Genre Studies Research Guide
What is a Genre Study?
"Genre study is a foundational inquiry that involves several steps and gives students the tools they need to navigate a variety of texts with deep understanding... Your first step is to collect a set of high-quality mentor texts that are clear examples of the genre you are helping students understand" (Fountas & Pinnell 2012, 10).
This guide was designed to help with that first step of collecting the texts for your genre study!
Example Genre Study Lesson/Unit Plans:
- Comics in the Classroom as an Introduction to Genre Study(readwritethink.org)
- Exploring the Mystery Genre (Scholastic)
- Historical Fiction: A Wealth of Interpretations (Scholastic)
- Genre Study: A Collaborative Approach (readwritethink.org)
Books About Teaching with Genre Studies:
- Genre Study: Teaching with Fiction and Non-Fiction Books (Fountas & Pinnell, 2012)
- Teaching New Literacies in Grades K-3: Resources for 21st Century Classrooms (Moss & Lapp, 2010)
- Teaching New Literacies in Grades 4-6: Resources for 21st Century Classrooms (Moss & Lapp, 2010)
- Thinking Through Genre: Units of Study in Reading and Writing Workshops 4-12 (Lattimer, 2003)
Finding Books by Genre
Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLC): Search by genre, age/grade/reading level, language and author/illustrator.
TeachingBooks.net: Allows for browsing by subject or genre
Across Cultures: A Guide to Multicultural Literature for Children | print
Around the World with Historical Fiction and Folktales: Highly Recommended and Award-Winning Books | print
Best Books for Children: Preschool Through Grade 6 | print
Beyond Picture Books: Subject Access to Best Books for Beginning Readers | print
Big Book of Children's Reading Lists | print
Bridges to Understanding: Envisioning the World Through Children's Books | eBook
Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults | print
Graphic Novels for Young Readers | print
Finding Award Winning Books
Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature - Allows for genre limits within specific awards.
Global Books in Print - TIP: Use the Advanced Search to limit by specific awards. You may also add genre related keywords to the search box.
TeachingBooks.net - Awards/lists section of the site offers extensive details about the current winners for most promiant awards.
Finding Your Books in the Library
UT Libraries Catalog: When searching our catalog, add author or book titles to the "Keyword" seach box, and choose the "Youth Collection" location. Write down the call number of "available" books and go to PCL's 6th floor, section S to find them on the shelves. Use the "Request" button to recall books that are checked-out or to place searches on books that you could not locate on the shelves. Example:
If UT doesn't own a copy of the book you need...
- Check the Austin Public Library Catalog
- Use InterLibrary Services to borrow the book from another library