A guide to literature genres

A Literature Companion for Teachers by Lorraine McDonald has certainly been a companion to me! As an example Chapter 2 – Types of Literary Texts overviews a variety of genres and provides inspiration for practical approaches to provide meaningful learning experiences with reference to specific texts.

Recently I created a Genres Guide that students could refer to. This guide was used with Year 4 students to introduce the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Younger Readers chapter books. Reading an extract from the books and referring to the guide the students were able to identify the main genre. Providing students with extracts from a variety of book genres and getting them to examine and respond to the main genre with evidence from the text is another way to enable students to build knowledge of literary genres.

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Reference: McDonald, L. (2018). A Literature Companion for Teachers.
Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA)


  1. Sheri Rosenzweig 15/04/2021 at 12:02 am

    Hi Josephine:
    I am a librarian in an academic library in Boston, MA. I’m creating a visual literacy research guide for our students. I start off discussing how thinking visually begins with being a child and reading board books. I would love to use the image of the girl in the rain from https://libraryowl.edublogs.org/category/teaching-learning/page/2/
    Do you know who I would need to contact to get permission to use it? Regards, Sheri Rosenzweig


    1. School Library Owl 15/04/2021 at 9:01 am

      Hi Sheri,
      Thanks for your interest, I am not able to locate the picture of ‘the girl in the rain’ from the link. Are you able to check and/or provide more information. When I created the guide and presented on visual literacy using images from picture books I contacted each publisher with specific information about the exact image and what my intention was. It was a big effort but most publishers responded promptly and were very helpful.
      Kind regards


      1. Sheri Rosenzweig 17/04/2021 at 1:08 am

        Hi Josephine:
        Thank you for getting back in touch with me. Below the image it says “Out Text by Angela May George and illustrated by Owen Swan”. The date in the web browser page says /2017/11/14/visual-literacy-some-examples/


        1. School Library Owl 18/04/2021 at 11:50 am

          Hi Sheri, the book ‘Out’ is published by Scholastic Australia, I have attached the link from their homepage regarding permissions. As I mentioned you would need to send them a request.
          All the best with your presentation.
          Kind regards


  2. Hello Mrs Laretive,
    What a wonderful blog of yours I have just stumbled upon. A huge congratulations on your Masters and all of the exciting adventures your career has taken you on since we last saw each other.
    Much love,
    Sacha Webster (nee McCarthy)


    1. School Library Owl 02/08/2021 at 4:38 pm

      Hello Sasha, lovely to hear from you, and thank you for your kind words. There has been a bit of a gap with School Library Owl but hope to push along soon. I hope all is well with you and your family. Take care.
      Much love,


  3. Ms. McKenney 30/08/2021 at 5:34 pm

    Hello Josephine!
    I love the work that you are doing, and would like to use your genre guide and your color chart in the elementary school Libguide I am creating for my OPALS library catalog. May I have your permission to use these resources on this online platform, and if so, how shall I give you credit for your work.
    Thank you,
    Deborah McKenney


    1. School Library Owl 01/09/2021 at 11:15 am

      Hello Deborah,
      Thank you for your message! I am very happy for you to add the genre guide and colour chart to your Libguide. The genre guide has the library owl site at the end so this should be enough. For the colour guide if you are able to add credit just putting the link to libraryowl.edublogs.org would be appreciated. I do hope to add more at some stage down the track to this Blog, I work now with 5-8 years old girls so a few things have changed for me! Could I ask what country you are contacting me from? Kind regards, Josephine


      1. Ms. McKenney 06/09/2021 at 9:59 am

        Thank you so much for your generous sharing of these wonderful resources. I am in New York State.


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