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Transcript of Genre Characteristics
by Carolyn Keene. Realistic Fiction Realistic fiction stories often
take place in modern time. In these stories characters are often involved in events that could really happen. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series are another realistic fiction stories. Clementine, by Sara Pennypacker, is
one of many realistic fiction stories. Just Grace is about a girl who likes to do whatever she wants. As you can see through the summary, Just Grace is a realistic fiction story. Science Fiction Science Fiction is stories that often tell
about science and technology of the future. They also involve partially true fictions, laws, or theories of science. Settings: In the future In space On a different
world In a different
universe or dimension Star Wars is one of many
science fiction books. Magic School Bus is a series well loved by science teachers. The fact that it is about science makes it science fiction. Biography A biography is a subgenre of narrative nonfiction/historical nonfiction. A biography also presents the facts about an individual's life. A biography often starts with birth and goes to death. Walt Disney is a biography because it was written by Sarah Tieck but about Walt Disney. Helen Keller was written by George
Sullivan, but is about Helen Keller. Tall Tales Tall tales are subgenres of narrative fiction/folktales. Tall tales include "improvement" on actual happenings. Tall tales include realism with exaggeration. Fables are short tales meant to teach a lesson. Fables often use animals as characters. Fables are always very breif stories. Arguments are the process of presenting or comprehending a reasoned case. Arguments inquire into problems and possible soulutions. An argument might be based on a desire for something. You may want to persuade or convince others to change belief or take action during an argument. Satires Satires are texts using sarcasm and rudeness. Satires make fun of human folly and vice. When you read satires you will notice that charactrs are being made fun of. Fables Argument Fairytale Fairytales are usually set in midevil settings. The characters of fairytales are usually set in pairs of 3's or 7's. Fairytales do not have to include fairies. Fairytales often start with once upon a time. In fairytales there are often good characters and evil characters. Autobiography Autobiographies are stories that are about the person who wrote them. Autobiographies often go from birth to death. Autobiographies state the events in ones life. The Diary of A Young Girl was written and about Anne Frank. In Knots in My Yo-yo String, Jerry Spinelli explains his life story. Small Steps was written and about Peg Kehret's hard life as a child. Usually when people are trying to get you to buy something they carry on into arguments. As you can see throught the title, Paul Bunyan is a tall tale. Davy Croket Earthquake is another example of a tall tale. The Boy Who Cried Wolf is a fable because it teaches the boy that you should never try to trick other people. The Tortoise and the Hare teaches the hare that even if you are small and short you can still do something. Shrek is a satire because they use a lot of sarcasm in the movie and the book. Sleeping Beauty is a well known and loved fairytale by children all over the world. Cinderella is a fairytale because it starts with once upon a time and there are evil and good characters. Snow White is a fairytale about a girl who gets lost and brought into a home with 7 dwarfs.