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Transcript of Literary Genres
Literary Genres, Elements, and Devices
Fiction and Nonfiction
Fiction: writing that is a product
of the imagination.
Nonfiction: writing that is true or
Forms of Fiction
Genres are categories of literature.
Genres may fall under one of two categories:
Fiction and Nonfiction.
a long narrative that describes fictional characters and events, usually in sequential order.
writing that is concerned with the beauty of language.
writing that appears as a play or script.
brief work of literature, usually written in narrative prose.
stories that were handed down through the oral tradition.
writing that is longer than short stories but shorter than novels.
a book containing useful facts or specially organized information.
a history of a person's life written or told by that person.
a written essay that is publicly spoken to an audience with intent to inform, demonstrate, explain, or persuade.
report on recent events and provide in-depth coverage of interesting people, topics, and trends.
a short piece of writing written from an author's personal point of view.
A being involved in the action of a story
The way that the writer arranges the
plot of a story.
Point of View
when (time) and where (place) it happens.
based on or around a person or event from history
a story that could have happened, but did not.
dealing with aliens, the future, or advanced technology.
containing monsters, magic, or other supernatural elements.
stories based on events that once occurred but have been exaggerated beyond the point of nonfiction.
very short stories containing a lesson or moral, usually with talking animals.
contains gods or goddesses and often accounts for the creation of something.
stories where the main character has exaggerated strengths, skills, or size.
a story with magic, monsters, and/or talking animals.
a written account of the series of events that make up a person's life.
characters' words: the words spoken by characters
the act of speaking alone or to oneself
The character the story revolves around. (main or round character)
A character or force that opposes
a character in a story, not greatly important to the story, but may illuminate the protagonist (flat character)
a character that remains the same
A character that changes in some important way
The choices an author makes to reveal a character's personality, such as appearance, actions, dialogue, and motivations
Forms of Media
are motion pictures that tell stories. They use camera shots, sound effects, music, actors, and sets to tell a story.
Dramas, sitcoms, and other programs broadcast on television. Usually meant to inform or entertain.
Reports on recent events in newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, and the Web. They are intended to inform but need to be closely examined for accuracy and bias.
The promotion of products, services, and ideas using print and broadcast media. Designed to persuade a target market/audience to buy a product or agree with an idea.
uses text, graphics, audio, and video to present information.