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Title: Literary Genres


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Literary Genres
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What is a genre?
  • Imagine you have to explain it to your 8 year old
    sister.
  • A way of organizing works into categories
  • A way to name the general content of a book

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Two-Faced Genre
  • NON-FICTION
  • Stories that are true
  • Based on real people, places, events, or objects
  • Includes true FACTS
  • FICTION
  • Stories that are made up by the author
  • Are not true
  • The best part of the fiction in many novels is
    the notice that the characters are purely
    imaginary.
  • Franklin Adams, 1881-1960

4
Realistic Fiction
  • Definition A modern day story that contains
    events that could actually happen, BUT the
    characters are made-up
  • Problems at school, family problems, divorce,
    self-image problems, arguments with friends
  • Example Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

5
Historical Fiction
  • Definition a story that takes place during a
    historical time period, but it revolves around
    made up characters and events.
  • Often the setting (where it takes place) is real,
    but the characters are made-up.
  • outdated language (like Ye olde school)
  • outdated clothes (bonnet)
  • historical events (The Battle of Georgetown or
    The Holocaust)
  • Real people (George Washington)
  • Example Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

6
Fantasy
  • A story that includes impossible elements that
    are made-up such as talking animals or magical
    powers. Make-believe is what this genre is all
    about!
  • talking animals, magical powers, mythical
    creatures, medieval knights in a made up land,
    swords, magic potions, elves
  • Example Harry Potter series

7
Science Fiction
  • Definition A story which includes advanced and
    far-fetched (made up) science and technology or
    revolves around time travel and space
  • science experiments gone wrong or right,
    impossible medical advances, aliens, space
    travel, new planets or worlds, zombies (!), a
    future dystopian society
  • Examples World War Z, The Giver, The Hunger
    Games

8
Mystery
  • Definition A suspenseful story about a puzzling
    event or problem that needs to be solved.
  • Often includes a detective, clues, an unsolved
    crime, a disappearance
  • Key words victim, missing items, a theft
  • Example Sherlock Holmes

9
Action/Adventure
  • Definition An exciting story that revolves
    around a character going on journey or a quest
  • The characters often face personal risk or
    physical danger
  • Journey, quest, obstacles, challenges, battles,
    tasks to complete, nature, storms
  • Example The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen or the
    Indiana Jones movies

10
Horror
  • Definition A story that intends to scare,
    unsettle, or horrify the audience
  • Often includes scary settings, a creepy tone,
    strange or disturbing characters
  • Key words- murder, blood, gore, evil creatures,
    or ghosts
  • Examples Paranormal Activity movie

11
Always Honest Non-Fiction
  • Informational texts
  • Biography
  • Autobiography
  • NON-FICTION
  • Stories that are true
  • Based on real people, places, events, or objects

12
Informational Texts
  • Texts that provide facts about a variety of
    topics
  • sports, animals, science, history, careers,
    travel, geography, space,

13
Biography
  • The story of a real persons life written by
    another person.
  • Includes factual information about a famous
    person, topic, or event

14
Auto-Biography
  • The story of a real persons life that is written
    by that person.
  • Includes facts about a famous person, topic, or
    event
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