This guide to read alouds and genre study includes the information and resources you need to incorporate authentic reading into your reading curriculum.
A guide to choosing books and planning effective read alouds.
—Overview: Read Alouds
—Components of a Read Aloud (a list of teacher and student behaviors, can be used as a “menu” when planning read alouds)
—Instructional Significance of Read Alouds
—Overview of Genre Study
—Preparing for Genre Study
Read Aloud & Genre Study Resources:
Use these resources to implement read alouds and genre study in your classroom.
—Cheat Sheet: Preparing & Conducting Read Alouds
—Teacher Form: Genres & Forms
—Genre Study Planning Sheet, EDITABLE
—Fiction Questioning Guide (contains questions for each fiction subgenre). Use with ANY fiction text.
—Nonfiction Questioning Guide (contains questions for each nonfiction subgenre). Use with ANY nonfiction text.
16 Prepared Read Alouds:
Each read aloud features a book of a different genre. The read alouds include various instructional goals, connections to larger units of study, text introduction points, think alouds/modeling points, discussion points (during and after the reading), and extension/mini-lesson suggestions. Just highlight the portions that best fit your instructional needs!
The 16 read alouds are over these genres and books:
—Biography: “Noah Webster and His Words” by Jeri Chase Ferris
—Autobiography: “I Am Rosa Parks” by Rosa Parks with Jim Haskins
—Memoir: “The Keeping Quilt” by Patricia Polacco
—Narrative Nonfiction: “Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11” by Brian Floca
—Expository Text: “What to Expect When You’re Expecting Hatchlings” by Bridget Heos
—Persuasive Text: “Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam and the Science of Ocean Motion” by Loren Griffen Burns
—Persuasive Text: “Common Ground: The Water, Earth, and Air We Share” by Molly Bang
—Procedural Text: “How to Talk to Your Dog” by Jean Craighead George
—Realistic Fiction: “Waiting for the Owl’s Call” by Gloria Whelan
—Historical Fiction: “Ma Dear’s Aprons” by Patricia C. McKissack
—Traditional Literature—Myth: “Atalanta’s Race” retold by Shirley Climo
—Traditional Literature—Legend: “Merlin and the Making of a King” retold by Margaret Hodges
—Traditional Literature—Folktale: “A Spoon for Every Bite” retold by Joe Hayes
—Fairy Tale: “Rapunzel” by Paul O. Zelinsky
—Modern Fantasy: “Weslandia” by Paul Fleischman
—Science Fiction: “June 29, 1999” by David Wiesner
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Now that you know HOW to implement year-long genre study, you may interested in these genre units:
I am creating a series of genre units that include read alouds, mini-lessons and lesson extensions (guided practice). The lessons cover the common core and increase in complexity with each genre. Together they will form an in-depth, cohesive reading curriculum—perfect for the reading workshop classroom! The first one is available now:
Realistic Fiction Unit Bundle: Grades 3-4
Realistic Fiction Unit Bundle: Grades 5-6