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Genre and Subgenre

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Samantha Dutton

on 16 October 2013

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Transcript of Genre and Subgenre

Drama Subgenres
Genre and Subgenre
Categories of Writing
Types of Genre
Nonfiction: writing that is true
Fiction: imaginative or made up writing
Folklore: stories once passed down orally
Drama: a play or script
Poetry: writing concerned with the beauty of language

Nonfiction: persuasive writing, informational writing, autobiography, and biography

Fiction: historical fiction, science fiction, realistic fiction, and fantasy

Drama: comedy and tragedy

Poetry: many subgenres we will not study…

Fiction Subgenres

Folklore Subgenre


many subgenres we will not study…
Nonfiction Subgenres

Folklore: myth, legend, tall tale, fairy tale, and fable

Genre = Category

All writing falls into a category or genre.

We will use 5 main genres
and 15 subgenres.
Persuasive Writing: tries to influence the reader
Informational Writing: explains something
Autobiography: life story written by oneself
Biography: Writing about someone else’s life
Latin Roots
Auto = Self Bio = Life Graphy = Writing
Historical Fiction: set in the past and based on real people and/or events
Science Fiction: has aliens, robots, futuristic technology and/or space ships
Realistic Fiction: has no elements of fantasy; could be true but isn’t
Fantasy: has monsters, magic, or characters with superpowers
Folklore/Folktales usually has an “unknown” author or will be “retold” or “adapted” by the author.
Fable: short story with personified animals and a moral
Personified: given the traits of people
Moral: lesson or message of a fable

Myth: has gods/goddesses and usually accounts for the creation of something
Tall Tale : Set in the Wild West, the American frontier
Main characters skills/size/strength is greatly exaggerated. Exaggeration is humorous
Legend: Based on a real person or place. Facts are stretched beyond nonfiction. Exaggerated in a serious way

Stories written in script form.
Teacher: Everyone take notes.
Student A: I don’t have a pen.
Tragedy: ends in death and sadness.
Comedy: has a happy ending.

What are Dramas?
Fairytale: has magic and/or talking animals.
My Favorite Books
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
by J.K. Rowling

The first book in the Harry Potter series. Harry goes to wizard school and becomes a Gryffindor.
He learns to play quidditch, a soccer like game played on flying broomsticks, and he fights an evil within the school with his newfound magic powers.

Fiction; Fantasy
Romeo and Juliet, "two star-crossed lovers" each from a family with a grudge against the other. After a party at the capulet mansion romeo and juliet fall in love, with conflict between the two families it becomes difficult for them to see each other. After a brawl romeo becomes banished for the murder of tybalt, The two lovers hatch a plan to be together again. But, fate steps in and Romeo and Juliet die, in love forever, together.
Drama; Tragedy
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
The Dallas Cowboys' star running back chronicles his life in sports, describing how he rose to the heights of the NFL, what life is like with Jimmy Johnson and the Cowboys, his teammates, and his personal approach to achieving success.
Nonfiction; Autobiography
The Emmitt Zone by Emmitt Smith
The short story of an Ant who works hard all summer to prepare for winter and a Grasshopper who just plays. Winter comes and the Grasshopper freezes to death. The moral is “prepare today for tomorrow’s needs.”
“The Ant & The Grasshopper”
Adapted by Chad Peplum

Folktale; Fable
Everything you read has a genre!
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