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Genre Activities

Are you looking for activities that will give your students ample practice identifying the genres and subgenres of a variety of texts?  Look no further.  This page includes a huge array of genre activities to give your students the practice that they need.  From student-centered projects to PowerPoint slide shows, this page has all of the genre activities that you will likely need to teach your students about literary genre and subgenre.


Genre Lesson 2
Here is another awesome, animated lesson explaining literary genres and subgenres. This lesson features definitions, examples, and explainations. It also includes ten practice problems at the end to help informally assess students.
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Genre Crossword Puzzle Creator Project
Here is a fun, student-centered project on literary genre and subgenre. Students will create a genre crossword puzzle. In doing so, they will review the definitions for key genre terms. The project file includes directions, rubric, and the crossword grid sheet.
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Genre Book Covers Project
Here is a project where students create book covers for a variety of genres. They add illustrations with details of each genre. They also explain how each text belongs in its genre. I've included directions, an example, and a scoring rubric.
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Genre Newspaper Project
Here is a fun, student-centered project to help students review literary genre. Students create a newspaper with eight articles written in different genres and subgenres. The project sheet includes directions, an example, and a scoring rubric.
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Genre Movie Posters Project
Here's another fun activity to help students master genre. Students will create three movie posters. Each poster will feature a movie from a different subgenre. They can be real movies or imagined. Students can learn and review genre while they showcase their creativity! This project sheet contains directions, an example, and a scoring rubric.
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Genre Book Review Activity
Here's another fun activity to help students master genre. Students examine books in small groups and discuss the genre and subgenres of each text. After coming to a consensus, students write their answers down on this sheet. You provide your own texts. (Note: You have to provide your own books for this activity.)
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Genre Class Practice Activity 1
Students need practice with many text types to master genre. This activity will give your whole class practice. Project the practice problems on the board. Have students solve the problems and discuss them in small groups or as a whole. This activity has 5 practice problems.
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Genre Class Practice Activity 2
Here is another genre practice activity for your whole class. This activity features five text descriptions. Students can discuss each in small groups or as a whole class. Then you can review the answers as a class and have a nice discussion focused on literary genre.
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Genre Quiz 1
Here's a matching quiz to evaluate students on their understanding of genre and subgenre terms. Students match the definitions to the terms and answer multiple choice questions.
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Genre Quiz 2
Looking for another genre quiz to assess your students? Check out this genre quiz. It has fifteen multiple-choice questions on literary genres and subgenres. Students identify the genres and subgenres of a variety of texts and then match definitions.
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Genre Piranha: Review Game
Here is a browser game to help students with literary genre. Students play as a fish trying to get to a light house and avoid larger fish. When they get hit they have to answer a question about literary genre. There are literally hundreds of questions. Students will have so much fun playing. They won't even realize that they are mastering genre.
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11 Comments

  1. Tamarah Niccol

     /  January 25, 2020

    Wow! This is all fantastic and so helpful! I’ve been asked to teacher English for the first time in many years and these resources are so helpful. THANK YOU!

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  2. Octavia Lister

     /  August 17, 2019

    I love your website! It is an invaluable tool that I have used for years.

    I have been teacher for about 20 years now and I wish I had known about this site sooner.

    This site is a life preserver for new teachers an is a steady companion for the veterans.

    I hope teachers never lose this resource.

    Thank You!

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  3. Lianne laxa

     /  March 12, 2017

    Unexpectedly I’ve come across with this very helpful link. Thank you so much.This is really of great help to us teachers in Senior High School teaching literary genres.

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  4. Irving Echevarria

     /  September 2, 2015

    Love this site!

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  5. Mamta Kothari

     /  August 30, 2012

    Hit the Jackpot with this website, tailor made to the needs of my students. Very professional, without any fuss!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. mr.ex

     /  August 16, 2012

    great stuff

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  7. volnei

     /  March 14, 2012

    Congratulations on the profesionals who made this page. Thanks a lot. It is clear, practical and fun…
    best,
    volnei

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  8. Rhymer

     /  March 7, 2012

    Genre Quiz 2 has no answer key. This would save me lots of time on grading and correcting papers. I love your site. it is my Go To Enforcer for my students. keep up the good job.

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  9. Very thorough, well-organized website for genre! Thank you for saving me many hours of prep time :).

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