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  • LITERARY GENRES How do you organize books?
  • Literary Genres Definition: categories used to group different types of literary work, such as nonfiction, fiction, fantasy, informational, and poetry What are some other types of genres?
  • Three Major Categories Genre Fiction Nonfiction Other
  • Genre - Fiction Fantasy Historical Fiction Horror Humor Mystery/Suspense Realistic Fiction Science Fiction Short Story Traditional Literature
  • Fantasy  A story based on things that could NOT happen in real life (talking animals, magic, etc.).  What FANTASY books have you read? Definition Examples
  • Historical Fiction  A fictional story that takes place in a particular time period in the past. Often the setting is real, but the characters are made up from the author’s imagination.  What HISTORICAL FICTION books have you read? Definition Examples
  • Horror  A story which is intended to, or has the capacity to frighten its readers, inducing feelings of horror and terror. It creates an eerie atmosphere.  What HORROR books have you read? Definition Examples
  • Humor  A story full of fun, fancy, and excitement meant to entertain the reader.  What HUMOROUS books have you read? Definition Examples
  • Mystery/Suspense  A suspenseful story about a puzzling event that is not solved until the end of the story.  What MYSTERY or SUSPENSE books have you read? Definition Examples
  • Realistic Fiction  A story using made- up characters that could happen in real life.  What REALISTIC FICTION books have you read? Definition Examples
  • Science Fiction  A story in which the imaginary elements could be scientifically possible (robots, time machines, etc.).  What SCIENCE FICTION books have you read? Definition Examples
  • Short Story  A work of fiction that presents a sequence of events, or plot, that deals with a conflict.  What SHORT STORIES have you read? Definition Examples
  • Traditional Literature  Stories that are passed down from one group to another in history. This includes folktales, legends, fables, fairy tales, tall tales, and myths from different cultures.  What TRADITIONAL LITERATURE books have you read? Definition Examples
  • Genre - Nonfiction Essay Informational Literary Nonfiction
  • Essay  A short literary composition on a single subject.  What ESSAYS have you read or written? Definition Examples
  • Informational  Texts that provide facts & information about a variety of topics.  What INFORMATIONAL books have you read? Definition Examples
  • Literary Nonfiction  Nonfiction that tells a story.  What LITERARY NONFICTION books have you read? Definition Examples
  • Other Genres Drama Poetry
  • Drama  Literature that is intended to be performed before an audience; a play or opera.  What DRAMAS have you read or watched? Definition Examples
  • Poetry  Poetry is verse written to create a response of thought and feeling from the reader. It often uses rhythm and rhyme to help convey its meaning.  What POETRY books have you read? Definition Examples
  • Genres  Everything written can be placed in genre!  Can you think of books that can be placed in more than one genre?