What is genre?Why is it important to know genre?• Genre is a kind or type of works of literature• Books belonging to a genre share the samecharacteristics ofplot, theme, tone, mood, settings, andcharacters• Once you identify genres you like, it makesselecting books easier• We color code our book spines by genre tohelp you quickly identify books of interest
Types of Genres• Non-fiction• Historical Fiction• Realistic Fiction• Fantasy Fiction• Science Fiction
Characteristics of Non-Fiction• Informational text• Explains a subject or concept using facts aboutthe real world• Biographies – real people
Characteristics of Historical Fiction• Stories have basis in historical event or centeraround a historical figure• Setting is a historical period• Actual and fictional characters
Characteristics of Realistic Fiction• Story could take place in real world• Characters seem real• Setting is in the here and now
Compare & ContrastNon-Fiction, Historical & Realistic Fiction• Non-Fiction vs. Historical Fiction– Non-Fiction is true and factual– Historical Fiction is based on actual events/peoplebut included some made up elements• Historical Fiction vs. Realistic Fiction– Historical Fiction takes place in a past era– Realistic Fiction takes place in the here and now
Characteristics of Fantasy Fiction• Setting is often a make-believe andimaginative world• Contains elements that are not realistic– Creatures that aren’t real– Talking animals– Magical powers– Fairy Tale elements
Characteristics of Science Fiction• Includes futuristic science/technology• Could include partially true sciencelaws/theories but advances or changes them• Settings:– In the future– In space– In a different world, universe, or dimension
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules VernThree explores go on ajourney to discover whatlies in the center of theEarth. One is a Scientistanother a student ofgeology and the last is aservant. They use aspecial machine to travelbellow the earths crust viaa volcano and theydiscover another world.What genre is it?
A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’EngleThe story is about Meg who is amisfit at school and her youngerbrother, Charles Wallace Murray.One night during a wild stormthe Murray’s meet Mrs Whatsit, anew neighbor, and quite anodd character. Mrs Whatsit is notwhat she seems, and Meg,Charles Wallace, and their friendCalvin OKeefe, are whiskedaway on an adventure acrossspace.What genre is it?
Gossamer by Lois LowryDreams are bestowed ontohumans by tiny creaturescalled, dream givers.Nightmares come fromother creatures calledsinisteeds. The lives of alonely old woman and ayoung boy with an abusivepast are tied togetherthrough the dreams theyshare that are given by thedream givers.What genre is it?
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz RyanEsperanza thought shedalways live with her familyon their ranch in Mexico--shed always have fancydresses, a beautifulhome, and servants. But asudden tragedy forcesEsperanza and Mama to fleeto California during theGreat Depression, and tosettle in a camp for Mexicanfarm workers.What genre is it?
Amelia Earhart: Courage in the Skyby Mona KerbyThis biographic book isabout Amelia Earhart whois a famous aviator becauseshe was the first woman tofly across the AtlanticOcean. She is also famousbecause in her 1937around-the-world flight shedisappeared. Herdisappearance is still amystery.What genre is it?
Flush by Carl HiaasenNoah Underwood lives inparadise but he has problems.His dad is in jail because hestopped a casino boat fromillegal dumping of sewage intoFlorida’s Keys water by sinkingthe boat. Now Noah isdetermined to stop the dumpingof raw sewage into the waters.Noah soon sees this is difficultbecause the illegal dumpinghave baffled theprosecutors, the local press, andthe Coast Guard.What genre is it?
The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963by Christopher Paul CurtisThe Watsons are a blackfamily of five living in 1960sFlint, Michigan. The parentsdecide to send the oldestboy, Byron, to live with themothers mother inBirmingham Alabamabecause she is very strict.They arrive in Birminghamjust in time to witness oneof the more tragic events ofthe Civil Rightsmovement, the bombing ofthe Sixteenth St. BaptistChurch.What genre is it?