Introducing Students To Multiple Genres of Literature

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Jun 28, 2014 6:29:05 PM


Teaching Kids To Read And Understand Genre Types

A category of literature which is defined by the pattern or structure of a literary work is known as a genre. Literature in the same genre share the same characteristics of plot, tone, mood, settings, characters and themes. These literary elements are included in both children's and adult literature. A genre type can also have a subgenre. For example, in the fantasy genre, the subgenres include traditional fantasy, historical fantasy, urban fantasy and romantic fantasy.


Definition from


noun, plural
a class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form, content, technique, or the like: the genre of epic poetry; the genre of symphonic music.
Fine Arts.
paintings in which scenes of everyday life form the subject matter.
a realistic style of painting using such subject matter.
genus; kind; sort; style.
Fine Arts. of or pertaining to genre.
of or pertaining to a distinctive literary type.

Multiple Genre Types Can Be Found On Big Universe

Big Universe can help students master the Common Core State Standards by offering them thousands of texts in multiple genres. The following genres are easily accessible at

Recommend Reads From Various Genres

Find these delightful and engaging texts in multiple genres at

Action And Adventure


We're Going on a Dinosaur Dig

by Anastasia Suen (author) © 2013
ISBN: 9781618104212

This book takes students through the exciting adventures of dinosaur hunting until they find one and have to quickly retrace their steps back to safety.


thumb-2 Steve Jobs: Apple iCon

by Scott Gillam (author) © 2012
ISBN: 9781614788119 AR: /

This title examines the remarkable life of Steve Jobs. Readers will learn about Jobs’s family background, childhood, education, and groundbreaking work in the computer and technology industry. Jobs’s many innovations, such as the first Apple computer, the iPod, the iPad, and the iPhone, are discussed as well as his time working at NeXT Computer and Pixar. Color photos and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text. Features include a table of contents, timeline, facts, additional resources, Web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Essential Lives is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Health and Nutrition

thumb What's Next?: The Future of Medicine

by Lori Dittmer (author) © 2013
ISBN: 9781566601641 AR: / /

A look at potential future developments in medicine, including the use of nanotechnology, as well as genetic mapping and other technologies that are currently considered state-of-the-art.


thumb-3 The Plot

by Janice Greene (author) © 2010
ISBN: 9781602919266

If Tara’s wrong, she’ll feel like a fool- and maybe even get sued. But if she’s right, a whole roomful of students could get gunned down.

Connecting To The Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level. The Common Core State Standards can be found at

Integration and Knowledge of Ideas

The Common Core State Standards requires students to read texts from multiple genres. Big Universe can help students master the standards by offering them thousands of texts in multiple genres.

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.

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Topics: Common Core, Literacy

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