Fiction Genre Activities - Genre Worksheets- Lesson Plans- Google Classroom Opt.

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4th - 5th
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Fiction Genre comprehensive unit designed for direct and explicit teaching of how to identify different fiction genres by analyzing the setting, events, and characters of the fiction genres:

• Realistic Fiction

• Science Fiction

• Historical Fiction

• Mystery

• Fantasy

We've added a Google Classroom version for the activities in this bundle.

We also have a folktale genre unit (fairy tales, fables, legends, myths, & tall tales). Check it out! Folktale Genre Lesson Plans and Ppts.

You can have both genre units for a discounted price in our Genre Bundle. Check it out!

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Identifying fiction genres can be confusing for students. This unit breaks down the skill of identifying fiction genres into 8 lessons that are scaffolded. It includes 8 very detailed lesson plans with 8 interactive PowerPoints that go with each lesson. It is so thorough that the teacher will need little prep time and would be great to use at the beginning of a busy year or with a long-term sub.

This unit would also be a great tool to use with intervention groups and tutoring because of the way it is chunked into bite-size lessons. An adorable social media theme is used throughout the unit to engage the students with texts, tweets, snapchat-like photos, online shopping, Facebook-like profile sheet, and emojis and more emojis!

Purpose of Unit

We created this unit because materials that teach the skill of identifying fiction genre thoroughly are difficult to find. Most materials rush the process, but identifying fiction genres takes time and lots of practice. Our goal was to allow the students time to work with the different genres so that they truly would know the specific setting, events, and characters of each fiction genre. This knowledge will help them predict patterns when they read different stories and increase their comprehension and assist in their narrative writing.

After the students have been taught how to identify different fiction genres by analyzing the setting, events, and characters, they will then practice by looking at short examples and choosing the correct genre. Whole stories are not included, but this unit can be used alongside fictions the class is reading.


- 8 very detailed lesson plans with learning goals, learning targets

- 8 formative assessments for each lesson

- 8 accompanied PowerPoints to guide the teaching and engage the students

- Samples for assessments and tasks

- “I Can” Statements

- Learning Scales and Student Tracking Sheet based on Marzano’s Learning Scales

- 1 summative assessment

- 1 Writing Craftivity

- 5 Classroom Genre Posters

We broke down the learning goal of “Identifying ficition genres by analyzing the setting, events and characters” into digestible lessons. This unit will easily last 3 weeks if not more, but when the students are finished, they will be able to identify genres throughout their lives. The 8 Scaffolded Learning Targets are:

- Lesson One - Name three story elements that help to identify genre

- Lesson Two - State important characteristics of a fiction story

- Lesson Three – Summarize the specific traits of Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery

- Lesson Four – Use the setting of a story to identify or eliminate a possible genre

- Lesson Five – Use the events of a story to identify or eliminate a possible genre

- Lesson Six – Use the characters of a story to identify or eliminate a possible genre

- Lesson Seven – Identify fiction genres (realistic fiction, science ficition, historical fiction, mystery, fantasy) by analyzing the setting, events, and characters.

- Lesson Eight – Prewrite and write a fiction story using the typical setting, events, and characters of the specific genre.

Formative Assessments to Check for Understanding:

- Lesson One - Ticket out the door text message

- Lesson Two - Ticket our the door tweet message

- Lesson Three - Note-taking and hashtag summary of each genre’s traits

- Lesson Four - Snapchat-like settings on photos to identify a specific genre story

- Lesson Five - Tweet message that describes an event that relates to a specific genre story

- Lesson Six - Online Shopping Cart that relates to a specific genre character.

- Lesson Seven - 4 Practice sheets for students to analyze a genre by the setting, events, and characters

- Lesson Eight - Facebook type profile sheet for prewriting a fiction story and an emoji craftivity to publish the writing.

Detailed Lesson Plans for Teachers Include:

- CCSS Standard

- Overview of Lesson

- Learning goal and target

- Critical Input / Teacher Focus

- Enduring Understanding

- Essential Question

- Materials Needed

- Formative Assessment

- Summative Assessment

- Accompanying PowerPoints

- Detailed lessons with each target that include:

- Motivational Hook

- Guided Practice

- Independent Practice / Formative Assessment

Ways to Use this Unit

- Whole group reading time

- Small group explicit teaching time

- Intervention groups

- Long-term Sub Plans

- Tasks can be used during reading block flex-time to keep students engaged.


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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.


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