When beginning the Daily 5 in my reading workshop, I always struggled with having students held accountable for reading to self and reading to someone. That’s when I thought genre based partner cards would be useful. You can implement these cards in a variety of ways for other purposes.
You can use the cards for your Daily 5 Read to Self or Read to Someone. After students read a good-fit genre based book, students may use the cards as discussion prompts either individually (Read to Self) or in partners (Read to Someone). You can print out the student graphic organizers and staple together as a whole or divide the provided pages up into smaller chunks to focus on different parts of the genre over the duration of your genre study.
You can use the cards and graphic organizers for your Daily 5 Write to Someone/Writer’s Workshop.
The cards and graphic organizers can also be implemented in a genre-based reading lesson or with a basal series realistic fiction story to enhance the lesson.
I have included a set of 16 genre based partner cards. You may wish to laminate them and store in a baggie or on a binder ring. You also get 16 graphic organizer sheets for students to finish. I designed the organizers so students can complete them independently or with partners while the teacher is working in guided reading groups.The student graphic organizers can be copied and then assembled into packs. Again, you can decide how much you want students to complete daily, weekly, or monthly. In my classroom, I have divided them up 4 sheets per week to make 4 individual weekly think packs for the course of a month.