Students grade 6-12 can use this lesson to create a booklet of examples from a variety of genres and subgenres. Over the course of the unit, students read stories (of your choosing) from different genres/subgenres, identify and define the literary techniques that are used, and complete a graphic organizer highlighting the most common techniques. At the end of the units, students put their pages together, create a table of contents and a front/back cover to make a genre reference booklet.
Suggestions for a timeline are included. This unit, which can be used to introduce or review these concepts, can last anywhere from 5 days to 5 weeks depending on the needs of your students.
Genres: Fiction, folklore, drama, poetry, nonfiction
Subgenres (suggested): fantasy, historical fiction, realistic fiction, science fiction, fable, fairy tale, legend, myth, tall tale, various forms of poetry, comedy, tragedy, informational writing, persuasive writing, autobiography, biography
Elements of Genre and Subgenre Column Chart (with KEY of suggested terms and subgenres)
Elements of Genre and Subgenre Analysis Sheet (to use with reading selections in all genres/subgenres)
Plot Chart for Fiction
Character Web for Folklore
Storyboard for Drama
TP-CASTT for Poetry
Introduction, Body, Conclusion Structure for Nonfiction (informational)
Classical Structure for Nonfiction (persuasion)
Genre reference booklet rubric
Genre Unit Teacher Notes
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