Genre Lessons Help Organize Books
I use inquiry to help students understand book genres while also providing a method for organizing my classroom library. Here’s how: I provide small groups of students with a short stack of books and a classification chart featuring book genre definitions. I have students work together to discuss and classify each book.
Once done, I have another student group provide “quality control” by deciding if they agree with the classification or if adjustments should be made. I then have students label, box or shelve the books in an organized fashion. Because my students are instrumental in establishing my book organizational system, they are more apt to take advantage of it and maintain it when locating, borrowing, and returning books in the months that follow.
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