Lesson title: What am I? Genre Time: 60 min. / Days: 1
Content Area: Language Arts Grade: Third
3.3(C) ask and answer relevant questions and make contributions in small or large group discussions (K-3);
3.4(A) use vocabulary to describe clearly ideas, feelings, and experiences (K-3);
3.4(B) clarify and support spoken messages using appropriate props, including objects, pictures, and charts (K-3);
3.11(C) recognize the distinguishing features of familiar genres, including stories, poems, and informational texts (1-3)
3.11(F) understand literary forms by recognizing and distinguishing among such types of text as stories, poems, myths, fables, tall tales, limericks, plays, biographies, and autobiographies (3-7);
Identifying Similarities and Differences
Summarizing and Note Taking
Questions, Cues and Organizers
Interactive Teaching and Learning
Goal Setting and Providing Feedback
Pencils Paper Signs for each table numbering them (1-7)
Several books in 7 genre (mystery, tall tales, biographies, historical fiction, fairy tales, science fiction, information). More or less genre can be used.
1) Books are placed on 7 tables with one genre. Tall tales are all on one table, biographies are all on another table, etc.
2) Teacher will group students in pairs. Each pair is assigned a table. Some tables will have four students (2 sets of pairs). In the pair, one student is the "recorder" and one is the "reporter". The "recorder" writes any notes and the "reporter" shares the pairs findings later with the class.
3) Given a paper and pencil, the recorder will divide the paper into 7 boxes and number them (1-7).
4) Each pair will examine the books on the table and come up with words or short phrases that describe the books. Students are encouraged to not only look at the book jacket, but the inside as well.
5) After 5 minutes, the pairs will rotate to a different table and repeat step #4.
6) After all pairs have visited all seven tables, class sharing time will begin. During class sharing time, the reporter from each pair will share the recorders notes for each table. After all reporters have shared their findings on a table the class will discuss what would be a good name to group these books under. In most cases the students will come up with the correct genre.
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