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 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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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
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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.
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.