Planning genre use
The Michigan English Language Arts Grade Level Content Expectations categorize genre according
to narrative or informational text. Then within each category there are
specific types of each kind of text to be studied at each grade level.
Here are some things for you to think about as you plan reading and writing
lessons involving genre:
- How can you balance use of all
genres instead of focusing solely on one type (traditionally, narrative
text) all year?
- When, besides reading and writing
time, can you teach about different genres of text? How can you accomplish
this during those times?
- How can you utilize the school
librarian and library time to help with the teaching of genre?
- What genres of books are found
in your classroom library? How does this
influence your students’ independent reading of a variety of genres?
- How could you use a genre study
to integrate both reading and writing?
- What texts are you reading aloud
to your students? Are you reading a variety of genres?
Key words: reading, writing, literacy, genre