Throughout the Common Core Standards, there is an increased emphasis on students reading across all genres and to expand their reading beyond traditional picks such as chapter books and textbooks. In an effort to track students’ reading in regards to genre, I see a trek across the world as a fun way to work towards meeting reading goals. After all, don’t kids discover much more of the world through reading than they do in any other way?
In the activity that follows, genres have been broken into ten categories. They include magazine & newspaper articles, graphic novels & comic books, and more traditional genres. For each of these categories, there are tracking sheets students can use to record what they’ve read and rate each text. These ten categories connect to the map and grid so that when students meet their goal for each category, they can receive a piece of the map. Once they’ve completed all of the genres, they have discovered the world!
The organization of the charts allows teachers to set goals for students based on what’s appropriate for their classroom and for each student. The goal line can be highlighted or shaded with colored pencil to mark when students reach their goal in each genre. Goals can be standard or differentiated.
I hope this activity encourages you and your students to explore many genres and have some great book discussions along your journey. Safe travels!