Resources for Teaching Genre

Reading passages, activities, and more for teaching students to the characteristics of different genres.  

Traditional Literature – Folklore

Traditional Literature Chart – A chart that gives the definition for 5 different types of traditional literature (fairy tales, fables, myths, legends, and tall tales), and gives common examples of each type.  A blank chart is also included for student note taking. 

Fairy Tale - Shoemaker and Elves – A one page reading passage of the fairy tale “The Shoemaker and the Elves” with comprehension question that require students to think about the characteristics of a fairy tale. 

2 Fables - Passages and Questions – 2 of Aesop’s fables with comprehension questions that require students to think about the characteristics of a fable. 

Myth - How Grandmother Spider Stole the Sun – a one page reading passage of the myth “How Grandmother Spider Stole the Sun” with comprehension questions that require students to think about the characteristics of a myth. 

Legend - The Sword and the Stone – a one page reading passage of the legend “The Sword and the Stone” (King Arthur) with comprehension questions that require students to think about the characteristics of a legend.  

Tall Tale - Paul Bunyan and Babe – a one page reading passage of the tall tale “Paul Bunyan and Babe” with comprehension questions that require students to think about the characteristics of a tall tale.  

Traditional Literature Sort – a center or game for students to practice distinguishing between the different types of traditional literature (fairy tales, fables, myths, legends, and tall tales).  Students sort paragraphs into the appropriate type of traditional literature. 

Traditional Literature Matching Game – a game or center for students to practice distinguishing between the different types of traditional literature (fairy tales, fables, myths, legends, and tall tales).  Students play the matching game, matching the type of traditional literature with its definition and a paragraph.   

Writing Different Types of Traditional Literature – students practice changing a short paragraph into the different types of traditional literature (fairy tale, fable, myth, legend, tall tale).  An example is given for each type of traditional literature, and then students try it for themselves.  

Fables - 12 passages and reading comprehension activities – This resource contains 12 different fables (generally attributed to Aesop).  Several different activities are included that can be used with any of the fables.  The activities have students summarize, compare and contrast fables, identify character traits, determine morals, and more.