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Compares/contrasts the characteristics of the four major genres (short story, drama, novel and poetry) including their cultural influence. (GLE2.7.2, 2.7.1, 2.7.3)
Return to Reading Level 6
- Short story includes abbrev. plot, setting, characters (protagoist/antagonist), short of work of pose
- Novel includes plot, setting, characters (protagonist/antagonist), multiple story lines, portrays events outside the main story, may be hundred pages long
- Drama includes dialogue, acts/scenes, stage, directions, lines, plot
- Poetry inclues rhyme, stanzas, rhythm, lines
ABLE TO DO
- Identify type of literature: Name it, Prove it
Graphic Organizers for Compare/Contrast:
The Four Major Genres can be addressed during Building Background, Listening Comprhension, or Book Club.
PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES:
- Writing Genres
- Variation for direct instruction: Give each student a piece of literature and they research what type they think it is and why. They then are responsible for teaching the class the qualities of that type of literature.
- Bag of different books – have students pick one out and identify the type of literature and explain how they know that or have them hunt for clues
- Read different types of literature to them and have them tell you which type it is and then maybe a “hunt” for another piece like it
- Students will make a chart with a headline TYPE and write the characteristics of each genre
- “Books We’ve Read” chart listing books, recommendations (list genre)
- Place books on different tables around the room. Students have index cards on which they write the genre of the book and place their card into the box next to the book. Box is emptied, and students get to defend their decisions.
After reading the above:
- Make the chart listing the qualities or characteristics of each genre the class has read up to this time.
- Read different genres to the class. Identify the characteristics. Add to our chart. Hunt for another in that same genre (library).
- As the class reads books together and at home, they place a card with the book title in the appropriate column.
- The “Bag of Books” or the “Books on Table” could then be the final assessment for this standard.