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Genre Worksheets

Genre refers to the category in which a text belongs. Most texts belong to a main genre (like fiction or nonfiction) and a subgenre (like fantasy or biography). Understanding genre will help you to form expectations about a work. You will also be able to recognize when an author is playing with those expectations.

Here are some worksheets to give students practice with genre and subgenre. These worksheets are available in RTF format (for editing), PDF format (for printing), and Ereading Worksheets (for completing on computers, tablets, or phones). These worksheets will give students rapid fire practice with genre and subgenre, yet they also contain a critical component where students explain their answers.

Genre Worksheet 1 – Read the descriptions of the texts. Look for details that reveal the genre. Write the genre and subgenre on the lines and write a sentence explaining your answer. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 6-10
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Genre Worksheet 2 – Choose the genre and subgenre in which the story most likely belongs. Then explain how you got your answer. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 5-9
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Genre Worksheet 3 – Read descriptions of texts written for a variety of purposes and then determine the genre and subgenre based on the provided details. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 5-9
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Genre Worksheet 4 – Nine practice problems challenging students to identify the genre and subgenres of a variety of texts. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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Genre Worksheet 5 – Nine more problems giving your students practice identifying literary genres. Students identify the genres based on details and then explain their answers. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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Genre Worksheet 6 – Mastering genre and subgenre can be hard. The best way to learn is to practice. This worksheet describes eight short texts. Students identify the genre and subgenre of each and explain their answers. This is great practice. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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Genre Worksheet 7 – Here is another genre and subgenre worksheet. This one is a little bit easier than some of the other genre worksheets on this page. It’s great genre practice for younger students. Students read the short texts, identify the genre and subgenre, and explain their answers. This worksheet has 17 problems! Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 3-7
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Genre Worksheet 7 | Ereading Worksheet

Genre Worksheet 8 – Here is another genre worksheet. This one is double-sided and has eight problems. Students read the story descriptions, determine the genre and subgenre, and explain their answers. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 5-9
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Genre Worksheet 9 – Here is yet another genre worksheet. These worksheets should help students master genre and subgenre. This worksheet has nine problems. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 4-8
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Genre Worksheet 10 – Wow! This is the tenth genre worksheet that I have posted to this site. I hope that all of these genre worksheets are helping somebody. This one has nine more problems. Students read the story descriptions, identify the genre and subgenre, and explain their answers. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 5-9
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Genre Worksheet 10 | Ereading Worksheet

Illustrate Genre – Here’s a fun activity to help students review genre terms. Students first define genre terms and write examples. Then, they illustrate the examples. I offer bonus points for good artistry.
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Genre Game – I made this fun computer game to help students master genre. Play as a fish trying to get to a light house and avoid larger fish. Get hit and players have to answer a question about literary genre. There are literally hundreds of questions. Students will have so much fun playing that they won’t realize that they are mastering genre. Everybody wins when students play my Ereading Games.
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Common Core State Standards Related to Genre and Subgenre

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.9 – Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

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ELA Standards: Literature

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.9 – With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.9 – Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.9 – Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.9 – Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series)

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.9 – Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.9 – Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.9 – Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.

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  1. shanna

     /  September 15, 2020

    these were good

  2. Edwin Rosa

     /  February 25, 2020

    Excellent Site!!!! Incredible resource!!How can I contribute?

  3. Nancy

     /  October 11, 2019

    I really love using this site as a resource. I would like to thank the owners.

  4. lily

     /  May 18, 2018

    i love this sit its so informational and some of the passages are really funny

  5. Miss Morgan

     /  October 18, 2016

    Thanks this is Awesome

  6. Anne O'Brien

     /  August 6, 2016

    I have used your e-reading worksheets for a few years now–they are great to leave with subs or as additions to emergency plans. I have also used them in tutorial sessions to “fine-tune” student understanding of troublesome concepts.
    Thanks so much!

    • I’m so happy to hear it. I’m always working on new material. I hope that I can continue helping you for a long time to come. Best wishes!

  7. thomas lingga

     /  March 20, 2015

    thanks for great worksheet…thanks…

  8. Elena

     /  February 11, 2015

    Thank you very much! Your worksheets are great!

  9. Mr. O

     /  January 13, 2015

    These are excellent. I showed some of them to a colleague of mine and they said they appeared too easy. I explained that these are practice so that identifying text becomes second nature. I know for the PSSA’s they have many comparative texts where they will ask for similarities and differences between the texts. Students often focus on minute details instead of looking at the type of text and genre they are asking for. These practices have helped hone their skills. You did a great job creating this. Hopefully your administrators realize your value. 🙂

    • That’s kind of you to say. Teachers appreciate what I do. Their opinions are the most important to me. Thank you for the kind words.

  10. Sinthia Solis

     /  April 8, 2014

    Hi, the first genre RTF is different from the PDF. The answers are not provided for the PDF.

    • I am sorry.
      I am in the process of updating many of these

      It is slow moving.
      I will align the answers and worksheets
      for this item this summer.

  11. Jill VBaan

     /  March 12, 2014

    Thank you for sharing your genre worksheets!

  12. geracip

     /  March 9, 2014

    Great worksheets. Thanks so much for sharing.

  13. sonal

     /  March 6, 2014

    Genre worksheets are awesome !!

  14. Phuong

     /  September 8, 2013

    You are AWESOME. Thank you so much for sharing!

  15. Iris Gonzalez

     /  January 12, 2013

    I love these works! They serve me well to differentiate instruction with my class. Thank you so much. You have made my teaching genre lessons much easier and flexible. Thanks again!


  16. Hannah

     /  January 10, 2013

    Just what I needed for my class. Thanx!!! O:-)

  17. Acs

     /  September 2, 2012

    These activities are great. Thank you so much especially for the text features and text organization activities!

  18. Rosemary W. Mann

     /  April 24, 2012

    I really have used several of these worksheets with my students. They are awesome!

  19. Rhymer

     /  March 7, 2012

    Genre Quiz 2 has no answer key. I love your worksheets, use them all the time, to save time.

  20. Jeanna

     /  March 4, 2012

    Thank you so much for providing these!!! There is never enough time to make everything from scratch!! Thanks again!!!

  21. Rahma

     /  November 13, 2011

    Great worksheets! Thanks

  22. Jweezy66

     /  April 7, 2011

    No answer sheets. Makes it hard to grade

    • Mr. Morton

       /  April 7, 2011

      I’m sorry about that. I’ll try to add some as soon as I get the chance.

  23. Torie

     /  March 23, 2011

    These were perfect!! Just exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!

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