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Genre Study

Teaching with Fiction and Nonfiction Books

By Irene Fountas, Gay Su Pinnell

Genre Study: Teaching with Fiction and Nonfiction Books is the foundational text of the Genre Study Suite. In exploring Genre Study, Fountas & Pinnell advocate teaching and learning in which students are actively engaged in developing genre understandings and applying their thinking to any genre. It is through using genre understandings that your students think, talk, and read texts with deeper understanding, and write effectively. Genre Study is a professional resource that teachers can use with students to embark on an exciting exploration into the study of genre.

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Genre Study: Teaching with Fiction and Nonfiction Books is the foundational text of the Genre Study Suite. In exploring Genre Study, Fountas & Pinnell advocate teaching and learning in which students are actively engaged in developing genre understandings and applying their thinking to any genre. It is through using genre understandings that your students think, talk, and read texts with deeper understanding, and write effectively. Genre Study is a professional resource that teachers can use with students to embark on an exciting exploration into the study of genre.

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The Genre Study Suite Bundle is a comprehensive suite of resources that focuses on genre study through inquiry-based learning with an emphasis on reading comprehension and the craft of writing. An inquiry approach engages students in exploring texts so that they can notice and name the characteristics of each genre and construct a working definition that guides their thinking of reading and writing. This suite provides the tools needed to help you and your students lay the groundwork for a lifetime of literacy exploration. The bundle includes:

  • Genre Study: Teaching with Fiction and Nonfiction Books
  • Genre Study Quick Guide a companion to Genre Study: Teaching with Fiction and Nonfiction Books This spiral-bound companion to Genre Study: Teaching with Fiction and Nonfiction Books is designed to help you actively engage students in the exploration of texts so that they can notice and name genre characteristics, and construct working definitions that guide their thinking as readers and writers. This handy reference guide contains a master genre chart outlining the definition, key characteristics, and a list of mentor texts by genre.
  • Genre Prompting Guide for Fiction and Genre Prompting Guide for Nonfiction, Poetry, and Test Taking are comprehensive tools that you can use to explore genres with your students during interactive read-aloud, Reader’s workshop, Writer’s workshop, guided reading lessons, shared reading, and intervention lessons. The prompts in these ready reference flip charts are designed to help teachers guide students’ inquiry toward explicit understandings of the characteristics of genres.

In the Genre Prompting Guides, Fountas & Pinnell have organized prompts by genre, and also literary elements and structure.

Fiction Genres
Realistic Fiction
Historical Fiction
Traditional Literature (including folktales, fairy tales, fables, epics, legends, ballads, and myths)
Modern Fantasy (including simple animal fantasy, low fantasy, high fantasy, and science fiction)

Nonfiction Genres
Narrative Nonfiction
Biography
Autobiography
Memoir
Expository Nonfiction
Procedural Texts
Persuasive tests

Forms of Poetry
Lyrical poetry
Narrative poetry
Free Verse
Haiku
Limericks
Concrete poems

Test Taking
Multiple Choice Questions
Short Answer Questions
Extended Response Questions

Contents

Genre Study Table of Contents

Section One: An Inquiry Approach to Genre Study

Chapter 1: An Inquiry Approach to Genre Study: Learning from Mentor Texts

  • What is Genre?
  • Purpose, Genre, and Audience
  • The Role of Genre in Understanding Reading and Writing
  • A Workshop Approach to Genre Study
  • An Inquiry Approach to Learning About Genre
  • Understanding Mentor Texts
  • Goals and Purposes of This Book
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 2: What is Genre Study?

  • Genre Study and Comprehension
  • The Genre Study Process in Action
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 3: What Students Need to Know About the Genres of Texts

  • Genres and Forms of Literature
  • Prose
  • Fiction Texts
  • Nonfiction Texts
  • Hybrid Texts
  • Text Structures
  • Forms of Prose and Poetry
  • Plays
  • Literacy and New Media
  • The Expanding World of Literature
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 4: A Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop Approach to Genre Study

  • Interactive Read-Aloud
  • Books in Relation to Readers
  • Assessment
  • Curriculum for Teaching and Learning
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 5: Learning to Process Fiction and Nonfiction Texts

  • Ways of Thinking About Texts
  • Systems of Strategic Actions for Comprehending Texts
  • Strategies as an Integrated System
  • Learning to Read by Reading Texts
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Section Two: Understanding Genres

Chapter 6: Understanding Fiction Texts

  • A Comparison of Fiction and Nonfiction Texts
  • Fiction Genres
  • Elements of Fiction
  • Classic Fiction
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 7: Realism in Fiction Texts: Contemporary Realistic and Historical Fiction

  • The Value of Realistic Fiction
  • Contemporary Realistic Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Types of Realistic Fiction
  • Realism: Learning About Ourselves and Others
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 8: Fantasy in Fiction Texts: Traditional Literature and Modern Fantasy

  • Motifs in Traditional Literature and Modern Fantasy
  • Traditional Literature
  • Modern Fantasy
  • Traditional Literature and Modern Fantasy in the Classroom
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 9: Understanding Biography

  • Full Biographies
  • Partial Biographies
  • Distinguishing Between Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir
  • Biography
  • Autobiography
  • Memoir
  • Elements of Biographies
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 10: Nonfiction Texts: Understanding Purpose, Organization, and Audience

  • Value of Nonfiction Texts
  • Narrative Nonfiction
  • Categories of Nonfiction Texts
  • Underlying Structural Patterns in Nonfiction Texts
  • The Importance of Text Structure
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 11: Nonfiction Texts: Analysis of Design

  • Design Features of Nonfiction Texts
  • Analysis of a Text
  • Special Groups of Nonfiction Texts
  • Demands of Nonfiction Texts on Readers
  • Evaluating Nonfiction Texts
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 12: Reading Across Genres: A Close Study of Hybrid Texts, Graphica, and Multigenre Text Sets

  • The Benefits of Reading and Thinking Across Genres
  • Hybrid Texts
  • Graphica
  • Using Multigenre Text Sets
  • Exploring New Genres and Forms
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 13: The Genres of Poetry

  • Poetry Workshop
  • Learning About Poetry from Poetry
  • The Elements of Poetry
  • Variety in Poetry
  • An Environment to Foster Poetry
  • Collecting Poems
  • Poetry Books to Look For
  • Finding Joy in the Teaching of Poetry
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Section Three: Expanding Reading Power Through Understanding Genres

Chapter 14: Thinking and Talking about Genre: Interactive Read-Aloud and Literature Discussion

  • Selecting Texts
  • Developing a Shared Language for Talking about Texts
  • Using Interactive Read-Aloud to Study Literary Genres
  • Using Book Clubs (Literature Discussion) to Study Literary Genres
  • Learning Over Time
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 15: Learning about Fiction Genres through Minilessons and Group Share

  • The Structure of Genre Study
  • The Structure of Readers’ Workshop
  • Genre Study in the Readers’ Workshop
  • Using Minilessons and Group Share to Support Genre Study
  • Mapping a Sequence of Minilessons
  • Using Inquiry and Readers’ Workshop to Study Historical Fiction
  • Using Inquiry and Readers’ Workshop to Study Traditional Literature
  • Moving From Fiction to Nonfiction
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 16: Learning about Nonfiction Texts through Minilessons and Share

  • Interactive Read-Aloud and Readers’ Workshop
  • Genre Study for Nonfiction Texts
  • Minilessons to Learn about Expository Nonfiction Texts
  • Learning About Narrative Nonfiction
  • Differentiating the Types of Nonfiction Texts
  • Using Minilessons and Group Share to Learn about Biography
  • Constructing the Curriculum
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 17: Developing Understandings about Genre through Reading Conferences and Independent Reading

  • Independent Reading
  • An Environment for Reading
  • Readers’ Workshop as a Setting for Individual Conferring
  • Intentional Teaching in the Reading Conference
  • The Role of Facilitative Talk in Helping Students Learn about Genre
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 18: Writing about Reading in a Reader’s Notebook

  • Use of the Reader’s Notebook
  • Parts and Tools of the Reader’s Notebook
  • Studying Genre through Writing about Reading
  • Functional Writing About Reading
  • Narrative Writing About Reading
  • Nonfiction Writing About Reading
  • Poetic Writing About Reading
  • Supporting Writing in Response to Reading
  • Teacher Reflection on Writing about Reading
  • Self As Reader and Writer
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 19: Using Guided Reading to Develop Understandings about Genre

  • A Gradient of Text
  • Begin with Assessment
  • Using the Structure of Guided Reading to Support Genre Study
  • Teaching for Strategic Actions
  • Connecting Guided Reading to Genre Study
  • Using Specific Language to Support Strategic Actions
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 20: The Reading/Writing Connection

  • A Seamless Approach to Reading and Writing Genres
  • The Writing Process
  • The Structure of Writers’ Workshop
  • Purpose and Genres of Writing
  • Narrative Genres
  • Non-Narrative Genres
  • Poetic Genres
  • Functional Genres
  • Writing and Its Connection to Reading
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

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