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Literary Genres Workshop. Objectives: Determine purpose for reading; Analyze characteristics of different genres. Fiction. Made-up stories about characters and events

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literary genres workshop

Literary Genres Workshop


Determine purpose for reading;

Analyze characteristics of different genres


Made-up stories about characters and events

Weaves together plot (action), characters (persons/animals), setting (the where and when), and theme (the message – the BIG PICTURE).

let s read an excerpt from the cay a novel by theodore taylor
Let’s read an excerpt from The Cay, a novel by Theodore Taylor

After we read, we’ll discuss:

  • Plot
  • Character
  • Conflict
  • Setting
  • Theme
  • Point of view
poetry it s all around us let s talk about how often poetry is part of our lives
Poetry – It’s all around us! Let’s talk about how often poetry is part of our lives.
  • Lines
  • Stanzas
  • Rhythm
  • Rhyme
  • Theme

Poetry might make readers look at something ordinary in a new way.

let s read thumbprint by eve merriam
Let’s read “Thumbprint,” by Eve Merriam.
  • How can we tell that this is a poem?
  • How does the poet make us look more closely at an ordinary thing like a thumbprint?
  • What qualities or characteristics make us unique?

The story is meant to be performed. All the elements of fiction are developed through:

  • Dialogue
  • Scenes/acts
  • Stage directions
let s read the excerpt from a young lady of property by horton foote
Let’s read the excerpt from A Young Lady of Property, by Horton Foote.
  • How can you tell who is speaking?
  • How are stage directions helpful?
  • How do Mrs. Leighton and Wilma treat each other?
  • What is Wilma’s ambition?
  • Let’s guess what the big picture message might be.
nonfiction and informational text
Nonfiction and Informational Text
  • Through literary nonfiction (autobiographies and speeches, for instance) we learn about historic events, inspiring people, and ground breaking topics.
  • Informational text (instruction manuals, magazine articles, etc.) is an important source for learning about the world.
literary nonfiction
Literary nonfiction
  • Autobiography/

Biography – True story of a person’s life

  • Essay – Short piece of writing about a single, focused subject
  • Speech – Oral presentation of speaker’s beliefs or ideas
let s read the excerpt from bad boy by walter dean myers
Let’s read the excerpt from Bad Boy, by Walter Dean Myers.
  • How can we tell that this is an autobiography rather than a biography?
  • What challenges did Myers face because of his speech problem?
  • What is the big idea message here?
  • Do you think all obstacles can be overcome with enough effort?
news feature articles
News/Feature Articles
  • Informational writing in newspapers and magazines. News articles report on recent events. Feature articles provide in-depth coverage of interesting people, topics, and trends.
  • They are primarily intended to inform or entertain.
  • They often use examples, statistics, quotations from sources, and graphic aids to present information.
let s read stress an article in a magazine or periodical called health watch
Let’s read “Stress,” an article in a magazine or periodical called Health Watch.
  • How are the boxed details presented differently than in the autobiography we read?
  • Which type of writing would you prefer?
  • When might you need to read something like this article?
consumer documents
Consumer documents
  • Printed materials that usually accompany products and services.
  • They are intended to inform consumers about how to use a product or service.
  • They often include illustrations, diagrams, and step-by-step directions.
types of media
Types of Media

Look at page ten of your textbook to see the characteristics of the following types of media:

  • Feature Films
  • News Media
  • TV Shows
  • Advertising
  • Web Sites
become an actively engaged reader
Become an actively engaged reader!
  • Ask yourself questions as you read!
  • Notice effects of literary elements (analyze)!
  • Make connections to your life!
  • Connect the material to other subjects!
mrs rasp s engagement guide
  • Together let’s read page 12 in your textbook.
  • To get us started on this engagement journey, let’s look at Mrs. Rasp’s “Engagement Guide.”
context clues
Context Clues
  • Mrs. Rasp is such a flibbertigibbet; she is goofy, crazy, and silly.
  • Meaning?
  • Synonyms?
  • Antonyms?
  • Sentence: