Thinking Through Genre: Units of Study in Reading and Writing Workshops Grades 4-12
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Thinking Through Genre: Units of Study in Reading and Writing Workshops Grades 4-12

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Being able to read and write in a variety of genres is a common requirement for today's students. Thinking Through Genre supports English teachers who seek to engage their students in genre studies in the reading and writing workshop. The book profiles six different units of study: memoir, feature article, editorial, short story, fairy tale, and response to literature. Eac...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Stenhouse Publishers
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I read this book because I'm going to teach 8th grade for the first time after 5 years teaching upper high school. I noticed a lot of middle school curricula organized by genre, and I wanted to know why. Lattimer teaches genre as inquiry-based studies of text forms, which students can "leave owning their knowledge." Students read many, many examples of each genre, discover its characteristics for themselves, use pieces as models for their own writing in different genres, and integrate genre know...more
Tammy Ward
The author really opened my eyes to better see how to connect reading and writing. I appreciated the reminder to create units of study beyond fiction and non-fiction, to more focused authentic reading and writing purposes, especially with non-fiction. For example, students can explore author's purpose, position, questioning the text, developing an opinion and supporting that opinion through a study of reading editorials and then composing their own.

Beyond providing some nice examples of genre u...more
Very practical book on teaching the genre-study approach in secondary classrooms. Lattimer found a good balance between a general sense of the genre study, specific lesson ideas, and illustrative examples at a variety of levels. I like how she focuses on authentic products (e.g., book reviews, feature articles) instead of school-based "genres" like essays or literary response.
Joe Wood
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I'm marking this as "read" but I have never actually read it cover to cover. Its just a nice book to have around as you think about teaching different genres of reading and writing and can be a great source of ideas.
.... about the most boring redundant book I've had to read for one of my grad classes
Outstanding book with detailed lesson ideas that integrate reading and writing.
FANTASTIC book. Someone stole mine though. ahhhh
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