Hi there! I am so excited – and honored – to be given the opportunity to write a guest post on Ms. Fultz’s Corner! (Isn’t Christi’s blog just great?! I just love seeing one of her posts pop up in my BlogLovin daily email. I know I’m in for a bright and entertaining read on whatever it is she has chosen to blog about that day!)
Have you seen Christi’s set of Genre Posters? I love ‘em! Just like Christi’s blog, they are bright and entertaining. 🙂 As we embark upon the beginning of a new school year, I’m opting to write today about teaching Genre.
Actually, Genres is one of my favorite topics to teach – perhaps because I love to read so much! However, I have found that many students struggle to differentiate between the various words. It seems to be especially challenging for our ELLs out there because of the academic vocabulary associated with most genres.
Personally, I like to tackle the topic of Genre early in the school year. I also think it important to have a set of posters hanging in classroom library. That’s where Christi’s comprehensive set comes in – I will definitely be using them this year!
After lots of guided practice (we classify tons of books after skimming them under the doc cam!), I like to provide some independent opportunities. My favorite activity is my Genre Book Display craftivity.
For this activity, students are given a series of book titles and back cover blurbs. They read both to determine the genre of each book. (The advanced version focuses on 12 genres, and the 2nd/3rd grade version focuses on 10 genres.) From there they decorate each book cover and place titles into a “book display”, categorizing each mini book by its genre.
I intend to incorporate these mini books into interactive reading notebooks I will be using this year as well!
You can enter to win your choice of one of my genre display book craftivities and set of Christi’s genre posters too.
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Finally, I invite you to head over to my blog – Crafting Connections! Actually, Christi designed it for me just over a month ago. (Didn’t she do a GREAT job?!?) My blog posts will often focus on my efforts to engage upper elementary students with crafty activities (ie craftivities) as we make our way through the ELA common core standards. Head over soon, and you can get a FREE craftivity! Hope to see you soon!