All About Genre

Story types & reading styles

Series 1 | Lesson 8

Creators | Ben McKenzie & Karys McEwen

Some authors love creating stories in lots of genres, and some have one favourite type.

In this lesson, we’ll learn about different story genres, and how to spot clues that tell us what kind of story we are in.

Key Concepts:

  • A comprehensive introduction to the concept of text types and narrative story genres

Take Aways:

  • Familiar knowledge of the common features of story genres
  • Knowledge on how to spot genre clues, and how to use this information when they are drafting stories

Resources for All About Genre

Resources include lesson plans for middle and upper primary students,

each with their own activities and supporting resources.

  • Prompts to create some imaginative stories across different genres
  • Matching book descriptions with genres
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"A great resource that taps into industry experts to break down the key elements of story writing - plus activities that are easy roll out!"

- Amelia, Primary & Secondary educator

About All About Genre Creators

Ben McKenzie

Ben McKenzie is a performer, writer, game designer and nerd for all seasons.

He teaches creative writing at 100 Story Building and as part of Collarts’ comedy degree.

Ben runs workshops in podcasting, crowdfunding, and games including Dungeons & Dragons and boardgames.

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Karys McEwen

Karys McEwen is the immediate past president of the Victorian branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

She is also a school librarian, and is passionate about the role libraries and literature play in the wellbeing of young people.

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