First Up: Help Students Develop & Use Genre Knowledge for Strategic Reading
Students need to be immersed in various genres throughout the year. Start each genre study with a book flood in your classroom. A book flood is simply a collection of books in the genre that students listen to, read, and analyze. Letting students uncover the genre characteristics and elements on their own is key! They will have to use their inferencing skills to discover how the genre works by noticing similarities and differences across texts. #whoisdoingthework
Levels of Teaching Genre
In the book Genre Study, by Fountas & Pinnell recommend setting up an inquiry for each genre study.
Collect mentor texts and independent level texts for the book flood.
Give students opportunities to explore examples of the genre they are studying.
Analyze characteristics, elements, and structures of the genre. What do you notice the genre always has? What does it sometime, or often, have?
Create an anchor chart for the genre that lists "always" and "often."
Create a class definition of the genre using the list of "always" and "often."
Teach the genre features in your mini lessons. Use your grade level standards to determine learning outcomes related to the genre.
6. Read and Revise
Expand students' understanding by continuing to read and explore the genre.
For more in depth information about teaching genre, attend one of our October workshops on Empowering Readers! For more information, click here!