The Process

  1. Provide a short list of examples of the genre and have all learners look at them.

  2. Discuss in class their reactions; what they saw, what they liked, Use this to develop a vocabulary for talking about this genre.

  3. Provide a longer list of examples and have groups of learners divide up the task of looking at all of them and identifying common themes, attibutes, or threads. Scaffold this by providing a features chart to guide their reading and give them a place to retain and organize their findings.

  4. Have a class discussion debriefing the analysis and consolidating any discrepancies in analyses from different groups.

  5. Now ask groups of students to use their analysis to create a new example of this genre based on their analysis. Scaffold this by providing a storyboard, prompted writing page, or other guide as appropriate.
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