#090: Teaching Genre in Primary Grades

Teaching genre in primary grades is more important than you think. Do you have students that read the same book over and over again?

It can be worrisome since students may start to think reading is boring. And once something becomes boring, good luck convincing them otherwise.

Today is all about teaching genre. Young children love books. They love books, "reading" and being read to. Once they start the hard work of actually reading though, finding interesting books is an added challenge. This can be where students get so discouraged that they lose their love of reading. We can't have that!


Genre is more than just fiction versus nonfiction.

We teach students authors and illustrators to help them narrow down books they might like--if they like one book by an author, they may like other books by the author, too. Maybe you even compare authors to each other. How are two alike? How are they different? Genres can work the same way--how are fairy tales and fables alike? How are historical fiction and biographies different (students can even sharpen critical thinking skills to know how to tell the difference).

We can empower students to walk into any library and describe authors, genres, and the specific features of books so the librarian or media specialist can help them find their next great read!

Listen in to the full episode to find out:
  • What exactly is a genre (don't worry...it's not a mystery! 😂)
  • Why a variety of genres can open up fantastical new worlds about a single topic
  • How to slowly introduce genres so it's less overwhelming for young learners (and easier on you)
  • Lisa's personal narrative aha moment for teaching genres


Listen to this episode for all the goodness [and don't forget to grab the free Genre Anchor Chart ⬇️].

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