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A Journey through Genres

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Karen Callis

on 12 April 2014

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Transcript of A Journey through Genres

A Journey through Genres

Fictional stories are made up by a writer. These stories are usually written in sentences and paragraphs, with chapters that describe different events. Since they are made up by the writer, many fiction stories have events or characters that could not happen in real life. For example, a talking dog would be a good clue that the story you are reading is fictional! However, some stories SEEM real, even though they are made up. Those stories are called realistic fiction. Other fiction stories include myths, historical fiction, mysteries, science fiction, fables, folktales, and legends.
Nonfiction is a kind of writing that gives facts and true information. Nonfiction tells you about something that really happened. Biographies and science discovery books are examples of nonfiction writing.

Some nonfiction books look like comic books, but they still contain true information.
Poetry looks different from any other kind of writing. Poetry is often written in short lines. Lines often rhyme and are grouped together in stanzas. Sometimes every line begins with a capital letter. Poetry can be either fiction or nonfiction.
Dramas are written for people to act out. Plays and skits are two examples of dramas. Dramas look different from other kinds of writing, too. The characters' names are written out, and the words they speak are written beside them. Dramas also have special instructions that tell you what the stage looks like and how the characters should look or act. Drama can be either fiction or nonfiction.
What kind of book would you like to read?
Let's watch how Cesar decided to choose a book.

Student Survey
Take a few minutes before you go to the shelves to complete the student book survey. Think about what types of stories you like to read before choosing your next book.
Common Core Standard 4.RL.5 and 5.RL.5: Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose
AASL Standard 1.1.6 Read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (e.g., textual, visual, media, digital) in order to make inferences and gather meaning.
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