A Study of Book Genres Amanda Deising IDT 7064 University of Memphis June 22, 2010 T he more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. ~ Dr. Seuss ~
A type of fiction that contain elements such as characters or settings that could not exist in life as we know it today. Examples include characters such as dragons or animals with human characteristics. Settings might be magical or other-world. Fantasy books are marked with a "Fantasy" sticker on the spine label and are given a call number of "F" (for fiction) and located within the Fiction section.
Books like Twilight and Harry Potter exploded on the the scene, creating a group of readers that otherwise may never have found their niche.
give a historically accurate portrayal of life during a particular time in history. They have a strong sense of place and time. This type of book has a call number of "F" and is located alphabetically by author's name within the fiction section
I have discovered that this a genre that older kids, such as 4-6 graders enjoy.
Set in present-day, the characters encounter modern day difficulties and dilemmas. Realistic fiction includes mysteries, adventure stories, humorous stories, and much more. This type of book has a call number of "F" and is located alphabetically by author's name within the fiction section.
Extermely popular with girls grades 4-6 because it deals with real life problems and issues.
stories that involve a suspenseful event (often a crime of some type). The reader uses clues from the story and gradually discovers who has committed the crime to solve the mystery by the end of the story. All mysteries in our library are marked with a "Mystery" sticker and have a call number of "F" and are located alphabetically by author's name within the fiction section
Informational books written by credible authors. Nonfiction books explain how things work, tell facts about many different topics, and show us how to do various things. Nonfiction books are located in a separate area of our library and use call numbers from the Dewey Decimal System.
When discussing Non-fiction with students it is important to provide them with a basic understanding of how the Dewey Decimal system works. Here are a couple of presentations about the Dewey Decimal System for various age groups.
Doin ' Dewey grades k-1.ppt
Dewey Decimal Classification System grades 2-3.ppt
Stories that have been passed down to us over the years by real people. There are many types of folktales, including fables, tall tales, myths, and fairy tales. This type of book usually has a call number of 398.2 and can be found in the nonfiction area of our library.
Fables are brief stories that teach a lesson or moral. The characters are usually animals, but they are given human characteristics. An example of a fable is "The Fox and the Grapes." Tall Tales are folktales that have a key element of exaggeration, such as Paul Bunyan.
Fairy Tales usually have magical elements with characters that could be fairies, giants, or elves. Many times magical deeds are performed. Cinderella is an example of a fairy tale. powerpoints from ICL 7301Versions of the Fairytale little red riding hood.ppt
Myths are stories that serve to explain some phenomenon of nature. Many incorporate gods and goddesses within the story. The story of King Midas is a myth.
Includes verses or poems. Poems may be humorous, serious, lyrical, or narrative (tells a story). Many poems have a rhythm and meter. Poems create imagery. Poetry books use a call number of "811" (those by American authors) or "821" (those by English authors) and are located within the nonfiction area of the library.
A very useful PowerPoint lesson on teaching poetry , by Kristy Johnson, it is useful not only for Kindergarten but for older kids as well.
histories of a person's life or parts of his/her life. A biography that is written by a person about his/her own life is called an autobiography. These are located in the nonfiction area, and have a call number of "92" in my library. Sometimes biographies of several people are grouped together within one book. These are called collective biographies and are given the call number "920" in my library.