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  1. 1. Elements of Literature: Genre Mrs. Bentheim, 6 th Grade Reading
  2. 2. <ul><li>Literature = (noun) 1. written or spoken material. 2. creative writing to more technical or scientific works </li></ul>
  3. 3. Genre = (noun) 1: a kind of literary work 2: a style of expressing yourself in writing S. Bolmeier/MPS
  4. 4. <ul><li>Traditional Literature </li></ul><ul><li>Fantasy </li></ul><ul><li>Science Fiction </li></ul><ul><li>Historical Fiction </li></ul><ul><li>Mystery </li></ul>Genres We’ll Explore <ul><li>Realistic Fiction </li></ul><ul><li>Information </li></ul><ul><li>Biography </li></ul><ul><li>Autobiography </li></ul><ul><li>Poetry </li></ul>
  5. 5. Essential Questions <ul><li>Why study literature? </li></ul><ul><li>Why study genre? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the main characteristics of each genre? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why study literature? <ul><li>historical or cultural artifact </li></ul><ul><li>introduces us to new worlds of experience </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why study genre? <ul><li>author’s frame of reference </li></ul><ul><li>helps the reader select literature based on his or her interest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: TV cartoon vs. TV crime drama </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. All categories or genres of literature can be classified as fiction , non-fiction , or both.
  9. 9. Fiction <ul><li>a made up story </li></ul><ul><li>can tell about things that could happen </li></ul><ul><li>is read for fun </li></ul><ul><li>characters may be like real people or imaginary </li></ul>
  10. 10. Fiction Genres
  11. 17. Now … <ul><li>You will look through the Scholastic Book Order and classify at least one book for each genre. </li></ul><ul><li>You may work with ONE other student. </li></ul>
  12. 18. Finally … <ul><li>Write down two new things you learned today in the L section of your K-W-L chart. </li></ul><ul><li>Share those two things with the person next to you. </li></ul>