Unit 1: Genre-Based Pedagogy


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When you ask your students "What is genre?," what do they usually offer? A list of fiction genres like fantasy, mystery, and romance? The distinction between fiction and nonfiction or poetry and prose? Standards-based forms of writing like informative, argumentative, and narrative? In this unit you will explore an instructional approach that digs into what genre is, not just definition by example, and how we can reconcile these varied (but all accurate!) perceptions of genre.

Materials and Resources

  • While you won't actively begin working on your unit plan yet, it's good to have it (or your outline) in front of you for reflection
  • Digital Bulletin Board powered by Padlet [1]


1.1: Genre-Based Pedagogy

1.2: Distinctive Genre Features