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literary genres

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Transcript of literary genres

Genres in Literature
is information based on
fact
that is presented in a format which
tells a

story
.
Narrative Nonfiction
Patricia Polacco tells a story about her childhood.
Biography
is a written account of
another person’s life
This book is written about the life of singer and actor, Miley Cyrus.
Poetry
is
verse

written to
create a response of thought and feeling
from the reader. It often uses
rhythm and rhyme
.
Jack Prelutsky is a poet who likes to cause his readers to laugh.
Fantasy
is a fictional story with
strange or other worldly
settings or characters
Dav Pilkey wrote a fantasy story about a giant cat and mice who live in a city like people.
Giant cats don't exist. Mice can't really talk and sail boats.
Fable
is a story about supernatural or extraordinary characters. It usually teaches a useful truth which is called a moral. Animals often speak .
Aesop's fables are famous.
Examples include "The Tortoise and the Hare," "The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg," and "The Lion and the Mouse".
Fairy Tales
are a kind of
folktale
. Sometimes the stories are about fairies or other
magical creatures
, usually for children.
Hans Christian

Andersen
wrote "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Emperor's New Clothes".
The Grimm Brothers
wrote "Cinderella", "Rupunzel", "Snow White", and "Hansel and Gretal".
Realistic Fiction
is a story that
can actually happen
and is true to
real life
.
The story of "Seal Surfer" includes characters, problems, and events that are
true to real life
.
Although it can happen, the
events did not happen
and the

people are not real
. The story is
made up
.
Historical Fiction
is a story with
fictional characters
and events in a
historical setting
.
Rifles for Watie is a story that takes place during the Civil War.
Sybil Ludington's Midnight Ride takes place during the Revolutionary War.
Short Story
is a fictional story that is
short
enough that there is
only one main problem
.
Sometimes several short stories are bound together in one book.
Some author's write several short stories starring the same characters.
Fiction
is written using the
author's imagination
and is not necessarily based on fact. It is a
made-up story
.
"Mrs. Frisby and the Rat's of Nimh" was made-up by Robert C. O'Brien.
Crazy Day with Cobras was made-up by Mary-Pope Osborne.
Fiction can be
realistic
,
fantasy
, or

historical
.
Nonfiction
The
general genre
of nonfiction is
informational
text dealing with an
actual, real-life subject
.
Myth
is a type of
legend or traditional narrative
. It can offer an explanation on how something came to be or can often tell about the actions of the gods.
A Shark is a Pet
A Funny Shark Poem

A shark is a pet
that you don't want to get.
There is nothing less fun than a shark.
He doesn't have fur.
He won't cuddle or purr,
and he never takes walks in the park.

Instead he just stares
and intensely prepares,
as he circles and waits in the dark,
to nibble your nose
and your fingers and toes,
for his bite is much worse than his bark.


--Kenn Nesbitt
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