Objective:The Learner will select,read, and enjoy a varietyof texts.
A Genre Is a Type or Kind of Literature
Characteristics of Mysteries• Usually, something strange happens . . . like something is stolen or disappears, or worse yet someone is killed.• A detective tries to solve the mystery to find out who did it.• Clues lead the detective to solve the mystery.
Characteristics of Realistic Fiction• It seems like it could happen today.• Characters seem like real people.• It usually happens in a common place.
Characteristics of Historical Fiction• The story happens at a DIFFERENT time in history (WWII, the Wild West, the Depression).• It could have happened as the story was written.
Characteristics of Fantasy or Science Fiction• Something in the book happens that couldn’t happen in real life.• May include magic, ghosts, and talking animals.
Fairy Tales & Folklore
Characteristics of Fairy Tales or Folklore• Often begin with “Once upon a time” or end with “Happily ever after.”• Include magical characters.• Characters are “good” or “bad.”• Are available in many different versions because of their spoken storytelling tradition.
Characteristics of Adventure• A story involving great action or some sort of exciting event.• Often takes place in the outdoors.
Characteristics of Tall Tales• Trickery or cleverness• Adventure (often from our country’s westward expansion)• Larger than life qualities often based on a real person• Exaggeration used to make it entertaining
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