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Literary Genres

This presentation is meant to provide children with the tools to define literary genres

David A

on 17 September 2010

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Literary Genres All you need to know First things First Is the book fiction or nonfiction? Steps Fiction = Books that are made up by the author or books that have characters that never existed in the real world Nonfiction = Books that are true and are about real people, events, and places Examples of Fiction
Harry Potter
The Giver
What type of fiction or nonfiction is this book?
Identify the traits or clues that tell you what type of genre the book is To be fiction or no to be Fiction Fiction Examples of nonfiction
Autobiography or Biography
Any book that is giving you facts about a person, place, time, or ideal Examples of nonfiction Different Types of Fiction Drama /Play
Historical fiction
Realistic fiction
Science fiction
Short Story
Tall Tale

Different Types of Nonfiction Autobiography
Expository To help you guys out, I'm going to use movies and books to explain the differences of each genre, so can identify them Fable: a story that teaches a lesson, often using animal characters that behave like people Example
The Tortoise and the Hare

Being overconfident in yourself can lead to mistakes Fantasy: a story about characters or a world that is not real or doesn't exist. Example

Is there such thing as talking Donkey or Ogre? Folktale: an old story about a group of people that reveals beliefs and customs about them. It is usually handed down by word of mouth, so the original author is unkown Example
Juan Verdades: The Man Who Couldn't Tell a Lie Historical Fiction: stories about people and events that happened in the past, but there are made-up parts of the story and often the main character is not real. Example
On the Banks of Plum Creek orTitanic (the movie) Drama/Play: a story that is told mostly through dialogue and is meant to be performed on stage Example
Three Little Cyper Pigs or Romeo & Juliette Legend: a story that is based on fact but often includes exaggerations about the hero Example
King Arthur or 300 Myth: an ancient story that explains they mysteries of life or nature often pertaining to the actions of the gods Example
Greek Mythology like Pandora's Box or Hercules Realistic Fiction: stories that have characters, events and settings that could exist in real life Example
Because of Winn-Dixie, Mean Girls or Rules Tall tale: a humorous story that tells about impossible events and exaggerates the accomplishments of the hero Example
The Bunyans or John Henry Clues to help you identify a Fable
Is it a short story?
Is there a lesson being taught?
Are there animals acting like people? Clues to help you identify a Folktale
Does the story have an original author?
Are there many different versions of the story?
Does the story tell you about a certain group of people? Clues to help you identify a Historical Fiction book
Is the book based on historical events or person?
Is the main character or point of view coming from a person who is not real? Clues to help you identify a Drama/Play
Is the story told using Dialogue ?
Is the story meant to be performed in front of an audience?
Is there stage direction in the story (telling the characters what to do, how to look, or where to go)?
Are there scences? Clues to help you identify a Realistic Fiction story/book
Could the characters exist in the real world?
Is the setting realistic?
Are the events in story possible? Clues to help you identify a Tall Tale
Is there a hero in the story?
Does the hero do impossible and amazing acts or feats?
Are the feats of the hero surrounded in humor? Real Quick Nonfiction Expository nonfiction: gives you information about a topic Examples
Atlas, Weaving a California Tradition, Time for Kids, or National Geographics for Kids Clues to help you identify a Expository text
Is this text telling you about a topic?
Is this text telling you how to do something?
Is this text a article? Autobiography vs biography
Both of these are true stories about a real person
Remeber though, when you add "auto" to biography, it means that the author is the same person who the story is about
Biography means someone else is writing about a true story about a real person

Questions to ask to identify an autobiography and biography
Is this a story a about a real person?
Is the author of the story the same person who the story is about?
Example of a Biography Example of a Autobiography
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