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Genre Requirements and Due Dates
Mrs. Nowak         Genre Program

Nine is the minimum number of books to be read this year. Each book needs to be at least your child’s instructional reading level, usually 5th grade or higher. Each book needs to be at least 100 pages, with the exception of the poetry, non-fiction, and biography. The books are divided into the following genres based on the months below.

Click on bag for “Book in the Bag” Directions

September and October                                           Activities                           Due Dates

  • Humorous Fiction required                                     Story Map on a poster  Sept.30 Wed.
  • Choice: Realistic Fiction or Animal Fiction                     1 Book in Bag Book Talk Oct. 30 


November and December                                         Activities

  • Choice: Mystery Fiction or Adventure Fiction                 1 Book in Bag Book Talk Nov.30 .


  •    1 Biography or Autobiography                                     1 File Folder Activity Talk Jan. 25     


February and March                                           Activities

  • Award Winning                                    1 Cereal box project     Feb. 29


  • Historical Fiction                                 1 Journal Entry from the character                                                perspective                                            perspective             March 31           


April and May                                            Activities


  • Sports Fiction                                        1  Book in Bag            April 29   
  • 1 Non-fiction                     1 Non-fiction 20 Fact EXTRA CREDIT DUE MAY 8                                                                                                                                                                       May 13                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Science Fiction                                     Present your way       May 31

These books are to be read at home and during silent reading at school. Therefore, each child needs to bring their current book selection back and forth from home to school each day.

During silent reading time, I will be periodically checking on each student’s progress and comprehension with his/her chosen book.

At home, your child must read at least 20 minutes per night as part of their Reading Log. The reading of the Genre Program Books count as minutes for the log.

After reading each book, your child will be required to complete an activity. This activity will be filling out a specific book form, completing a story map, making a cereal book report, or giving a Book Talk. The class will receive further explanation on how to complete these activities, and I will also show them how to do a Book Talk. The Genre Program does count as part of the reading grade and effort grade. Students will be graded on the number of books read and the quality of each assignment completed.

The purpose of this program is for each child to read quality literature that he/she is interested in. This Genre program guarantees that your child will be exposed to all different genres before heading to South!

Thank you for your support. Please keep reminding your child to stay on course with the Genre Program!  Help prevent procrastination! J

 Printable Genre Forms
To access the genre forms click on the link below
 Story Map  Cereal Box Directions/Rubric/Example  Academy Award Book It Directions/Rubric/Example
 Autobiography/Biography Form  Poetry Form  Non Fiction Book Report Example Non Fiction Book Report Example
 Story Map Poster Project  
Historical Fiction/Character Perspective Forms and Examples
 Book in the Bag Directions/Rubric/Example