resolution of a short story using this...
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Drama Genre Focus Lesson

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed
Students examine the elements of drama to develop an appreciation and understanding of the genre. In this instructional activity students read, analyze, discuss, and review a dramatic selection.
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Create A Genre Crossword Puzzle

For Students 8th
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.
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Much Ado About Nothing

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Young scholars explore the genre of romantic comedy through their reading of Much Ado About Nothing. In this literary genres lesson, students study the genre of romantic comedy through their reading of Much Ado About Nothing. Young...
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Genre Assessment

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students research literature genres. In this genres lesson, 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.
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Modesto City Schools Library Lesson Plan: Genre Assessment

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students identify the genre of literature passages. In this literary genre lesson, students study the characteristics of a variety of literary genres. They read eleven short passages and tell which genre they represent on the associated...
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Name That Genre

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
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.
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Genre Focus: Poetry Analysis Chart

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
Delve into poetry analysis with this two-page worksheet. The first page asks the reader to identify the title, speaker, rhythm, imagery, and any figures of speech. The second page is a little deeper: What is the mood? What kind of poem...
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Collection 7 Test Review

For Students 7th - 9th
Though designed to be taken after reading a series of short stories, this grammar review can be used anytime to review parts of speech, types of sentences, and how to combine short sentences. Great practice for writers of all ages!
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Introduction to the Short Story

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How should pupils read short stories? Set them up for this unit with an introductory activity that goes over the main characteristics of a short story and starts learners off reading their first short story of the unit. In order to get a...
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Discovering Genre: Poetry

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Work on literal and figurative meanings with a lesson focused on Robert Frost's "After Apple-Picking" and "The Road Not Taken." Readers identify the literary devices used by the poet to set the poems' themes, settings, and narrative...
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English Word Search Puzzle

For Students 6th - 7th
In this English worksheet, learners recall ten literary terms and genres. Students find these words in this challenging word search puzzle.
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Literary Term Reviews

For Teachers 6th
Provide your class with a review of literary terms. Engage them in a concentration-type game focusing on literary terms and genres. This is an interesting way to review this concept.
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Compare and Contrast: Literary Analysis

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders are able to use active listening skills, take notes and identify literary elements of a short story. They use/create graphic organizer, compare/contrast literary elements from various stories and compare and contrast traits.
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Can the world be a fair and just place: Unit 1 Task 1 Day 2

For Teachers 6th Standards
Day 2 of the unit on justice in the world introduces learners to Rosa Parks. They read "I Was Not Alone" and look at images that tell the Parks story. They discuss how the images and story conveyed one historical event in different or...
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Is the world a fair and just place: Speech Analysis, Task 2 day 3

For Teachers 6th Standards
Task 2 of the large unit on justice in the world engages learners in speech analysis. They hear the Martin Luther King Jr. speech, I Have A Dream, then consider how the author's craft and use of informational text helped him convey his...
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Animal Tales Around the World

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars explore characteristics of Indian Tales/ Parables. For this literature lesson, students compare contemporary society to western culture through analysis. Young scholars create their own tales using this genre.
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Nureyev: The Unconquerable Will

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students consider the development of dance across cultures. In this dance genre lesson plan, students study the history of Russia and the Mongol Tatars. Students research how classical ballet made its way to Russia and create...
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Small Actions with Big Results

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore philanthropy in literature. In this literature lesson, students read text from three different genres that all have a moral. Students compare and contrast these pieces of literature, focusing on the character traits that...
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Science Fiction - Genre

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Unsuspecting George McFlys are presented into the craft workings of the science fiction genre of literature. Speculations are developed through teacher-led dialogs about how science fiction impacts science, technology, and comments on...
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Holes First Chapter - Comparing the Setting

For Teachers 6th
Learners explore the book Holes by Louis Sachar in this creative lesson. They begin by listening to nature sounds to recreate the environment of the camp in the book. Next, they make a Venn diagram to compare elements of the story, and...
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Academic Vocabulary

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Arm your writers with an arsenal of literary terms. With definitions of everything from plot structure and figurative language to point-of-view and types of irony, learners will gain an understanding of elements in stories and be able to...
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A Brief History of the Short Story

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Before you begin a unit on short stories, give your class some background information about the development of the short story. The presentation includes the history of the short story, starting with the first authors to explore and...
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Researching Using Books

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students investigate researching techniques by exploring their library. For this literature references lesson, students identify the different types and genres of books that are readily available at their local library as well as proper...
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Characteristics of Imaginative Stories

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore genre characteristics. In this genre literacy lesson, 3rd graders listen to a variety of fiction stories and classify them according to genre. Students identify common features in each genre and complete a chart by...
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Genre Lesson: Science Fiction

For Teachers 6th Standards
Sixth graders explore the components of science fiction in a science and literacy lesson. As they define and record definitions of the term on the board, learners identify a text as science fiction using the terms they have listed to...
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Edgar Allen Poe: More Than the Master of Horror

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Celebrate Poe's birthday with works that don't feature incorporeal hearts or evil houses.
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Summer Reading to Get Teens Thinking

For Teachers 8th - 11th
While summer reading usually involves entertaining fluff, here is a list of books that are thought-provoking, unique, and entertaining.
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Hidden Messages

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students take a closer look at literary elements within the horror genre. In this literature lesson, students identify themes in the horror genre as they read and analyze War of the Worlds and Cemetery Path.
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Heartfelt/Handmade Activities: Genre Painting

For Teachers K - 8th
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...
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Purposes of Reading Fiction and Nonfiction

For Teachers 1st Standards
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...
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Science Fiction

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
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...
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Predicting a Mystery's Solution

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Awarded the 1998 Edgar Award for Best Children's Mystery, Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief offers readers a chance to hone their predictive and deductive skills along with Sammy Keyes, who the Midwest Children's Book Review calls "the...
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Genres in Literature

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
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.
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Larger Than Life

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students research the Spanish artist Francisco de Goya and his use of fantasy and allegory in his artwork. After reading either classic or contemporary fantasy stories, they discuss how Goya might have illustrated the stories. Students...
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Modesto City Schools Library Lesson Plan

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Pupils read and understand a variety of genres in a library setting. In this library activity lesson plan, students act as detectives and use clues in text and pictures to hypothesize the title of the missing book for the library reading...
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Genre Lesson: Short Story

For Teachers 6th Standards
Stories from Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street provide sixth graders with an opporltunity to identify the elements of a short story. After several modeling exercises, readers use the provided worksheet to recording information...
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Understanding Genres

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars identify genres of literature. In this literature instructional activity, students read definitions of the various genres. Young scholars choose books and list clues in the texts that help them identify the appropriate genre.
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Genre Lesson: Narrative Poetry

For Teachers 6th Standards
Sixth graders complete a worksheet.  In this poetry lesson, 6th graders learn about the differences between narrative poetry and lyric poetry.  Students read poems and determine which form of poetry they are as well as identify...
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Much Ado About Nothing: Genre

For Students 5th - 7th
For this statements worksheet, students read the book Much Ado About Nothing and complete tasks with the statements including sorting and sequencing. Students complete 5 tasks total.
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Comparing and Contrasting Fiction and Nonfiction

For Teachers K - 1st
The last lesson in a series of three lessons, this plan is designed to have young readers further explore fiction and nonfiction books. They will compare and contrast the characteristics of each genre using a Venn Diagram to organize the...
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A Wizard of Earthsea: The Fantasy Tradition

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Take a look at the fantasy genre in this second instructional activity for A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. Pupils read about fantasy and explore books that fit into the genre. They then discuss the relationship between fantasy...
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Myths, Folktales, and Legends

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Ten learning stations make for an active and collaborative activity on myths, folktales, and legends. Pupils read a different text at each station and determine what genre the piece fits into, offering evidence for their decision.
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The Myth of Oisín and the Land of Eternal Youth

For Students 6th - Higher Ed
Viewers learn about Echtrai, an Irish myth genre, with the retelling of the myth of Oisin and his visit with Niamh to Tir na nOg, the land of eternal youth.
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Fairy Tales as a Genre of Literature

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Young scholars examine the literary elements of fairy tales. After reading the fairy tale "Rapunzel" and discussing the elements of fairy tales that occur as they read, they use a story web to help plan and create an original fairy...
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Asian Cinderella Tales

For Teachers 6th
Explore the world of fairy tales using this lesson focusing on higher- order thinking skills. Learners compare and contrast an Asian Cinderella story to other versions. It is a great way to review the characteristics of the genre and...
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Horror Fiction Multimedia Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
"There comes an end to all things" and ending a study of horror fiction with a multimedia project is "like starting a stone. . . away the stone goes, starting others. . ." In this case, groups start with a question generated by Dr....
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A Selection of Stories from The Æsop for Children

For Students K - 8th Standards
Read and incorporate a variety of Aesop's Fables into a fable genre study with an eBook produced by the Library of Congress. The interactive eBook contains 146 fables written by Aesop and includes colorful interactive illustrations by...
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Words by Heart: Question Answer Relationship

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Even though readers investigate matters of the heart, this activity promotes the inner workings of learners' brains. The fifth lesson of six has the teacher first model the strategy to the class before having small groups practice. To...
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Science Fiction

For Teachers 3rd
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...
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The Rule of Three

For Teachers 1st Standards
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...
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Nature

For Teachers 1st - 2nd Standards
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...
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Biography

For Teachers 4th Standards
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...
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Science Fiction

For Teachers 6th Standards
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....
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Comparing Works By The Same Author: Venn Diagram

For Teachers 5th - 8th
A Venn diagram is a great tool. Middle schoolers research specific authors from different time periods, cultures, and genres. In groups, they create a Venn Diagram in order to compare and contrast two pieces of literature by the same...
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How to Recognize a Dystopia

For Students 9th - 12th
Viewers need not be fans of dystopian literature to be engaged by a short video that traces the development of the genre from Plato to the present. Gulliver's Travels, The Time Machine, The Iron Heel, Brave New World, Animal Farm, and We...
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Collaboration for the African American Calendar

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars cooperate and organize facts for group assignment using the collaboration board. They post one subject with their row number and month and also post appropriate information to be used in the calendar from the Wikipedia...
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Pic-A-Fic: Choosing Fiction for Every Taste

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine and categorize a selection of title representing fiction genres. In this fiction genres lesson, 6th graders analyze and identify a variety of titles in the fiction genre. Students then find these types of fiction...
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Mystery Puzzle Book Project

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore the mystery genre.  In this literature instructional activity, students identfiy common features and characteristics of the genre "mystery".  Students independently read a mystery of their choice, and create an 8 piece...
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Genre Lesson: Realistic Fiction

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students explore the elements of realistic fiction. In this genre study instructional activity, students discuss connections they have to characters in their favorite show or movie. Students hunt for realistic fiction elements in a text...
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The Game is Afoot - A Study of Sherlock Holmes

For Teachers 5th
Mystery is an exciting genre for young readers to investigate. The plots are so intriguing! Here is a series of lessons featuring Sherlock Holmes stories that invite learners to enter the world of the mystery genre.  Based on what they...
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Hidden Stories: A Three-Part Lesson in African-American History, Research, and Children’s Literature

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Groups of high school learners conduct research on a particular era of African-American history, focusing on events, people, and places important to that era. Next, they review children's literature in four different genres. As a...
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Text Features of Fiction, Poetry, Drama: Story Matrix

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
How do novels differ from plays? Explore with your class the text features of fiction and drama by reading The Hidden One: Native American Legend and then performing a reader’s theater script based on the story. Class members create a...
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Antebellum American Art

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Dividing the art of the Antebellum period into several different genres, this vibrant presentation is sure to get your students' attention. It takes your students on a walk through an art museum with famous paintings, architecture, and...
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Back-to-School Survey

For Teachers 1st - 8th
From their strengths and challenges in the classroom, to favorite television shows and genres of books, discover more about your class members in order to enhance your instruction and build stronger relationships throughout the school year.
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Introduction to John Updike

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Expand your pupils' understanding of the short story genre with a study of John Updike and his story "A&P." This lesson, the fourth in a series of fourteen, invites learners to examine literary terms and read and discuss the story....
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Great Expectations

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
A bildungsroman is a coming-of-age novel, and Great Expectations stands as one of the greatest examples of this genre. The classic text gets a more modern feel through an eBook version. Individuals read all about the life of Pip through...
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Forensic Science Crimes Dramas

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
How do TV shows present criminology—is it realistic? High schoolers research crime dramas and participate in class discussion about topics such as who exists as the target audience and the values the shows communicate. They also research...
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The Hate U Give

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas became a quick hit in the young adult literature genre before its adaptation in the 2018 film of the same name. Use a thorough lesson, discussion guide, and series of activities to discuss the social...
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Using Folklore to Improve Close Reading Skills: "Here's How I Heard It"

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
"X" is for exaggeration, "F" is for fact. To encourage close reading and to improve literary analysis skills, class members annotate fables and tall tales with symbols that identify key features of this genre.
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And Then There Were None

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Justice and murder are the heart of the best mysteries. The writers interviewed for this episode of the Great American Read try to convince viewers that the best of this genre is Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. 
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Genre Focus: Novel Blackline Master 1

For Students 6th - 12th
For this novel summary study guide worksheet, students complete a chart and respond to 6 short answer questions regarding literary elements such as characterization, setting, and theme.
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Identifying the Content, Form, and Style of the Science Fiction Genre as seen in Invasion of the Body Snatchers

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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Intermediate Matching – Types of Books

For Students 5th - 6th
For this book genre worksheet, students draw a line from the book type words to their definitions. They match nine words, which include dictionary, cookbook, encyclopedia, and fiction, with the definition that best describes it.
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Library Lingo Crossword

For Students 2nd - 4th
In this library lingo crossword puzzle worksheet, students use the 6 clues to determine the 6 literary genre names that complete the word puzzle.
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Technology in Art

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Complete three different self portraits in this art technology activity. Your class will discuss the cubism genre and its characteristics. They create a regular self-portrait, a cubism self-portrait, and a cubism digital picture of...
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Lesson Plans for Genre Dance Around the Maypole

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Students analyze the art of Pieter Brueghel and complete related art activities. In this art analysis instructional activity, students read a biography of Pieter Brueghel and complete a photo montage activity. Students also complete an...
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Tales of the Supernatural

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore the origins and development of a literary genre. They investigate how shared imaginative concerns link the members of a literary period and compare works of literature from different eras.
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The Evolution of YA: Young Adult Fiction, Explained

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Paranormal teen romances may currently dominate the young adult fiction shelves, but that's not the only change to the genre during the past few years. The evolution of YA lit is the topic of an informational video that follows the teen...
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England's Sentimental Theater: Crash Course Theater #26

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How did people in the nineteenth century encourage better decision making? Using playwrights to discuss morality, of course! A video on British theater in the 1800s describes sentimental comedy and the common characteristics found within...
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Reading Genres Fortune Teller

For Teachers 4th - 11th
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.
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Silhouettes and Interiors

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students create a multimedia piece that integrates drawing and collage. Students learn about metacognition and the discovering of self through genres of art and literature by using these steps: inspiration, brainstorm, application,...
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Poetry

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders watch a video to learn about poetry genres. In this poetry lesson, 5th graders watch a video of a poem written over one hundred years ago. They participate in a Reader's Theatre experience of "Casey at the Bat." They work...
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The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Longfellow's "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" are featured in this lesson. Slides provide information about the genre of poetry, sequencing, and graphic organizers. Seven words from the poem are defined and 17 guided reading questions...
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Genre Focus: Myths and Folklore Blackline Master 1

For Students 6th - 12th
In this myths and folklore genre focus worksheet, students complete a character chart and then respond to 6 short answer questions regarding literary elements such as conflict and theme.
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Genre Focus: Sacred Text Blackline Master 1

For Students 6th - 12th
In this genre focus sacred text worksheet, learners fill in a chart with information from a piece of sacred text. Students also respond to 3 short answer questions regarding setting, characters, and imagery.
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Nonfiction: Genre Focus Lesson

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Pupils explore works of nonfiction. In this nonfiction genre focus lesson, students activate prior knowledge of nonfiction, identify the types of narrative and informative nonfiction, and analyze a word of nonfiction.
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Flat Stanley Travels to U.S. Regions

For Teachers 4th
Fourth Graders read the book Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. In the story a bulletin board flattens the main character. He is then sent in an envelope to a friend in California. During a fantasy genre language arts unit, groups of students...
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Making and Using a Graphic Organizer for Solving a Mystery

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students create tables in a word processing program which helps them organize their text clues when reading a mystery story. They develop reading comprehension strategies while using a computer based graphic organizer in order to solve...
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Dedicated to Peace: Create a Seal for the Carter Center

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Develop a definition of peace with your class, one that extends beyond "the absence of war." Pupils research the work of Rosalynn and President Jimmy Carter through the Carter Center. They depict the essential elements of the Center's...
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Reading Log

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
In this reading log worksheet, students record on a chart, the names, titles, authors, and genres for their free reading books. This is meant to be used on a long term basis.
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Clowns and Mimes

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Unless your class is afraid of clowns, this presentation is sure to interest them. It discusses the history behind clowns, the different types of clowns, and the ways that clowns contribute to the genre of comedy. Use this slide show in...
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Short Story Notes

For Students 6th - 12th
Introduce the genre of the short story to your class. You can make a handout out of this resource or develop extensive notes from the information included. Cover development, characteristics, types, and elements of the short story, with...
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Reading Check List: How many things can you read?

For Students K - 4th
Diversify your young readers' at-home reading habits with this activity. This handout consists of a list of 24 different types of reading materials from newspapers and how-to books to science fiction and poetry. The goal is for students...
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Is It Fiction Or Non Fiction?

For Teachers 1st
First graders investigate how to distinguish between the genres of fiction and non fiction as found in book and electronic print format.
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A "How To" Project in the Science Fiction Genre

For Teachers 4th - 8th
You can have students use science fiction elements to create a "How To" brochure that can stir the imagination.
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Major Works Data Sheet

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Ease the anxiety of preparing for the AP English exams with a four-page packet test-takers can use to record key information about major works they have read. In addition to biographical information about the author, historical...
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Predicting a Mystery's Solution

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Practice making informed predictions. Have your class create a paper fortune-teller and ask questions about the future. They compare the fortune-telling process to the more informed kind of predictions they make while reading. They...
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Journaling

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify, record, and process lessons completed through various service-learning activities. They create two-sided copies of the journal cover on colored paper and decorate so that it shows through both sides. Students then...
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Genre Lesson: Fantasy

For Teachers 4th - 5th
  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...
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Genre Lesson: What is a Mystery?

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Examine the elements in a mystery with The Westing Game. Learners unscramble words as if they had to put clues together. Additionally, they discuss terms used in mysteries. They practice the word using the context of the story, as well...
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Compare and Contrast Editorials

For Teachers 4th Standards
Does your class know what an editorial is? Introduce the genre to them with this plan. First, the teacher models how to read an editorial and compare and contrast. Next, the class has a chance to analyze editorials written by their own...
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Mysterious Plot Problems

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Students explore the plot of mystery books. In this genre study lesson, students read the book, Sammy Keyes and the Hollywood Mummy and listen to a read aloud of a chapter from the text. Students fill in a graphic organizer that helps...
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Classical Greece and Rome

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Covering the playwrights and characteristics of ancient Greek dramas, this presentation would be a good starter to a unit about the culture or about the genre of tragedies. Though titled "Classical Greece and Rome," there isn't any...
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A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
While many can identify Ernest Hemingway's famous works, they may be unaware of his service during World War I and how that affected his literary contributions. An video details Hemingway's service in World War I and explains events and...
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Understanding a Mystery Book

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Young readers act as detectives and use the clues and illustrations in Stella Louella’s Runaway Book to create a hypothesis about the title of the missing library book. Doug Cushman’s The Mystery of King Karfu may be substituted as the...
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The Winter’s Tale: Storybook Strategy

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Introduce class members to the conventions of the romance genre and the theme of familial relationships with Mahlon F. Craft's illustrated Sleeping Beauty. The themes are a focus of their study of The Winter's Tale.
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DanceStar

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Express dance moves mathematically. Scholars dissect dance routines and express them using mathematical notation, such as translations and rotations. They use video clips to investigate seven different dance genres.
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Reading Challenge

For Students 9th - 12th
One of the big challenges of assigning independent reading is helping class members find a book to read. Another is encouraging readers to read a variety of genres. Never fear, help is here in the form of a quest that asks individuals to...
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Different Strokes for Different Folks

For Teachers 4th
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...
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Vocab. unit #1 Content Words-Literature

For Students 9th - 12th
In this literature worksheet, students find the terms that are related to identifying different types of genres. The answers are found by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.
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Things I've Learned About Folklife

For Students 7th - 8th
For this learning about folklife worksheet, students fill in a chart about the things they learned about folklife, folk groups, and folk genres.
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Use Order of Operations to Evaluate Expressions—No Grouping Symbols

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students identify and explain different types of data collection and graphs. In this graphs and data collection lesson, students record their observations of a variety of data collection tools and graphs displayed in the room. Students...
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Annotated Timeline of The American Literary Movement

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Study the transformation of American literature starting from Colonial times up until the present. Each of the nine periods (Romanticism, Realism, Postmodernism, etc.) is introduced and important literary agents from that period are...
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The Closet Creature

For Students 2nd - 3rd
Kelly Hashway's "The Closet Creature" gives primary graders an opportunity to demonstrate their reading comprehension skills as they respond to the prompts on four different reading worksheets.
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Heredity and Genetics: Dihybrid Crosses

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
This presentation starts with a review of monohybrid crosses and then explains and offers examples of dihybrid crosses solved with a Punnett square.
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Fairy Tale Unit of Study

For Students 2nd - 3rd Standards
What makes a fairy tale a fairy tale? Use a 27-page packet to supplement your next fairy tale unit. With sequencing activities, story map worksheets, character analyses and story elements graphic organizers, and fairy tale highlight...
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Biography and Autobiography

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
In this biography and autobiography learning exercise, learners recognize a biography and an autobiography. Students then answer several questions about the differences between the genres.
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KS5 Film and Media Studies: Documentary

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students generate their own definition of documetary. They watch and discusss a series of extracts that demonstrate the breadth of the documentary form. Students create a defintion of the term documentary that takes into account the...
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CAHSEE Literary Terms Word Search Puzzle

For Students 8th - 11th
For this literary terms word search worksheet, students locate 20 words from a word bank that is located at the bottom of the page. They find words such as metaphor, genre, and simile.
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Freckle Juice

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders study literary forms and distinguish between fiction and non-fiction genres. In this literary genres lesson, 5th graders read the last chapter from the book aloud and answer questions about the text. Students work in groups...
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The Language of Our World

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students make inferences about characters in poetry. For this literature lesson, students read poetry and prose to determine how characters handle conflict in each of the genres.
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Character's Motive

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Why do people commit crimes? Middle schoolers investigate characters' motives for committing a crime in a character analysis lesson. First, they read the book Chasing Vermeer and identify the suspects. They then record the details about...
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Predicting a Mystery's Solution

For Teachers 6th Standards
Sixth graders explore the genre of mystery. In this language arts lesson, 6th graders predict the solution to a mystery based on the text. Students read a text and predict the solution.
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Identifying Clues to Help Solve a Mystery

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Students investigate clues in mystery novels. In this genre study lesson, students read the book Sammy Keyes and The Hotel Thief and use the 5 W's to answer questions about the mystery. Students draw conclusions using the details from...
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Back to the Past

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What was the Untied States like in 1938? What were the concerns of Americans in the post World War I era? What were their fears? What were their sources of news and entertainment? To understand the reaction to Orson Welles' radio...
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Who's Who in Early Documentary History

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discover some important people in the genre of documentaries. They examine their contributions made to the movement as well. They discover the history of documentaries as well.
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Fairy Tales

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students explore fairy tales to identify the most common characteristics of the genre. In small groups, students complete a graphic organizer for a specific fairy tale. As a class, students discuss the characteristics most commonly...
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Story Starters

For Teachers K - 12th
Students orally tell different types of stories using the assistance of props. For more advanced students, stories may be told according to a specific genre, or the story may have to include a given condition, setting, situation or theme.
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Narrative and Response to Literature Genres

For Teachers K - 5th
Teachers, take a look at these slides to see examples of how to teach narrative to your kindergartners. Progressive tasks are outlined for K-5 RTL tasks and a few resource links are included. Receive support for your curriculum planning...
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Making Predictions: Problem-Solving Applications

For Students 4th - 6th
Get your mathematicians making predictions with this movie-genre opinion poll worksheet! Students begin by filling in the hypothetical results of an 80-person survey, tallying favorite movie genre responses between 5 categories. After...
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First Person

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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The Newspaper Front Page

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Hot off the presses! A perfect instructional activity idea for a journalism class or even a language arts class looking to incorporate some informational texts. Young writers analyze the front pages of various newspapers to determine the...
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Latin Worksheet: Horace, Ode 1.5

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Take a look at Horace's "Ode 1.5" from Carmina in depth with an analysis worksheet. Included on the first page is the original Latin version of the verses as well as a literal translation. Pupils respond to questions relating to sounds,...
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Lesson 1: Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
I love Faulkner, his experimental style and stream of consciousness are so exciting. Your learners can analyze William Faulkner and his novel, The Sound and the Fury by defining his place in American literary history and exploring his...
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Transcendentalism

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Explore transcendentalism through American literature. Learners examine the setting of Henry David Thoreau's Walden through a series of excerpts and photographs. This lesson includes a review that discusses the pros and cons of its...
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Running Wild

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students prepare to read Running Wild by Margaret Johnson. For this literature lesson, students participate in classroom activities that require them to discuss literature genres and predict the content of the book. Students also respond...
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Find an Animal! Find a Book!

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students identify the themes of different books by classifying their genre.  In this genre activity, students examine a specific animal by reading both a nonfiction and fiction book about the species.  Students compare the different...
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The Miracle of the First Poinsettia

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Connecting to literature and learning how to infer are two great reading strategies everyone needs to know. Here, the class will read along with the story The Miracle of the First Poinsettia, review folktales as a genre, and make...
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Recommended Reading: Elementary

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Early readers will be so excited to begin their new literary adventures with this reading list! Titles are organized according to grade level (K-5), and each include the title's author as well as a brief plot summary.
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Mental Math Blocks

For Teachers 4th - 5th
In this mathematics worksheet, students solve various types of problems in each of the squares. They use symbols to compare numbers. They also divide and multiply.
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Mystery Words

For Students 7th - 8th
On this language arts worksheet, students locate 22 words on a word search. Each word is related to the mystery story genre. Students may self check their puzzles by selecting the link at the bottom of the page.
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River Flow Chart: Sequence Activity

For Students 1st - 4th
In this sequencing worksheet, students fill in "boulders" in a river with events in chronological order. Flow chart can be used with any appropriate selection and a variety of genres.
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Study Guide for the 2009 Richard Gray Visual Arts Lecturer: Jules Feiffer

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Students analyze the cartoons of Jules Feiffer and the art genre to then create their own comic book-style spread. In this cartoon art lesson, students read about the work of Feiffer and identify the techniques of the art. Students...
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Journeys: A Common Core State Standards Unit for A Wrinkle in Time and Companion Texts

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
You won't find any wrinkles in your instruction with this unit guide on Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. The 34-page document includes everything from instructional questions and learning tasks aligned to Common Core State...
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The Tell-Tale Heart

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
One of the most famous short stories, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," is the focus of this resource. Learners read the story, respond to several text-based questions, and brainstorm ideas about a question relating to the text as...
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Seven Little Mice

For Students 1st Standards
Which days of the week does each mouse find a bun? Is it Monday through Sunday, or Sunday through Saturday? Read a poem about the adventures of the seven mice during the days of the week, followed by four reading comprehension questions.
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The Fox and the Wolf—a Basque Folktale

For Students 2nd - 6th Standards
A 16-minute audiobook features "The Fox and the Wolf," a Basque Folktalethe folktale originally by Antonio de Trueba. Scholars follow along as a hungry wolf sets out to find a good meal: the fox!