Exploring Literary Genres

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3rd - 6th
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Teaching students the many genres of literature can be a daunting task! Did you know that there are over 100 different genres and sub genres of literature! Wow! Talk about overload. This packet focuses on 16 of the most common genres that students are exposed to. Learning to differentiate among these common genres will help your students gain comprehension of what they are reading, understand author's purpose, and provide them with choices for trying new forms of literature. With delightful graphics to guide them, students will soon be able to differentiate between the genres, track the genres they are reading, and be able to select a book based on a new genre that interests them.

What's in this packet? Everything you need. Just print and go!

•Tips and Tricks

•Background for the teacher

•Characteristics of genre pages

(These pages include some suggested mentor texts to get you started)

•Genre Anchor Chart - Traditional Literature

•16 Large Genre Posters with descriptions

•32 small genre matching/sorting cards

•Compare and Contrast Genres student page

•Student record sheet for keeping track of genres read

•Student visual record sheet for keeping track of genres

•Create Your Own Movie Poster – student activity page

•Name that Genre comic strip activity

•16 small genre cards for students to use as references

•Labels for Book Bins

Your students are sure to enjoy the graphics as they learn the basics of genres of literature!!!!

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Total Pages
44 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.


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