This guide for instructors, staff developers, literacy coaches, and study groups provides suggestions for a series of professional development sessions based on Fountas and Pinnell’s text, Genre Study: Teaching with Fiction and Nonfiction Books. The modules vary from one to three hours in length and may be combined for several all-day seminars or presented over a series of shorter periods. The modules are designed so that you can pick and choose sessions depending on your interests and time availability.

The purpose of this study guide is to help you reach the following goals through interactive, hands-on, and collaborative experiences:

  1. build your expertise in understanding specific genres and their characteristics
  2. help you understand an inquiry process you can use with your students to study the characteristics of any genre
  3. show you how to help students apply their knowledge of genres in talking, reading, and writing.

Genre Study: Teaching with Fiction and Nonfiction Books