The Use of Literary Genres in Composition
The use of different types of classic literary genres such as lyric (poetry), drama (tragedy) and epic (fiction) and sub-genres such as non-fiction, autobiography, essay, satire, etc. helps students write about important people or issues in their lives. When students are encouraged to engage in inventive thinking, adaptability, and risk taking their writing is more likely to demonstrate higher-order thinking skills and sound reasoning.
Naomi and Alexandra use the creative non-fiction genre to support kindergartners language and vocabulary skills to write how-to books about topics of their expertise.
Mother's Day is a wonderful time to work on poetry writing in the form of acrostics. An acrostic poem uses the letters in a topic word to begin each line. All lines of the poem should relate to or describe the topic word. One word or a phrase can be used to describe the topic word. Poems are written vertically down the page and they do not have to rhyme.