genre identification PPT stack of 10-12 example titles
1) Hand out bookmark organizer. Remind students how iBistro works (most kids, by 5th grade, should be at least somewhat familiar with it). Point out that the right keyword searches will help students find books of a similar genre. If they liked one particular book, they may like another with similar characteristics. Review call numbers and finding books on the shelf (again, by 5th grade, most should be at least somewhat familiar with this concept). 2) Remind students that their first of two assignments today will be to take notes on possible keywords that would return books of a particular genre. If they pay attention to genre keywords (AND TAKE NOTES) they will then be able to go to the computer and find books from their favorite genres. 3) Open powerpoint and begin discussion. Emphasize particular keywords from genre descriptions that would make good search terms. Remind students they should be writing down those keywords. 4) Booktalk a few of the titles from the slide pictures. It is NOT necessary to discuss all of them. At this point it would be a good time to remind the kids that there is space on the back of their bookmark organizers to jot down one or two titles that sound interesting. 5) Continue through powerpoint as time permits. About 7-10 minutes before time runs out finish discussion and move to the "pop quiz" portion of the lesson. Pick up a title from the stack of examples. The teacher may want to point out particular aspects of the cover (for example, an animal dressed in clothing would signify the fantasy genre) or read a bit from the back jacket. Ask students what to which genre they think the book might belong. In some cases more than one answer might be correct, as long as the student can back up their decision with one or more facets of a particular genre.