Have you checked out our genre activity?
What is it?
"Exploring Genre" is a delightful activity that helps students analyze a Scope story through the lens of genre. Pop it up on your whiteboard for students to complete together and enjoy the conversations that follow.
What’s in it?
The "Exploring Genre" activity begins with a hunt for the genre-defining characteristics of a Scope story. Students are then prompted to think of other works of literature as well as movies and TV shows that belong to that same genre. The activity culminates in a higher-level thinking question that relates to a common theme in that genre. The September 2018 issue focuses on myths.
Why do we love it?
Exploring a text through the lens of genre leads to an exploration of many aspects of that text—character, setting, mood, plot, theme, and so on. Familiarity with the characteristics of a particular genre can also give students a "way in" to other texts belonging to that genre.
Ready to try the "Exploring Genre" activity in your classroom? In the September issue of Scope, you'll find the activity with the drama based on the Greek myth of Medusa, Hunting a Snake-Headed Monster.
(PSST! As students think about admirable—and not so admirable—character traits at the end this activity, they will be prepping their brains for the play's writing prompt. Use our "Character Thinking Tool" activity or our guided writing activity "Analyzing Perseus" to help your students dig deeper into ideas about character.)