Ch 4: Literary Genres Lesson Plans & Games

About This Chapter

Take a look at this collection of lesson plan outlines and teaching materials to design your own literary genre curriculum. This convenient chapter simplifies the lesson planning process and provides useful lesson supplements, games, discussion questions, activities and quizzes.

Literary Genres Lesson Plans & Games - Chapter Summary

If you need to plan a unit on literary genres, this collection of convenient teacher resources can help you out. Inside the chapter, you'll find comprehensive lesson plan outlines on a variety of literary genres, including:

  • Novels
  • Graphic novels
  • Mysteries
  • Tragedies
  • Parody
  • Satire

The chapter also includes supplemental lessons that go into further detail about these types of literary genres and their characteristics. You'll also find discussion questions, class activities, games and quizzes that you can incorporate into your lessons and enhance your literature instruction. These materials are available whenever you need them, and you can access them on any Internet-connected device.

How It Helps

  • Curriculum standards: Helps your literary genres lessons meet educational standards for literature
  • Student engagement: Includes fun games and class activities to help your students enjoy learning about different literary genres
  • Additional resources: Comes with lesson supplements that you can easily share with your class

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan resources with relevant tools to make planning literary genre lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific literary genre topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your literary genre class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related literary genre lessons with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important literary genre concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant literary genre activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

28 Lessons in Chapter 4: Literary Genres Lesson Plans & Games
Literary Genres Lesson Plan

1. Literary Genres Lesson Plan

This video-based lesson plan teaches your students what a genre is as well as the types and characteristics of differing literary genres. Students apply knowledge in centers and with a fun game.

Literary Genre Activities & Games

2. Literary Genre Activities & Games

Literary genres are an integral aspect of a language arts curriculum. This lesson outlines several ideas for activities and games to engage your students in learning about literary genres.

Novel Lesson Plan

3. Novel Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students what novels are and how they're characterized. Students will view a video lesson that introduces classic examples of novels, and then do an activity to make concepts stick.

Graphic Novel Lesson Plan

4. Graphic Novel Lesson Plan

Teach your students about graphic novels with this fun lesson plan. Students learn about what the characteristics of graphic novels are, and are then introduced to some artists and their work before creating their graphic novel.

Graphic Novel Discussion Questions

5. Graphic Novel Discussion Questions

Students can get really excited about graphic novels, and it is important to support their motivation to read. This lesson gives you some questions to keep graphic novel discussions serious and educational.

Magical Realism Lesson Plan

6. Magical Realism Lesson Plan

Teach students about the literary genre of magical realism with this lesson plan. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss and analyze samples, then do an activity and take a quiz to show understanding.

Mystery Genre Lesson Plan

7. Mystery Genre Lesson Plan

Help students define the mystery genre and learn its characteristics and elements with this lesson plan. Students will watch an engaging video lesson, participate in discussions, and apply concepts to a fun activity.

Tragedy in Literature Lesson Plan

8. Tragedy in Literature Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the literary tragedy. A video lesson defines the term and gives the types of literature they're found in, then describes characteristics. Students apply learning to text and take a quiz to develop full understanding.

Parody Lesson Plan

9. Parody Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to explore three types of humorous writings with your students: satire, parody and spoof. Students will watch an informative video, complete discussion questions and confirm their understanding by taking a quiz. This lesson plan ends with the students utilizing their knowledge to create a humorous skit.

Parody Games

10. Parody Games

If the right tools are used, teaching parody to students can be informative and fun. This lesson provides these tools to teachers through the use of classroom parody activities and games.

Satire Lesson Plan

11. Satire Lesson Plan

Students learn the subtle art of satire in this video-based lesson plan. Students view and read differing types of satire in real literature, analyze its use, then create their own on a related topic.

Satire Activities & Games

12. Satire Activities & Games

Explaining satire to students may seem difficult, but if you incorporate games and activities, the process becomes much easier. This lesson outlines satire-based activities and games teachers can use in the classroom.

Satire Video Project Ideas

13. Satire Video Project Ideas

One of the best ways to really understand satire is to make satire. These projects will give your students opportunities to explore satire as a film genre.

A Modest Proposal Lesson Plan

14. A Modest Proposal Lesson Plan

Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal is one of the most striking satirical works ever written. With this lesson plan and resources from, you'll have what you need to help your students appreciate Swift's wit.

A Modest Proposal Comprehension Questions

15. A Modest Proposal Comprehension Questions

'A Modest Proposal' by Johnathan Swift is a satirical essay that describes a plan to help the poor in Ireland by selling their children to feed the rich. This lesson focuses on questions to help students understand this interesting proposition.

A Modest Proposal Activities

16. A Modest Proposal Activities

~'A Modest Proposal~' can sometimes be a challenging text to teach due to its language, age, and use of satire. However, there are activities that can improve understanding and make this reading fun!

Fantasy Genre Lesson Plan

17. Fantasy Genre Lesson Plan

This lesson plan utilizes a video lesson describing the traits of modern fantasy literature, as well as an activity involving writing an original fantasy story. An exit ticket and extension ideas are also included.

New Criticism in Literature Lesson Plan

18. New Criticism in Literature Lesson Plan

Teach students how to analyze literature as a New Critic with this lesson plan. Students will watch a video lesson on the topic, define and discuss content, be guided through examples, then do a project and take a quiz.

Analyzing an Editorial Lesson Plan

19. Analyzing an Editorial Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help teachers show students what a well-crafted editorial contains. Students will compare, contrast and critique two editorials.

Writing a Mystery Story Lesson Plan

20. Writing a Mystery Story Lesson Plan

In this lesson, teachers will introduce mystery genres to students. They will review associated terms and participate in discussion prompts. An activity and optional extension exercise are also available.

Storytelling Lesson Plan

21. Storytelling Lesson Plan

Educate your students on how to improve their storytelling with this helpful lesson plan. They will watch a storytelling video, participate in a fun hands-on activity, and even take a related quiz.

How to Write a Skit Lesson Plan

22. How to Write a Skit Lesson Plan

Educate your students on how to write a skit with this helpful lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take an accompanying quiz on the topic, and even participate in a fun, hands-on activity.

Fiction vs. Nonfiction Lesson Plan

23. Fiction vs. Nonfiction Lesson Plan

This lesson plan guides teachers through the task of introducing the types of nonfiction and fiction works of writing to students. Students will engage with these concepts through watching videos and participating in an active game.

A Christmas Memory Lesson Plan

24. A Christmas Memory Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan students learn about an American author, Truman Capote, then analyze one of his short stories, considering the elements of plot, character, setting, and theme.

Writing an Autobiography Lesson Plan

25. Writing an Autobiography Lesson Plan

When asked to write an autobiography, students might find the task overwhelming. In this lesson plan, students will learn tips for writing an autobiography and practice writing a portion of their own autobiography.

Graphic Novel Unit Plan

26. Graphic Novel Unit Plan

Engage your high school students in advanced literary, historical, and cultural concepts by using this graphic novel unit. Students will explore various graphic novel texts and the power of the illustrations and symbolism found within them.

The Murders in the Rue Morgue Discussion Questions

27. The Murders in the Rue Morgue Discussion Questions

Teaching 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' to your high school students can be an exciting adventure in unraveling a mystery. Use these discussion questions to challenge student thinking and spark meaningful conversation.

The Woman in White Discussion Questions

28. The Woman in White Discussion Questions

'The Woman in White' is a mystery by Wilkie Collins about deceit in an English household. This resource provides discussion questions for students about this mid-nineteenth century novel.

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