Type or form of artistic expression including artistic genres, musical genres, literary genres, etc. as well as social contexts that give rise to the need for particular types of text.

Genre is seen as defined primarily by the purpose of a text, with the features of the text following from its purpose.  There are many different text genres because there are many different social contexts and purposes for texts.

  • signal (e.g., signs indicating sections of the store)
  • label (e.g., labels on food products)
  • advertise (e.g., the weekly circular)
  • inform (e.g., nutrition labels on products)
  • advertise and entitle (e.g., as with coupons)

Quick Facts about Genre:   
  • Success in school and beyond requires the ability to understand and to write particular genres, such as personal narrative text and nonfiction informational text.
  • Don’t assume a child understands all genres because they understand one
  • Instruction in one genre does not necessarily transfer to another.
  • Genre development is an important aspect of literacy development.
Duke, Nell K. (2009). Modifications by Shedd, Megan K.  Concepts of Print
and Genre
[PowerPoint Slides].  Retrieved from University of Michigan State.