Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Back to Basics

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Back to Basics

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We tend to understand genres intuitively, but articulating their definition can be tricky. These lively resources will have students debating rom-coms, horror, thrillers, sci-fiand more.

1. The blurbs

What is it? A unit of work that introduces literary and film genres, including group discussion on four real back-cover blurbs

What users say "Professional quality. Better than most lessons commercially available on the net."

bit.ly/TheBlurbs

2. Guess the genre

What is it? A lesson exploring genre in literature, with a quiz inviting students to guess the genre of book extracts

What users say "Colourful and precise, with opportunities for developing students' creativity."

bit.ly/GuessTheGenre

3. Rusty ruins

What is it? A clear introduction to determining the genre of a text, including a tale about "rusty ruins" that challenges students to identify the genre of a passage of text

What users say "Excellent resource. Offers a holistic, panoramic overview of recognising the genre of a text."

bit.ly/RustyRuins

4. Learn hard

What is it? A presentation that introduces students to genre in film, making use of trailers for Up and Die Hard with a Vengeance

What users say "Great presentation for beginning to think about key conventions of different genres."

bit.ly/LearnHard

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