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Reader's Notebook: The Genres Section

By Beth Newingham on November 16, 2012
  • Grades: 3–5

In the "Genre" section of my students' Reader's Notebooks, the "Genre Overview" sheet is featured first. At the beginning of the year when students are still becoming familiar with the characteristics of each genre and the corresponding genre codes, I can direct them to this sheet without having to meet with students every time they're not sure of the genre of a particular book. I use the genre codes suggested by Fountas and Pinnell.

At the end of every unit of study, students count up the number of books they have read in each genre and record the number on the "What Genres Am I Reading?" sheet. They then use the information to create a genre graph that reflects their variety (or lack of variety) of reading during IDR time. The graphs are often a wake-up call for students who get too comfortable reading a single genre, and they are a great way for me to get a quick overview of what each student is choosing to read. The results of the genre graphs often lead students to set genre-specific reading goals each month.

Download "What Genres Am I Reading?"
Download Genre Graph 0–5
Download Genre Graph 0–10
Download Genre Graph 0–20
Download Genre Graph 0–30

Comments (8)

I cannot open the "What Genres Am I reading" page, either. As Holly said above, it cannot connect to server. Can someone please forward it to me??

Hi, I cannot download "What Genres Am I Reading" and would really appreciate if you could email it to me.

Thank you!

I can't get the "What Genres am I Reading" overview sheet to come up for me either. It reads cannot connect to server. Is there anyone who would be willing to send it to me?

Thank you!


I also cannot open the "What Genres am I Reading" file. Would someone be willing to send this to me?


I am so excited to start doing this! As a 2nd year teacher your blog posts have been very resourceful. Like the others, I am having trouble downloading the "What Genres Am I Reading?" sheet. How can I have access to that?

I was able to download all of the documents. Check your downloads folder (if using a mac). You will see them there. Double click to open them. If you provide your email, I'll be happy to email them to you.

I can't get the "What Genres am I Reading" overview sheet to come up for me. It reads cannot connect to server. I am able to download the other graphs and would really like a copy of the overview. Is there any chance you could send it to me?
Thank you!

This looks like a really good lesson. I am having trouble getting the "What Genres Am I Reading" to open. Will you forward it to me?
Thank you.

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