Literary Genres

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Literary Genres

  1. 1. LITERARY GENRES How do you organize books?
  2. 2. 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?
  3. 3. Three Major Categories Genre Fiction Nonfiction Other
  4. 4. Genre - Fiction Fantasy Historical Fiction Horror Humor Mystery/Suspense Realistic Fiction Science Fiction Short Story Traditional Literature
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. Humor  A story full of fun, fancy, and excitement meant to entertain the reader.  What HUMOROUS books have you read? Definition Examples
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. Realistic Fiction  A story using made- up characters that could happen in real life.  What REALISTIC FICTION books have you read? Definition Examples
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. Genre - Nonfiction Essay Informational Literary Nonfiction
  15. 15. Essay  A short literary composition on a single subject.  What ESSAYS have you read or written? Definition Examples
  16. 16. Informational  Texts that provide facts & information about a variety of topics.  What INFORMATIONAL books have you read? Definition Examples
  17. 17. Literary Nonfiction  Nonfiction that tells a story.  What LITERARY NONFICTION books have you read? Definition Examples
  18. 18. Other Genres Drama Poetry
  19. 19. Drama  Literature that is intended to be performed before an audience; a play or opera.  What DRAMAS have you read or watched? Definition Examples
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. Genres  Everything written can be placed in genre!  Can you think of books that can be placed in more than one genre?

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