Sometimes it can be difficult to find independent tasks to go with your mini-lesson focus. One time when we run across this in the classroom is when we are learning about genres. Finding independent tasks that give the students practice differentiating between genres can be difficult. We created a fantasy and reality card sort to give your students the opportunity to practice the difference between the genres. You might choose to use this first during a mini-lesson and have the students work with you to sort the cards. Or, place the cards at a center and have students work with their group to sort. For students who are having a difficult time grasping the concept, these cards could be used during your small group instruction time with your guidance.