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Genre Posters with Handouts $
Ever stumble with what questions to ask students about their reading? This lists within (summarizing, word solving, fluency), beyond (making connections, predicting, inferring, synthesizing), and about (analyzing, critiquing) questions for each genre of fiction and nonfiction. Plus extension activities for each genre and other great ideas for small group reading instruction. ($-paid product)
Realistic fiction is a popular genre for Literature Circles because kids can relate to them. Visit this page on Laura Candler's Teaching Resources to read recommendations of great realistic fiction books for upper elementary and middle school students. These titles were recommended by teachers who have used them with their own students.