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Old 08-03-2011, 05:55 AM
 
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Do any of you have something you do with the kids in the beginning of the year to see their knowledge of genres? I'm reading the Book Whisperer now and have set my genre requirements but I want to make sure the kids know what they are to start off with. Anyone have something beside the activity she does?


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I just ordered this book from Amazon and plan to read it aloud the first week or so. I haven't read it, but from what I understand, each chapter is a different genre. Sounded like a perfect way to review the genres!
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I heard about this book too....from what I understand, it is not only a good book to teach genre but a good book in general!!!
I don't have anything specific to teach genre but will be interested to see what others have to say since I am thinking the same thing...
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What genres did you select?
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I haven't read The Book Whisperer yet, but I let the kids help me set up my classroom library at the beginning of the year. We review the different genres, sort several (~15-20) books together, then I give each group 10-15 books to sort by genre. It leads to some good discussions!


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Is Nightmare at the Bookfair the title? Also, who's the author?
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I know this book was mentioned in another post. it sounded like such a great idea. But when I read the amazon reviews, it doesn't seem like the story is all that great for a read aloud. In fact many said it was not all that well written...I'll be anxious to hear from you who read it
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Here's an idea...
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I looked that book up on Amazon, but when I saw it had 169 pages (or maybe even more, I just know I saw 169), my enthusiasm went down.

I already have a read aloud.

Still, stealing from this book, wouldn't it be fun to take a common story (Little Red Riding Hood? Goldilocks and the Three Bears? The The Little Pigs?) and have them try turning it into a story of a different genre?

They could do it in small groups to help with ideas.

I think they would love it! I'm loving it! (Thanks for raising the question!) I'm trying it!
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Love that idea! I would model one first and then definitely try it with small groups for support.
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:01 AM
 
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from PT, I think. They are saved on my computer as: Reading Genres.pdf. The file looks like something that would be really helpful to you (along with reading selections from various books). There are 11 posters in the set.

It was downloaded June 2, 2011 if that could help you find it.



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http://hill.troy.k12.mi.us/staff/bnewingham/myweb3/
This is Beth Newhingham's site that has the Reading Genre posters. She has SO many great ideas and printables. I posted these and went over them in the beginning of the year.
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Finished reading Nightmare at the Bookfair
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and I loved it!!! I like how each chapter is a different genre and know my students are going to absolutely love the book. There was one chapter where I was actually laughing out loud and my husband thought I'd lost it! I will definitely read this aloud at the beginning of the year, and use genre posters to review genres. All that said, if you don't know Dan Gutman's writing, he is a little edgy at times. Make sure you read the book yourself before you read it to your kids (as with any book). There are a few parts that I plan to either omit or change the wording ( I think it was all in chapter 10), but not enough for me to not let my students enjoy this book!
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