Thanks for browsing through my products! I typically use the majority of this product at the beginning of our Genre Unit. Below is a description of the three activities included in this purchase.
I start our genre unit off by discussing what the word means and seeing what my students already know. From there we take notes using the key characteristics pages (I shrink to 85% to fit) and glue them into our reader’s notebook (just a warning: I stretch this over two days and the kids are almost bored to tears taking the notes-BUT they know fun activities are on their way and students refer to these pages throughout the year).
*There’s a blank note template for students, as well as a filled in note page that you can use as a guide. Mine changes every year based on the discussions I’m having with my students. **Some of these notes are from Donalyn Miller’s Book: The Book Whisperer
Genre Practice Pages:
There are many different uses for the birthday-themed paragraphs attached to this document. After taking notes on each genre, I usually shrink these pages (to 85%), and glue them into the reader’s notebook. We discuss each paragraph, highlight different genre characteristics, and then make a decision as to which genre BEST fits that paragraph. I like to keep these pages in the notebook so students can refer back to the examples of different genres throughout the year.
*Other ways to use these printables: -Quiz –Rotation/center work –reteaching or during reading groups (teacher led) –classwork
Throughout the genre unit students are given the opportunity to collaboratively work with task cards, sorts, and other games to familiarize themselves with all types of literature. They are also given time to work independently to gain a better understanding of each genre. We discuss genres throughout the entire year, but the closing of our “Genre Unit” ends with the quiz. The quiz is made up of matching definitions to the correct genre, as well as applying what they know to real life scenarios. The quiz is relatively easy, but I want students to feel like they’ve succeeded, because it is a concept we spend the entire year working with.
Let me know if you have any questions :)
*Check out my other Genre Resources:
Genre Sort: Read a Paragraph, Pick a GenreDifferentiated Genre Task Cards Common Core AlignedContext Clues GROWING BUNDLE: Task Cards, Game, and Sorting Activity