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Old 07-11-2017, 07:15 AM
 
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Hope everyone is having a good summer!

Does anyone know of a website that gives the genre for books? Or a good way of finding the genre? I am reorganizing my classroom library and focusing on genres. I have many books that I can't figure genre out. How do you determine genre?

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I do the 40 book challenge in my classroom, so I've always used Donalyn Miller's genres from Reading in the Wild that you can see here: https://www.slideshare.net/Donalynm/...irements-graph

-Realistic Fiction
-Historical Fiction
-Science Fiction
-Fantasy
-Traditional Literature
-Biography
-Autobiography
-Informational Nonfiction
-Poetry
-Graphic Novels

I absolutely love teaching genre, and it's how we always start the year in reading. It's a perfect way to introduce the library, book talk some great examples for each genre, and do some book raffles to get the students reading. I also have the kids write about genre in their reader's notebooks - what they usually read, what they love, and what they don't read as much. They then create genre goals for themselves. Last year as a final assessment I had the kids use Scholastic book orders to sort books by genre. They then worked in partners to create posters for each genre that hung in our classroom library all year. I also want to do a big book tasting this coming year where they check out books from each genre and add them to their "To Be Read" list.

One thing I really stress with them is that there are a LOT of ways to separate genres, and there are tons of sub genres even within those categories. It's a really great discussion with my 5th graders every year.
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I do the 40 Book challenge, too!! When I categorized my library into genres, I was having the same issue you were having. I teach my students that some books (many actually!) are multiple genres. For the library, I just chose one that I thought was the main genre. I did look up a bunch on Amazon and often times the genre is listed if you keep scrolling after the summary.
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http://www.rockyourwriting.com/2013/...r-books-genre/

http://www.right-writing.com/genres.html

The following books are listed by themes.... http://www.readingrockets.org/books/booksbytheme
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