Grade Level: 3rd-5th
Objective: The students will be able to identify characteristics of genres and successfully categorize summaries of stories into a genre by playing a game consistent with the format of Jeopardy.
5R2.8: Demonstrate the ability to identify the characteristics of genres such as fiction, poetry, drama, and informational texts.
5R1.4: Demonstrate the ability to summarize texts.
Prerequisite: This is a review activity that should be done only after all types of genres have been taught.
Materials: 30 (3 by 5) note cards (six in each of the following colors: green, blue, yellow, orange, and white), a marker or pen, a pocket chart containing 30 pockets.
Set-up: The pocket chart is set up into 5 categories (green, blue, yellow, orange, and white). Each category has 5 note cards under it column form. These note cards range in point from 100 to 500. A summary of a story or book is written on the back of the note card (these summaries can be taken from books read in class or popular stories -- either way the students should be able to tell what genre it falls under just by the characteristics given in the summary).
1. Perform a quick review over the different types of genres. Discuss their characteristics and how they are different from one another.
2. Divide the class into 2 groups.
3. The first group chooses a category. The host (teacher or chosen student) will read the summary out loud. The group must identify the correct genre the summary falls into. If they get the answer correct, then they receive the number of points on the front of the card. If they get the answer wrong, the other team has control of the board. The students can discuss the answer as a team or take turns.
4. This continues until all the cards are used and the team with the most points wins.
Assessment: Teacher Observation