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Genre Connections

Lessons to Launch Literary and Nonfiction Texts

Genre can be difficult to master for young readers. Tanny’s lessons—from introductory object lessons to immersive learning and more—help students understand the characteristics of commonly taught genres through sensory experiences.

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“These lessons work. And not just for kids who read well. They also work for kids who struggle in reading, who don’t respond to abstract concepts.”
—Tanny McGregor

Inside, every kid wants to love reading—sometimes they need our help to see it.

That’s where Tanny McGregor’s memorable, sensory-driven lessons come in.

“The chapters in this book,” she writes, “are a collection of ideas about how to launch genres, how to introduce your students to the personalities of each, and how to build a curiosity and appreciation for what each genre has to offer. Use the seed ideas suggested in this volume with a genre of your choice and see how it grows!”

Genre Connections makes learning achievable, accessible, and incremental for all readers—including struggling readers. Tanny’s lessons use everyday objects, works of art, music, and her much-loved anchor charts to help readers get acquainted with seven commonly taught genres and to discover what makes them unique.

Her launching sequences gradually release responsibility for learning about text types, and they can be adapted for any genre. They help readers weave creative, sensory threads into a tapestry of understanding by taking them from a fun introductory object lesson to an immersive experience.

Looking for the perfect partner for Tanny’s Comprehension Connections? Or for a new way to bring the inner reader out in any student? Let the ideas in Genre Connections inspire you to help your students get to know genres quickly, confidently, and effectively.

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Prologue My First Book

  1. A Very Good Place to Start
  2. Poetry: A Match Made in Heaven
  3. Adventure and Fantasy: Beyond Realistic Fiction
  4. Historical Fiction: The Best of Both Worlds
  5. Drama: A Tough Act to Follow
  6. Image Reading: Stop, Look, and Learn
  7. Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir: Such Is Life
  8. Informational Text: The Need to Know

Epilogue Only One Bean


Companion Resources

Listen to Tanny's appearance on Education Talk Radio, where she talks about Genre Connections and Comprehension Connections.

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