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Genre Cheat Sheet


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Genre Cheat Sheet

  1. 1. GENRE CHEAT SHEET Traditional Literature Storied passed down for generations through oral story-telling Myths, legends, folktales, fairy tales, tall tales, nursery rhymes Foundation for fantasy Fantasy Characters: talking animals, mythical creatures, magic users Setting: often medieval, time travel / magic Science Fiction Characters: mutants, robots, aliens, “mad” scientist, talking computer Setting: advanced tech. cities, space ships, space, galaxy, time travel, technology Plot: alien attacks / visits, time traveling, technology is important, experiments “gone wrong” Realistic Fiction Characters: everyday people doing everyday things Setting: modern times, realistic places Plot: realistic events Historical Fiction Characters: famous historical people Setting: in the past, historical / important sites Plot: authentic, historical events / average or significant people Mystery Characters: detective, investigators, spies Setting: crime scenes, detective / police office, haunted places Plot: crime or mysterious events, clues that lead to a solution Biography / Autobiography / Memoir Biography—story of someone’s life written by someone else Autobiography—story of someone’s life written by themselves Memoir—a short account of the author’s experiences written by themselves Informational Purpose: provides information on a wide range of topics Non-fiction (Informs the reader on topics they want to be informed on) Science, crafts, sports, articles, history, etc. Poetry Shortened form of writing Figurative language: metaphors, similes, personification Author’s expression of feelings / opinions Can follow a specific form or structure *Adapted from Donalyn Miller The Book Whisperer