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Eden Park School Library: Genre

Fiction Genres

What is a genre?  


A genre is basically another name for a category.  We can categorize many different things, including books.  


When we think about books, we usually think about two basic categories or genres - Fiction and Non-Fiction.  From there, we can categorize books even further into more specific genres.  


In this unit, we will be learning about fiction genres.  We will be focused on the following fiction genres:







For more information about genres, visit the following websites:

Webberville Schools

Characteristics Chart


AASL 1.3.4 Contribute to the exchange of ideas within the learning community.

AASL 1.3.5 Use information technology responsibly.

AASL 2.1.2 Organize knowledge so that it is useful.


CC.3.W.7 Research to Build and Present Knowledge: Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.

CC.3.SL.1 Comprehension and Collaboration: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

CC.3.W.4 Production and Distribution of Writing: With guideance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)


ISTE 1b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.

ISTE 2a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.


Directions:  As a class we will be working on creating a Genre Video, showcasing different fiction genres.


First, we will be finding characteristics of each genre by participating in a "Genre Book Swap."  Each table will have a pile of five books on it.  Each of these books will be from the same genre.  You will first identify the genre the books belong in and then you will use the cover and the summary of the book to pick out keywords or characteristics of that genre.  For example, keywords for the horror genre might be "ghost" or "scary."


After completing the genre book swap, we will be working on collecting the information for our videos using the "Genre Video" document.


After all of the data is collected, we will begin creating our class video.

Class Projects