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I’m very excited about today’s episode because it’s about one of my all-time favorite reading topics – genre! Some might be wondering, Hmm, that’s an odd topic to get excited about. But I truly believe that learning about genres helps students have a love of reading and become lifelong readers, which is our ultimate goal as a literacy teacher. So in today’s episode, I’m going to share 3 ways to introduce genre to your students at the beginning of the year.
Before jumping in to implementing activities, let’s get some background information. Genre is simply defined as a book or text category that is defined by a specific set of attributes or elements. It’s important that students first have an understanding of a genre’s attributes before they can start using it to their advantage in reading. As teachers, we tend to talk about understanding genre as a personal benefit, but there are actually more positives than that. During the episode, I share how genre benefits you personally, academically, and as a classroom community.
When it comes to actually teaching it, we tend to introduce genre briefly at the beginning of the year as more of an overview, but don’t go in depth and just focus on the 3-4 major genres. But how is that beneficial to our students who might love texts that are more than just fiction, non-fiction, and poetry?
In order to get your students exposed to a variety of genres in various ways, I came up with 3 ideas on how to introduce genre. Those ideas include a genre-based picture book scoot, genre gallery walk, and guess the genre. Each activity involves students exploring different genres, movement, and engagement with their peers and the various genres. Another bonus? Each activity can be modified to fit your group of students, time frame, and access to different genres.
I think a quote by James Patterson says it best. He said,
“There is no such thing as a kid who hates reading. There are kids who love reading and then there are kids who are reading the wrong books.”
The best solution to get students to love reading is to find what they like, which starts with genre. If you introduce genre and make it the cornerstone of your literacy block this school year, your students will not only understand all the texts they’re reading, but you’ll help facilitate a lifelong reader.
In this episode on 3 ways to introduce genre to your students, I share:
- Even more ways to introduce genre to your students, besides my three main ideas
- A simple explanation of genre and why it’s important
- Breakdown the personal, academic, and community benefits of teaching genre to your students
- Variations to implementing each genre activity
- How to make genre the cornerstone of your literacy block
- Stellar Teacher Genre Resources
- Check out the Stellar Teacher Reading Membership
- If you’re enjoying this podcast, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts!
Related episodes and blog posts:
- Episode 32, Help Students Discover Their Favorite Reading Genre
- Episode 31, Why We Should Intentionally Teach Reading Genres
- How to Help Students Find Their Favorite Reading Genre and Fall in Love With Reading
- How Teaching Genre Can Create Highly Engaged Readers
- 5 Simple Tips for Teaching Reading Genres in Upper Elementary
- 3 Games That Will Help Your Students Understand Genre
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