Conclusion   Leave a comment

Throughout all of my research, I did not find one article that was against introducing different types of genre in the language arts classroom. All of the articles stressed the importance of teaching different types of writing at a young age. Although there are some teachers who do not set guidelines for their students because they simply “want them to write”, I think that it is important to have some guidelines by which the student can base his or her writing. After they are aware of what is expected of them, they can then be free to use their creativity to express the message they are trying to convey to their readers. It is necessary for there to be a balance among what types of genre are brought into the classroom. Each individual student will respond to different genres in various ways, but they must be exposed to all different writing types. Overall, I was impressed by the different ways in which teachers involve the students in the learning process. It is encouraging to see that there are educators who strive to be better teachers for their students and refuse to be complacent in the classroom. The main point that I have taken away from this blog is that it is important to reinforce what the students learn by providing different visuals and examples throughout the school year.  If the students truly understand the importance of being able to express themselves in different ways, they will be more likely to do so as they grow older.



Posted July 18, 2011 by cwomack4 in Uncategorized

A Process Genre Model for Teaching Writing   Leave a comment

A Process Genre Model for Teaching Writing

By Guo Yan

 Yan starts the article by looking at why teaching writing is so difficult. He also stresses the importance of maintaining some guidelines despite the type of genre being taught. I agree that it is important to let the student know ahead of time what is expected of them. This provides a foundation for all of their writing. Yan describes the genre approach in the following manner: “By investigating different genres, students can perceive the differences in structure and form and apply what they learn to their own writing. Even in the classroom, where academic writing usually predominates, writing tasks can be introduced that are based on different genres with roots in the real world, such as the genres of essays, editorials, and business letters”. He goes on to say that teachers should not only demonstrate and provide examples before the student writes, but that he or she should be active in the revising process as well.


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Genre Purpose Worksheet   Leave a comment 

This worksheet for students is perfect for teaching genres. It gives a brief description of a text and then requires the student to classify the genre and author’s purpose. There is also a space after each question for the students to explain his or her answer.

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Genre Box   Leave a comment

Purchase a large index card box and dividers with numbers on them. Using different colored index cards, have the students write their name, date, genre and a brief summary of the book on the front side. Have a chart nearby that shows which color stands for which genre of book. For example, if the student reads a book that is classified as science fiction, have them complete this on a green index card. Not only does this hold the students accountable for writing a summary, but it lets them show their knowledge of genres.

Written by blog member Jackie

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Poster Activity   Leave a comment

Have the students divide into small groups and assign each group a genre of literature. Have them decorate the poster and write at least two characteristics of their genre. When they finish, have them pass the posters around and add different characteristics to different posters. Make sure that there is space left at the bottom of each one. As the class or individuals read books in that genre, have them print a picture of the book cover and put it on the correct poster. Keep them on display in the classroom as a constant reminder to the students.

I adapted this idea from a teacher blog in which the author is unknown.

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Writing: Genres of Writing

By Tammy Miklebost

Miklebost starts out the article by defining genre as “a form of writing related to a purpose”. She talks about how different genres of writing appeal to different students. Some of the examples that she uses in her own classroom are: journals, stories, poems and persuasive essays. She also encourages students to  write at home as well. She provides different activities that families can use together that are fun for children and teenagers.

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A Process Genre Approach to Teaching Writing

By Richard Badger and Goodith White


In this article, the two divide up writing into four different stages: familiarization, controlled writing, guided writing, and free writing. In my opinion, this is a plan to help every student succeed in their writing, no matter the genre. Goodman is confident that this process will both make students aware of different genres and learn how to produce them as well. By approaching writing in this step-by-step manner, the student does not feel overwhelmed during the learning process.

Posted July 17, 2011 by cwomack4 in Uncategorized