This year, I have especially noticed that my students struggle identifying genre related to literature. They can identify fiction or nonfiction, but they have been unable to identify specific genres within each. I decided to develop an interactive way for them to begin to explore different types of genre.
I decided to begin with five main genre types: realistic fiction, science fiction, mystery, fantasy, and historical fiction. In addition to the board I created, I also found a descriptive chart that students can read through to find the genre type. I made sure that I put picture examples of genre under each heading so that students could have a visual image that would help them decide what genre a book fits into.
Whenever a student finishes a book that they rate a 9 or 10, they can fill out the pieces of paper that you see on the board for extra credit (5 points). This serves as an advertisement for other students and a way for them to figure out genre. The information that they place on the paper are: title, author, reviewer (their name), rating, and location (where someone else can find the book).
I have found that students enjoy sharing their favorite books in this way. They also use the pictures to help them figure out the genre.
I plan on adding other genres over the course of the year.
I have been incredibly pleased with these results. My students are really starting to use these tools to help place books into different genres.