This bundle is great for teachers familiar with fantasy, mystery, sci-fi, and horror or teachers who would like to try to teach them, especially while giving students the ability to choose their own books (a best practice for ELA) so that they are highly engaged!
Several years ago, I decided I wanted to stop teaching AP Language and teach some electives that were more fun. My school offers a course we call "Literature of the Strange" (not the greatest name, I know) that focuses on the genres of Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery/Suspense, and Horror, and I was lucky enough to pick up several sections of this class.
The good news is that it's a BLAST and the kids love it! The bad news was that, at the time, I was rusty on the four genres. Also, I really wanted to keep the class fun and give the students a lot of choice while still teaching the genres and holding kids accountable. So, one of the things I came up with was modifying an AP assignment a lot of teachers do called "data sheets" for the four genres.
This bundle includes all of them--16 pages that you can use for independent reading or reading workshop in your class! Usually, I spend time teaching the elements of each genre and we read or view some short pieces together to practice the analysis. Then I give students time to read independent book choices in the genre we are studying and they fill out the appropriate data sheet as they work at their own pace. Since kids can fill them out while they are reading, they don't find them intrusive or overwhelming. But I still can assess the extent to which they understand and can analyze the specific techniques we studied, but not have to grade compositions or try to come up with a million different reading quizzes.
All of the sheets include the following:
- basic setting, character, and plot information
- independent vocabulary
- important quote analysis
- analysis of various important aspects of each genre, such as theme, the hero's journey, symbolism of monsters, extrapolation in sci-fi, etc.