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Teaching Genre 3rd-5th


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This presentation can be used to help students see the difference between Fiction and Non-Fiction, while delving deeper into 9 separate genres.

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Teaching Genre 3rd-5th

  1. 1. What Type of Book Am I Reading?! By: Sandy Liptak
  2. 2. Fiction or Non-Fiction? FICTION • A made up story from the author’s imagination • May be based on some facts or something that happened to the author • Beginning, Middle, End • Read for fun or NON-FICTION • Retelling of actual people, places, or events • Based on provable facts • Table of Contents • Read for information or to learn
  3. 3. GENRE According to the Dictionary: noun 1. A class or category of artistic, endeavor having a particular form, content, technique, or the like 2. kind; sort; style 3. Of or pertaining to a distinctive literary type That’s just a fancy way of explaining the “theme” of a story
  4. 4. WHAT ARE THE 9 TYPES OF FICTION GENRES?•Adventure •Fantasy •Historical Fiction •Humor •Mystery •Scary •Science Fiction •Sports •Realistic Fiction
  5. 5. ADVENTURE *An exciting story in which the characters either travel on a journey or experience dangerous events •Main character is smart and curious •Characters travel through many action-packed scenes
  6. 6. FANTASY *A story including elements that are impossible, such as talking animals or magical powers •Magic •Superhuman abilities •Animals with human characteristics •Mythical creatures
  7. 7. HISTORICAL *A fictional story with real and invented characters that takes place during an historical time •Some fact, some fiction •Events and features are true to the time period
  8. 8. HUMOR *A story that involves either funny characters or silly situations •Characters like to joke around and/or play tricks •Solutions to problems usually provoke laughter and amusement
  9. 9. MYSTERY *A suspenseful story about a puzzling event that is not solved until the end of the story •Main character is smart and capable •Unrelated elements are called “red herrings”
  10. 10. SCARY *A frightening story that intends to scare the reader •Unusual and spooky characters and/or settings •Alarming events that often involve ghosts or other supernatural events.
  11. 11. SCIENCE FICTION *A story that blends futuristic technology with scientific fact and fiction •Strange society & rules, or unknown planets. •Features technology that hasn’t yet been developed. •Usually suspenseful
  12. 12. SPORTS *A story with a plot centering around a sport •Main characters are athletic •Problem focuses on a particular sport
  13. 13. REALISTIC FICTION *A story using made-up characters that includes only real-life possibilities •Characters seem real •Humans act like humans •Animals act like animals •All events could really happen
  14. 14. 1. Historical Fiction is set in the future. FALSE. Historical Fiction is set in the past.
  15. 15. 2. Fantasy often contains unrealistic or impossible elements. TRUE. Unrealistic elements are what make it Fantasy!
  16. 16. 3. Sports gives clues to solving a crime or puzzle. False. A Mystery gives clues ,but be careful of “red herrings”! 
  17. 17. 4. Science Fiction can feature technology not yet available. TRUE. “Sci-Fi” employs futuristic concepts and technology.
  18. 18. 5. Realistic Fiction could have happened, but didn’t. TRUE. Everything in it is based on real-life possibilities.
  19. 19. 6. Fantasy cannot include anything from real-life. FALSE. Some things can be realistic, but ANY unrealistic elements (like magic) make it Fantasy.
  20. 20. 7. Adventure can include a sense of danger. TRUE, the characters travel through many action-packed events, and some may be dangerous.
  21. 21. 8. If an animal talks, the story’s genre is Fantasy. TRUE. But wouldn’t that be great if it were real?