Thinking Through Genre: Units of Study in Reading and Writing Workshops Grades 4-12 / Edition 1

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Being able to read and write in a variety of genres is a common requirement for today's students. Thinking Through Genre supports English teachers who seek to engage their students in genre studies in the reading and writing workshop. The book profiles six different units of study: memoir, feature article, editorial, short story, fairy tale, and response to literature. Each study is set in an individual fifth- through tenth-grade classroom and is described from its theoretical foundations, through the planning for the specific needs of the students, to the teaching, and finally evaluation.

Each chapter features:

  • An exemplary model of the genre. Written by professional authors who are masters of their craft, these models provide readers with a rich foundation in the specific genre.
  • Unit planning guides. The planning guides provide an outline of learning objectives and their progression in both reading and writing workshops.
  • Sample lessons. Practical sample lessons in both reading and writing workshop are woven into the descriptions of each unit.
  • Examples of student work. Examples of student reading responses and written work provide models that can be used in the classroom.
  • Assessment measures. Evaluation suggestions are included in every chapter. An appendix provides examples of rubrics used for specific genres.
  • Lists of resources. Helpful books and periodicals are listed at the end of each chapter to assist teachers in gathering materials for genre studies in their own classrooms.

The classroom-focused nature of this book brings each study to life while simultaneously encouraging readers to borrow, adapt, and change the ideas for their own classrooms. Whether teaching one of the genres profiled here or applying principles to a different unit of study, this book offers clear, research-based, pedagogically sound models that will be appreciated by teachers incorporating genre studies into their reading and writing workshops.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571103529
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 969,350
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Lessons
1 Teaching Genre in the Classroom 1
2 Memoir 22
3 Feature Article 67
4 Editorial 113
5 Short Story 156
6 Fairy Tale 199
7 Response to Literature 242
App Evaluating Student Work 271
References 277
Index 281
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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Excellent addition to writing workshops

    I thought that this book was a perfect addition to writing or reading workshops. It takes a very interesting look into making these workshops more limited by genre but shows the learning that can happen if you do so. The lessons are interesting to read. I only wish that it had more to teach someone who has not had the opportunity to really teach a workshop yet. I've studied them in college but have yet to really put one into practice but plan to when I get my first job. However the author states that the books is for people who have a background in workshops.

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