First off we focus on a genre. I try to do most of my read alouds from that genre. I have genre posters with catchy poems to help the students remember which is which. Here is an example of two of them. I hang them up on our genre focus wall.
|I wrote these myself. I love poetry!|
|Next I put only the books we are studying for that unit out on my display cart. The kids like to go to these after they have been read. They often use them for partner reading or for early finishers. This also helps with fluency.|
|Something new we have started now that we have worked through all the genres is an interactive genre graph. As the kids do independent reading they can move their name to match the genre they are reading.|
|We've done some writing about our genres for hall displays. It's great to have the students write opinion pieces and defend them using support. This is huge with common core.|