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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 – 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 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.