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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Genre Study: A Collaborative Approach
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Recurring Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Introduction: 45 minutes; thereafter: 45 minutes per session|
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
After critiquing a list of conventions for the genre, students read, view, or listen to a classic
mystery, and then produce a mystery of their own, reflecting on the purposeful ways in which
they adhered to or altered the genre conventions.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  April 28
Mysteries are shared with students for them to solve and brainstorm the attributes of a good mystery. Small groups then compose short mysteries using the Mystery Cube.
Grades 5 – 10 | Calendar Activity |  June 15
After students have read one of Brian Jacques' Redwall stories, a class newspaper is created based on the story.
Grades 5 – 10 | Calendar Activity |  October 21
Students examine realistic and non-realistic elements of a familiar fantasy story of their choice.
Grades 3 – 6 | Calendar Activity |  January 27
After reading one of Carroll's chapters, students plan an unbirthday party and do activities and preparation for the event.
Grades 3 – 8 | Calendar Activity |  July 9
Students write original short stories in the science fiction genre based on some of Farmer's works and society's most hotly-debated issues, such as cloning, toxic waste, and brain implants.
Grades K – 5 | Professional Library | Journal
In this issue you will read about elementary children who are introduced to genre primarily through their teachers reading aloud. The children are invited to become inquirers who continue to explore books as they meet in small groups to write and read on their own—from fantasy to African folktales to poetry.