Introducing genre

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  1. Teachling

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    This year I am teaching ELA and its been a few years since I've taught it. I am looking for an engage activity as well as introducing genre. What are some interesting ways you've done this in the past?
     
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    Why not toss a bunch of books out on the carpet, ask kids to categorize on their own and come up with rationale for the different categories? I love love when kids can discover and construct understanding like this!
     
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    Love this idea!
     
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    Yes I thought of this but I was looking for other ideas as well.
     
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    I had a scavenger hunt for books. You can create clues any way you want, whether give info about the genre and have them find the books, or the opposite. They had to fill out a form and identify the title, genre, and where in the room they found the books.
     
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    Thank you Cza and after thinking it through I will have them go through books and explain where they think they may go. So may be I can give them a list of the genres along with how they are define and they have to try to find at least X amount of genres within a timeframe just to make it more interesting. Just a work in progress idea.....
     
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    Yes yes that's what I was trying to come up with but didn't have a define idea. Thank you Upsadaisy!
     
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    You are welcome. I did it during the first week of school.
     
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    I introduce Beth Newingham's genre posters (Google to find them). Then, after every 5-8 read alouds (and we all do TONS the first weeks of school), I find the covers online and print them off. We sort the books into genres together and I post the small pictures of the covers next to the genre posters.

    By the time I ask students to record the genres as part of their personal reading list, they've had a ton of experience doing it and they have a bunch of references (this book is like that book) too.
     
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    Teacherpippi, thank you for reminding me of Beth N. I love the idea of doing many read alouds the first week but we probably won't be able to due to our tight schedule.
     

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