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Genre Map, K­5                          Newton Public Schools ­ draft  

7/01/06 ­

THEME FICTION NONFICTION TRADITIONAL  DRAMA  POETRY AUTHOR  CLASSIC 


LITERATURE STUDY LITERATURE
K What 
Does It  Informational Dramatic Eric Carle The Very Hungry 
Realistic Songs
Mean  Texts: SCI. Play Poetry Caterpillar
Fiction • Sand & Water
To Be a  • Egg Structure
role playing Pat Hutchins
identification
Family? Habitat
Nursery     with character Where the Wild 
Rhymes •   infused w/  Lois Ehlert Things Are
literary 
Animal
experiences, 
Fantasy Informational Donald Crews A Bear Called 
props, etc.
Texts: H/SS Paddington
•    • Our Human Family See Fountas / Pinnell   Joy Cowley
•    • Civics Sing a Song of Poetry 
–   gr.   K,   and   other   The Adventures of 
volumes. Tomie DePaola Pinocchio
Cumulative
Tales
Jan Brett Goldilocks and the 
Three Bears 
•patterned text Laura Numeroff (Marshall)
•  predictable 
text • patterned text Jonathgan  Three Billy Goats 
• picture books • picture books • picture books London Gruff

Leo Leoni Goodnight Moon

Angela Johnson My Father’s 
Dragon
Rosemary Wells
THEME FICTION NONFICTION TRADITIONAL  DRAMA  POETRY AUTHOR  CLASSIC 
LITERATURE STUDY LITERATURE
1 How 
Fairy Tales Readers’
Do  Realistic Biography: • characteristics Poetry Tomie De Paolo Make Way for 
People  Fiction • role of magic Theater Ducklings
H/SS • message and
Make a  • People Who Make a meaning Dr. Seuss
Difference
Differ­ Dr. Dolittle
ence? •role playing •appreciating   Cynthia Rylant
Informational •identification   the beauty of   Velveteen Rabbit
Fantasy Traditional with character language
Texts: Marc Brown
• characteristics of Songs and •recreating a   •visualizing  
animal tales and SCI Red Riding Hood 
other fantasies Chants scene imagery
• anthropomorphism
• Backyard
Environments
Beatrix Potter (Marshall)
• role of magic • Animal Artifacts •reading with   •choral reading
• Weather Patterns expression
H/SS Kevin Henkes Beauty and the 
• People Who Make a Beast
Difference
• Civics
•patterned text Winnie the Pooh
•predictable text
•(decodable text) Horton Hatches 
the Egg

patterned text A Tale of Peter 
Rabbit

The Reluctant 
Dragon
THEME FICTION NONFICTION TRADITIONAL  DRAMA  POETRY AUTHOR  CLASSIC 
LITERATURE STUDY LITERATURE
2 What is  • Frog and Toad
friend­ Realistic Informational Folk Tales Readers’ •  James  • A Toad for Tuesday
Poetry
ship? Fiction Texts: • Cinderella Theater Marshall • Amos and Boris
stories • Fly Homer Fly
SCI • trickster
Force and Motion tales • The Amazing Bone
•  Bill Peet
Earth, Moon & Space • Sylvester and the 
Fast Plants &
Magic  Pebble
Animal
Butterflies Scripted •  Mem Fox
Periodicals • Do Not Open
Fantasy Plays
Time for Kids • The Hundred 
• magic Weekly Reader •  William Steig Dresses
• time Ranger Rick
shifts • Madeline
• anthropo-
•       •  Kevin Henkes • Polar Express
morphism
• Cloudy with a 
•role playing •  Leo Leoni Chance of 
•interpreting a   Meatballs
character • Dr. DeSoto
•  Patricia 
•recreating a   • Henry Huggins
Polacco
scene • Fly Away Home
• nonfiction 
•reading with   • Mr. Popper’s 
features and  •  Jan Brett
expression Penguins
elements
Folktales:
•  Ed Young • Anansi
• Androcles and    the  
Lion
•  Mary Pople  • Lon Po Po
Osbourne • Mufaro’s    Beautiful  
   Daughters

•  Mem Fox Mythology:
   • Damon and  
       Pythias
•  Eve Bunting Poetry:
• Child’s Garden     of  
Verse      (Stevenson)
• Hailstones and  
Halibut Bones
THEME FICTION NONFICTION TRADITIONAL  DRAMA  POETRY AUTHOR  CLASSIC 
LITERATURE STUDY LITERATURE
3 What 
does it  Realistic Informational • Patricia  • Aesop’s Fables
Fables Readers’
Texts: Poetry
mean to  Fiction • inferring Theater Polacca • Just So Stories
Fiction of other SCI
be a  times and places:
• moral/theme • Faith Ringgold • Rikki­Tikki­Tavi
Trees • story structure
com­ • appreciate other
communities, less Air & Gases • Bill Peet • Charlotte’s Web
munity? • understand
familiar communities Frogs • Beverly Cleary • James and the 
story
H/SS Scripted
w/in cultural /
Folk Tales • William Steig Giant Peach
historical context Wampanoags Plays
Pilgrims related to • Ann Cameron • Tar Beach
Mysteries
Early MA History Native • Allen Say • Where the 
Periodicals Americans of
• inferring • Angela  Sidewalk Ends
• foreshadowing Time for Kids New England
• author’s evidence, Weekly Reader • Origin Tales Johnson • Ramona the 
clues    and Myths
• Lucille Clifton Brave
• Pourquoi Tales
• Legends • Eloise  • Babe the Gallant 
Humor how
• basis in real events these tales
Greenfield Pig
• hyperbole encapsulate the • Jack  Prelutsky • The Cricket in 
• characters vs. values of the
situations • Shel Silverstein Times Square
• Eve Bunting • Owl Moon
• Pink and Say
• Homer Price
• The Giving Tree
• The Moffats
THEME FICTION NONFICTION TRADITIONAL  DRAMA  POETRY AUTHOR  CLASSIC 
LITERATURE STUDY LITERATURE
4 What  • Stuart Little
Realistic Informational • E.B. White • Shiloh
does it  Tall Tales
Texts: Scripted Poetry • Because of Winn Dixie
mean to  Fiction • inferring
• Dominic
SCI • hyperbole Plays Grade 4
be an 
Stories That
Poetry Unit
• Roald Dahl • Abel’s Island
Illuminate Earth and Its • as statements • Plays
Magazine • metaphor • The Fledgling
Amer­ Character Neighbors about character
• personification • Sarah, Plain and Tall
Energy / Roller • as reflections of • Betsy Byars
ican? Coasters culture / region / • speaker • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats 
historical context of NIMH
H/SS • Kate DiCamilo • Spin a Soft Black Song 
North American
Introduction (Giovanni)
Regions
to Historical Immigration Readers’ • Judy Blume Bible Stories:
• Cain and Abel
Fiction Civil Rights
Theater
N. American • David and 
• how time and Periodicals • Rigby and • Joel Chandler 
Regional Tales   Goliath
place influence a Time for Kids other materials
character’s Weekly Reader In conjunction w/ Harris • Joseph and  His  
  Brothers
thinking & H/SS unit
• Tales of the South Spirituals:
choices
(Uncle Remus)
• Julius Lester • Swing Low, Sweet  
• how characters
• New   Chariot
respond to
England Legends • Steal Away
circumstances Biography • Andrew Clements Tall Tales / Legends:
• how an author & Tales
maintains • Tales of the West • Paul Bunyan
verisimilitude • A. Pinkney • Pecos Bill
• John Henry
• Johnny Appleseed
• Paul Curtis • John the Conqueror
Journals and
Biographies:
Travelogues Mythology
• Martin King, Jr.
• Greek gods • Patricia 
• Arthur Ashe
• Common tales MacLachlan • Alvin Ailey
focusing on
• Rosa Parks (Hull)
characters and
Mythology:
traits • Nikki Giovanni
Phaethon
… Prometheus   Echo and Narcissus
… Pandora
… Phaethon • Phyllis Naylor Prometheus
Pandora
… Echo &
Narcissus Stories and Legends:
• Walter Dean  • The Jungle Book
Myers • Robin Hood (Pyle)
• King Arthu
THEME FICTION NONFICTION TRADITIONAL  DRAMA  POETRY AUTHOR  CLASSIC 
LITERATURE STUDY LITERATURE
5 Whose 
Informational
story is  Realistic Tales from • Mildred Talyor • All­of­a­Kind 
Fiction Texts: Scripted Poetry
it? the Melting Family
Contemporary SCI Plays Grade 5
fiction illustrating
Pot Poetry Unit • Gary Paulsen • Homer Price
• Electricity and • Plays
• Stories and
a variety of points
Simple Machines Magazine • speaker • Uptown (Collier)
of view. voices from the • lyric poems
• Pond Life ethnic tradition
• Gary Soto • Boy
• narrative
H/SS • African-Amer. poems • The Book of Three 
• Asian
• 1492 • Lloyd Alexander (Alexander)
• Native Americans
• Hispanic Readers’
• Colonial America
• Native Amer.
Theater • The Lion, The 
Science • Jewish
• Constitution • Irish • Jerry Spinelli Witch and the 
Fiction
Periodicals • Italian
Wardrobe (Lewis)
/Fantasy Time for Kids • Lois Lowry • The Incredible 
Or … Weekly Reader
   A Return to Journey
Adventure
Tales of • Lawrence Yep • Sounder
Fiction
Journalism Our Youth • Old Yeller
• News Article • looking at fairy • Alice Walker • The Phantom 
• Opinion tales and folk
tales through a Tollbooth
Pieces /
Historical Essays, ‘grown up’ lens; • Chris Van  • A Wrinkle in Time
Fiction Editorials
focusing on point Allsburg • Little House on the 
of view, theme,
• how time and • Reviews Prairie
and meaning of
place influence a • structure of
character’s
some well-known • Sharon Creech • The Dream Keeper 
news article
tales: The
thinking & • how arguments Emperor’s New
and Other Poems 
choices • Jean Craighead 
are framed Clothes, The Ugly (Hughes)
• how characters • how examples Duckling, Pinnochio,
respond to Jack and the
George  • Joyful Noise 
support
circumstances arguments Beanstalk, Beauty (Fleischer)
• how an author and the Beast,The
• credibility of
Nightingale, The
• Karen Hesse • Soul Looks Back in 
maintains the writer
verisimilitude
Mad Hatter from Wonder (Angelou et 
Alice in
Wonderland, • Cynthia Rylant al)
Memoir
• narrator’s point of • I Have a Dream 
Short Story view, tone, stance • Virginia Hamilton Speech (MLK, Jr.)
• finding a universal
• story elements truth or meaning
• story structure
• Walter Dean 
• point of view
• interpreting theme Myers
and meaning