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Knowledge and Skills Statement

Multiple genres: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts--genres. The student recognizes and analyzes genre-specific characteristics, structures, and purposes within and across increasingly complex traditional, contemporary, classical, and diverse texts.

This can be assessed by asking students to name the specific characteristics of a book that are unique to the genre while reading a text in a whole-group or small-group context.


  • Fable: A story that teaches a lesson and often has animals that talk
  • Folktale: A story that is passed on through different families and cultures
  • Fairy Tales: A story that begins with "once upon a time," has good and evil characters, and often has a happy ending
  • Nursery Rhymes: A short poem or chant that typically has rhyming words
material written and produced to inform or entertain children and young adults
A fable is a short tale in prose or verse that teaches a moral, especially, a tale using animals and inanimate objects as characters (e.g., “The Tortoise and the Hare”).
A fairy tale is a traditional story that includes extraordinary characters (e.g., magical creatures, princesses and evil queens) and magical events that usually has a happy ending.
A folktale is a story, tale, or legend of unknown origin that becomes well known through oral tradition and repeated storytelling (e.g., “Jack and the Beanstalk,”)
A nursery rhyme is a song, poem, or rhyme intended for very young children that includes rhyming words (e.g.,Hey! Diddle, Diddle,” “Humpty Dumpty,” and “Jack and Jill).