Lesson 3: Strategies for Identifying Genres
- Learning Goal
- Identify and describe strategies that can be used to determine the genre of a book.
- Approximately 50 minutes
- Necessary Materials
Provided: Example Chart for Direct Teaching, Guided and Independent Practice Worksheet
Not Provided: Chart paper, markers, books from classroom library
will explain how knowing the genre of a book before you start reading can help you comprehend the book as you read it. I will discuss and chart some strategies you can use to identify the genre of a book before you start reading. (Direct Teaching Example Chart is provided below in Teacher and Student Materials.) For example, looking at the cover of a book may give me a picture and title to think about. It will probably provide a clue as to whether the book is fiction or nonfiction. Model using a few of these strategies with books from the class library.
Ask: What strategies did I use to determine the genre of the book? Students should respond by explaining different strategies: you looked at the picture on the cover; you read the title; you read the summary on the inside, back, or cover; you flipped through the book and looked for any nonfiction characteristics (e.g. original photographs); you looked at the table of contents or index; and you read the first few pages. If the book came from the library, you looked at the label on the side of the book, and checked which section of the library the book came from.
will use these strategies to determine the genre of several books from the classroom library. We will chart the title, author, genre, and the strategy used to determine the genre. (Guided Practice and Independent Practice Worksheet is provided below.)
will use these strategies to determine the genre of at least 5 books (provided by the teacher or from the classroom library). You will record the title, author, genre, and strategy used to determine the genre of each book on the Independent Practice worksheet. (See Guided Practice and Independent Practice Worksheet below.)
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