Genres and literature When you speak about genre andliterature, genre means a category, or kind of story.
All categories of books or stories can be called either fiction or non-fiction. Fiction Non-Fiction• a made up story • has facts that can be• can tell about things checked and proven that could happen • the author is an expert• is read for fun on this information• characters may be like • it IS TRUE! real people or imaginary
Realistic FictionRealistic fiction is made up of stories thatcould really happen. Contemporaryrealistic fiction is realistic fiction that isset in modern times.
Examples of Realistic FictionBecause of Winn DixieCrashOwl MoonShilohDiary of a Wimpy KidBabysitter Club seriesThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Historical FictionHistorical ﬁction is madeup of stories that takeplace in a certain timeand place in the past.Real historical ﬁguresand settings may beincluded in a ﬁctionstory.
Examples of Historical FictionA Boy at WarThe HelpBen and MeThe ButterﬂyGone With the WindSign of the BeaverTitanic CrossingDear America SeriesThe Color PurpleSchindlers List
FolkloreFolklore includes stories, myths,and fables that people told oneanother over the years. Later thestories were written down.
Examples of FolkloreAesop’s FablesBeauty and the BeastThe BunyansCinderellaJohn HenryThe Talking EggsThe Tortoise and the Hare
FantasyFantasy is ﬁction that has elementsthat are not real. Sometimes thisincludes talking animals or characterswith magical powers. There’s usuallya conﬂict between good and evil.
Alice’s Adventures inWonderland Examples ofCharlotte’s Web FantasyRunning With theDemonLion, Witch, and theWardrobeLord of the RingsHarry Potter Series
• Special beginning and/ Fairy Tale Fairy Tale or ending words - Once upon a time...and they lived happily ever after.• Good character• Evil character• Royalty and/or a castle usually present• Magic happens• Problem and a Solution• Things often happen in "threes" or "sevens"
Examples of Fairy TaleThe Dog and Her Little Glass SlipperCinderellaThe Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
MysteryMysteries are stories that havea real setting and a problem tobe solved that includes clues,distractions, and an answer tothe problem.
Examples of MysteryThe House of Dies DrearNever Say DieThe Treehouse MysteryMystery of the Midnight MessageEncyclopedia Brown SeriesBoxcar Children Mysteries
Science FictionScience Fiction is made up ofstories that blend fact and ﬁctionwith futuristic technology.
Examples of Science Fiction Aliens for Breakfast A Wrinkle in Time My Best Friend is Invisible Star Wars The Time Machine
AdventureThe characters (and the reader) can always expectthe worst - the main characters can, and usually do,have everything thrown at them. Action, action andmore action are hallmarks of a goodadventure/suspense book. The entire read is a rollercoaster ride of chills and excitement with the laststop (and page) not always ending in happiness. Andfinally, there must be a villain, for without afoe…without an adversary, there can be noadventure…nosuspense.
Examples of AdventureThe Whipping BoyIsland of the Blue DolphinsAbel’s IslandThe Cay
PoetryPoetry is verse written toinspire thoughts and feelings inthe reader. It often uses rhymeand rhythm, or it can be writtenin free verse.
Examples of PoetryWhere the Sidewalk EndsNew Kid on the BlockChocolate Dreams: PoemsMammalabiliaA Pizza the Size of the SunLove That Dog
InformationalInformational books arenonﬁction books that give truefacts on a variety of subjects.