Genre /ZHn r/ a class or category of

Genre /ZHn r/ a class or category of

Genre /ZHn r/ a class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form, content, technique, or the like: the genre of epic poetry; the genre of historical fiction As proficient readers with a lifetime of experience, we have built a large body of knowledge about text genres, and we use this knowledge every time we read, most of the time unconsciously. We enter texts with expectations that have everything to do with our enjoyment and appreciation (or dislike) of that genre and the associations we make to other texts of that genre. As experienced processors of written texts, we automatically adjust our reading (or listening) to suit the genre. Genres have developed over centuries, and writers have consistently found ways to structure texts to suit their own purposes. A specific genre is a tool writers use to communicate with their audience and accomplish their purpose. Genre and purpose are interrelated in a complex way, and the audience must be considered in the process. Due to the ambiguous nature of the defining of genres, it is important to note that there are a number of ways they might be defined and organized. For example, biography and autobiography are often classified as nonfiction, but the TEKS organize the genres into the broad categories of Literary and Informational Texts, rather than fiction and nonfiction. Because much biographical literature at the is organized in a narrative structure, the TEKS address biography, autobiography, memoir, and speeches within the overarching category of literary text. Literary Nonfiction is a special category of text nonfiction text that is written in a narrative structure. Other differences will be noticed from one instructional resource to another. One such example is the organization of literature into the broad categories of fiction and nonfiction in Genre Study: Reaching with Fiction and Nonfiction Books by Fountas and Pinnell. There are hallmarks and signs that one piece of text is fantasy, another is fiction, while yet another is persuasive/ informational. Learning to identify these different hallmarks and signs takes years of practice with support from teachers. Understanding both the obvious and subtle differences between genres helps the reader know how to apply the most appropriate strategies for any given text. To support vertical alignment and consistency, the following pages provide Genre Charts for each grade level. They are organized according to the Reading TEKS. Feel free to add other well-known genres (science fiction, mystery, etc.) as you and your students share these genres in your class. [Have them help you determine where they best fit on the chart.] We encourage you to display the appropriate poster(s) in your classroom, challenging students to use each genre term correctly, as well as to use the poster(s) to do their part in maintaining an organized classroom library.

Genre Chart for 6th Grade Literar y Fiction Traditional & Classical Realistic Fantasy Historical Literary Nonfiction Poetry Drama Play Film Informational Information al Expository Examples: reference books, textbooks, reports, magazine articles, graphic media, informational blogs/ websites Procedural Examples: Biography Autobiograph y Memoir/ Personal Narrative recipes, instruction manuals, science experiments, live chat/ plain text tech support, online courses Persuasive Examples: editorial and news articles, essays, speeches,

testimonials, some blogs, advertisements Genre Chart for 7th Grade Literar y Fiction Traditional Realistic Myths/ Epic Tales Historical Literary Nonfiction Poetry Drama Informational Information al Expository Examples: reference books, reports, magazine articles, informational blogs/ websites Procedural Examples: Autobiogr aphy Diary Fictional Adaptation (of autobiography/ diary) recipes, instruction manuals, science experiments, live chat/ plain text tech support, online courses Persuasive Examples: speeches, editorial and news articles, essays, some blogs, advertisements

Genre Chart for 8th Grade Literar y Fiction Traditional Realistic Mythology Historical Literary Nonficti on Poetry Drama Informational Information al Expository Examples: reference books, reports, magazine articles, informational blogs/ websites Procedural Examples: Speeches Epic Poetry Lyric Poetry recipes, instruction manuals, science experiments, live chat/ plain text tech support, online courses Persuasive Examples: editorial and news articles, essays, speeches, some blogs, advertisements

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