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Genre Study: A Collaborative Approach

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Genre Study: A Collaborative Approach

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Introduction: 45 minutes; thereafter: 45 minutes per session
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Lesson Plans

Calendar Activities

Professional Library

 

LESSON PLANS

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Investigating Genre: The Case of the Classic Detective Story

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.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 28

Author Lois Duncan was born on this date in 1934.

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

Brian Jacques, author of the Redwall series, was born in 1939.

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

Ursula K. LeGuin was born on this day in 1929.

Students examine realistic and non-realistic elements of a familiar fantasy story of their choice.

 

Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 27

Today is the birthday of Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland.

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

Nancy Farmer, three-time Newbery honoree, was born in 1941.

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.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Grades   K – 5  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

"Genre Studies"

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.

 

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