Learning about genre

In this classroom clip, Albuquerque teacher Clara Gonzales-Espinoza discusses the hands-on way she tackles teaching the concept of genre with her students and how that plays a part in her lesson planning.

Teacher: Clara Gonzales-Espinoza
Grade: 5
School Name: Emerson Elementary School, Albuquerque, NM

Learning about genre

Clara discusses her lessons on learning about genre with her students.

Standards

Reading Standards for Literature (K-5)

  • Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text and summarize the text. (RL 4.2)
  • Read and comprehend grade-level literature with scaffolding as needed (RL 4.10)
  • Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text. (RL 5.2)
  • Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics. (RL 5.9)
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grade 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently. (RL 5.10)

Discussion Questions

  • What differences do you see in the standards from one grade to the next?
  • How would you modify this Grade 4 lesson if you wanted to use it with Grade 5 students?

Lesson Summary

In this classroom clip, Albuquerque teacher Clara Gonzales-Espinoza discusses the hands-on way she tackles teaching the concept of genre with her students and how that plays a part in her lesson planning.

Things to watch for:

  • Graphic organizers and charts to support student learning
  • Hands-on opportunities to interact with a variety of books
  • Building upon students' prior knowledge

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