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Reading and Analyzing Multigenre Texts
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Four 50-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Copies of Black and White by David Macaulay (Houghton Mifflin, 1990)
- Additional multigenre texts for students to explore (see booklist for suggestions)
- Quotation from Macaulay's Caldecott Award Acceptance Speech
- Basic Definition of Multigenre Texts
- Possible Genres (optional)
- Multigenre Text Analysis Chart (optional instead of interactive chart)
- Students should have had exposure to a variety of genres before beginning this lesson. Whether through reading or writing, students should have had enough experience to identify and sort texts based on their genre.
- Gather enough copies of Black and White by David Macaulay (Houghton Mifflin, 1990) that every group will have a copy to read. Gather copies of additional multigenre texts to supplement the lesson. Each group will need at least one additional multigenre text.
- Make copies of the Multigenre Text Analysis Chart for the books that students will analyze.
- If desired, make a transparency of the quotation from Macaulay's Caldecott Award Acceptance Speech and a transparency of the basic definition of multigenre texts.
- Test the Interactive Multigenre Text Analysis Chart and Interactive Venn Diagram on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.
- Familiarize yourself with the ReadWriteThink lesson plan Postmodern Picture Books in the Middle School and the related article that it is based on (see the link in the lesson plan).