Table of Contents

Section One: An Inquiry Approach to Genre Study

Chapter 1: An Inquiry Approach to Genre Study:  Learning from Mentor Texts

  • What is Genre?
  • Purpose, Genre, and Audience
  • The Role of Genre in Understanding Reading and Writing
  • A Workshop Approach to Genre Study
  • An Inquiry Approach to Learning About Genre
  • Understanding Mentor Texts
  • Goals and Purposes of This Book
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 2: What is Genre Study?

  • Genre Study and Comprehension
  • The Genre Study Process in Action
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

 

Chapter 3: What Students Need to Know About the Genres of Texts

  • Genres and Forms of Literature
  • Prose
  • Fiction Texts
  • Nonfiction Texts
  • Hybrid Texts
  • Text Structures
  • Forms of Prose and Poetry
  • Plays
  • Literacy and New Media
  • The Expanding World of Literature
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 4: A Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop Approach to Genre Study

  • Interactive Read-Aloud
  • Books in Relation to Readers
  • Assessment
  • Curriculum for Teaching and Learning
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

 

Chapter 5: Learning to Process Fiction and Nonfiction Texts

  • Ways of Thinking About Texts
  • Systems of Strategic Actions for Comprehending Texts
  • Strategies as an Integrated System
  • Learning to Read by Reading Texts
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Section Two: Understanding Genres

Chapter 6: Understanding Fiction Texts

  • A Comparison of Fiction and Nonfiction Texts
  • Fiction Genres
  • Elements of Fiction
  • Classic Fiction
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

 

Chapter 7: Realism in Fiction Texts: Contemporary Realistic and Historical Fiction

  • The Value of Realistic Fiction
  • Contemporary Realistic Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Types of Realistic Fiction
  • Realism: Learning About Ourselves and Others
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 8: Fantasy in Fiction Texts: Traditional Literature and Modern Fantasy

  • Motifs in Traditional Literature and Modern Fantasy
  • Traditional Literature
  • Modern Fantasy
  • Traditional Literature and Modern Fantasy in the Classroom
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 9: Understanding Biography

  • Full Biographies
  • Partial Biographies
  • Distinguishing Between Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir
  • Biography
  • Autobiography
  • Memoir
  • Elements of Biographies
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 10: Nonfiction Texts: Understanding Purpose, Organization, and Audience

  • Value of Nonfiction Texts
  • Narrative Nonfiction
  • Categories of Nonfiction Texts
  • Underlying Structural Patterns in Nonfiction Texts
  • The Importance of Text Structure
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 11: Nonfiction Texts: Analysis of Design

  • Design Features of Nonfiction Texts
  • Analysis of a Text
  • Special Groups of Nonfiction Texts
  • Demands of Nonfiction Texts on Readers
  • Evaluating Nonfiction Texts
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 12: Reading Across Genres: A Close Study of Hybrid Texts, Graphica, and Multigenre Text Sets

  • The Benefits of Reading and Thinking Across Genres
  • Hybrid Texts
  • Graphica
  • Using Multigenre Text Sets
  • Exploring New Genres and Forms
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 13: The Genres of Poetry

  • Poetry Workshop
  • Learning About Poetry from Poetry
  • The Elements of Poetry
  • Variety in Poetry
  • An Environment to Foster Poetry
  • Collecting Poems
  • Poetry Books to Look For
  • Finding Joy in the Teaching of Poetry
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Section Three: Expanding Reading Power Through Understanding Genres

Chapter 14: Thinking and Talking about Genre:  Interactive Read-Aloud and Literature Discussion

  • Selecting Texts
  • Developing a Shared Language for Talking about Texts
  • Using Interactive Read-Aloud to Study Literary Genres
  • Using Book Clubs (Literature Discussion) to Study Literary Genres
  • Learning Over Time
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 15: Learning about Fiction Genres through Minilessons and Group Share

  • The Structure of Genre Study
  • The Structure of Readers’ Workshop
  • Genre Study in the Readers’ Workshop
  • Using Minilessons and Group Share to Support Genre Study
  • Mapping a Sequence of Minilessons
  • Using Inquiry and Readers’ Workshop to Study Historical Fiction
  • Using Inquiry and Readers’ Workshop to Study Traditional Literature
  • Moving From Fiction to Nonfiction
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 16: Learning about Nonfiction Texts through Minilessons and Share

  • Interactive Read-Aloud and Readers’ Workshop
  • Genre Study for Nonfiction Texts
  • Minilessons to Learn about Expository Nonfiction Texts
  • Learning About Narrative Nonfiction
  • Differentiating the Types of Nonfiction Texts
  • Using Minilessons and Group Share to Learn about Biography
  • Constructing the Curriculum
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 17: Developing Understandings about Genre through Reading Conferences and Independent Reading

  • Independent Reading
  • An Environment for Reading
  • Readers’ Workshop as a Setting for Individual Conferring
  • Intentional Teaching in the Reading Conference
  • The Role of Facilitative Talk in Helping Students Learn about Genre
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 18: Writing about Reading in a Reader’s Notebook

  • Use of the Reader’s Notebook
  • Parts and Tools of the Reader’s Notebook
  • Studying Genre through Writing about Reading
  • Functional Writing About Reading
  • Narrative Writing About Reading
  • Nonfiction Writing About Reading
  • Poetic Writing About Reading
  • Supporting Writing in Response to Reading
  • Teacher Reflection on Writing about Reading
  • Self As Reader and Writer
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 19: Using Guided Reading to Develop Understandings about Genre

  • A Gradient of Text
  • Begin with Assessment
  • Using the Structure of Guided Reading to Support Genre Study
  • Teaching for Strategic Actions
  • Connecting Guided Reading to Genre Study
  • Using Specific Language to Support Strategic Actions
  • Suggestions for Professional Development

Chapter 20: The Reading/Writing Connection

  • A Seamless Approach to Reading and Writing Genres
  • The Writing Process
  • The Structure of Writers’ Workshop
  • Purpose and Genres of Writing
  • Narrative Genres
  • Non-Narrative Genres
  • Poetic Genres
  • Functional Genres
  • Writing and Its Connection to Reading
  • Suggestions for Professional Development