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Edgewood Highland 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

Mrs. Scully's Class Videos

Want to watch the video you made in class?  Click on the link below to watch the Videolicious videos!


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:  With your group, you will be creating a short video representing your genre.  


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 videos using the Videolicious app on the iPads. 

Video 'How To'

Part 1 - Create an Album

To create your video, you must first make sure you have the right photographs from your genre. 

1.  Tap on the "Photos" app

2.  Tap "Albums" at the bottom

3.  Tap "Edit" at the top right corner

4.  Tap "+" in the top left corner

5.  Name your album "Scully (Your Genre)"  For example:  "Scully Horror," "Scully Realistic," "Scully Mystery"

6.  Select the photos from your group.  Be sure to select all of your posters, your books, and the colored poster from your genre.

7.  Tap "Done" in the upper right corner


Part 2 - Reorder your photos

Now, the photos must be in the right order.  We will follow the order from your white paper.  Follow the directions to move the photos around.

1.  Tap on the album you just created.

2.  Tap "select" in the upper right hand corner

3.  Hold your finger down on the photo you would like to move until it is shaded black

4.  Drag that photo to where you would like to put it.

5.  Your photos should start with the colored genre poster (from the wall), then you should have the posters you created, then should come the photos of your books.


Part 3 - Music

Next, we must add music to go along with your genre.  To get music, you will use the links at the bottom of this page to choose your music.  You will be playing the music while you record your voices.  You will need about 1 minute of music so choose which part of the track you would like to use.


Part 4 - Videoliciuos

Finally, you will use the "Videolicious" app to create your video.

1.  Tap on the "Videlicious" app

2.  Tap "Choose Shots" at the bottom

3.  Tap the album you created

4.  Tap every picture and click "save"

5.  Tap "Tell your story"

6.  Tap the picture of the camera and microphone at the top right so it says "Mic Only"

7.  When you are ready to record, be sure you have your music ready and your voices ready.

8.  Tap the silver ball on the bottom left and begin recording

9.  When you are done recording, tap the red ball on the bottom left

10.  If you are satisfied with your video, click "save"