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Genre Study. Example: Fairy Tales Some of the elements of the genre of fairy tales: Begins with the phrase like “Once upon a time…” or “Once there was…” Setting is a faraway or imaginary land Characters are often royal, such as kings, queens, princes, princess…

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Example fairy tales some of the elements of the genre of fairy tales

Genre Study

  • Example: Fairy Tales

  • Some of the elements of the genre of fairy tales:

  • Begins with the phrase like “Once upon a time…” or “Once there was…”

  • Setting is a faraway or imaginary land

  • Characters are often royal, such as kings, queens, princes, princess…

  • Things happen or appear in threes

  • The granting of wishes

  • The use of magical powers

  • A happy ending where good wins over evil

Nancy R. Craig


Example fairy tales some of the elements of the genre of fairy tales

Genre Study

  • Example: Folk Tales

  • Some of the elements of the genre of folk tales:

  • A story that has been told and retold over generations

  • Different countries have similar folk tales

  • Folk tales often begin with “Once upon a time” or “Long ago in a far away place…”

  • Characters can be animals or objects that can speak

  • The story often teaches a lesson or moral

  • Good or smart wins over evil or stupid

  • The story is told using the words he, she or it

  • Actions or words are often repeated (in a pattern)

  • The story has an exciting “high point” at the end

Nancy R. Craig


Example fairy tales some of the elements of the genre of fairy tales

Genre Study

  • Example: Adventure Tale

  • Some of the elements of the genre of adventure tales:

  • A story has characters who behave like real people and animals.

  • The settings are real or could be real.

  • The events could happen in real life

  • The story has action or suspense, or both.

Nancy R. Craig


Example fairy tales some of the elements of the genre of fairy tales

Genre Study

  • Example: Fable

  • Some of the elements of the genre of fable:

  • Stories are very short

  • Stories usually have two or three characters

  • The characters may be animals or things that act like people

  • Teach a “lesson” or moral

Nancy R. Craig


Example fairy tales some of the elements of the genre of fairy tales

Genre Study

  • Example: Fantasy

  • Some of the elements of the genre of fantasy:

  • People, animals, or objects do things they cannot do in real life.

  • Story takes place in a make-believe setting that does not exist in the real world

  • Story has creatures in it that are not found in real life

Nancy R. Craig


Example fairy tales some of the elements of the genre of fairy tales

Genre Study

  • Example: Legend

  • Some of the elements of the genre of legend:

  • A story about a hero or heroine

  • May be based on facts, but the hero or heroine’s actions are “bigger” than life

  • The story has factual elements, but through countless retellings, the characters and their actions have become exaggerated

Nancy R. Craig


Example fairy tales some of the elements of the genre of fairy tales

Genre Study

  • Example: Myth

  • Some of the elements of the genre of myth:

  • A story that offers an explanation of how something in nature looks or happens

  • A story that explains why people act as they do

  • The characters may be human, or gods or goddesses

Nancy R. Craig


Example fairy tales some of the elements of the genre of fairy tales

Genre Study

  • Example: Science Fiction

  • Some of the elements of the genre of science fiction:

  • Characters solve problems in a futuristic setting anywhere in the universe

  • Humans, extraterrestrials, or members of other species

  • Involve the effects of advanced science and technology on life

  • Stories often set in unrealistic settings

Nancy R. Craig


Example fairy tales some of the elements of the genre of fairy tales

Genre Study

  • Example: Realistic Fiction

  • Some of the elements of the genre realistic fiction:

  • Characters behave like real people and animals

  • Settings in the story are real or could be real

  • Events in the story could happen in real life

  • Conflicts in the story are similar to problems that happen in real life

Nancy R. Craig


Example fairy tales some of the elements of the genre of fairy tales

Genre Study

  • Example: Historical Fiction

  • Some of the elements of the genre of historical fiction:

  • Story is set in a particular time and place in the past

  • Story contains details that make the story more realistic.

  • Characters talk, dress, and act like people of that time period

  • Story involves real people and actual events that happened in history

Nancy R. Craig


Example fairy tales some of the elements of the genre of fairy tales

Genre Study

  • Example: Play/Drama

  • Some of the elements of the genre of play/drama:

  • Meant to be performed or acted out

  • Has a list that names and describes the characters

  • Includes descriptions of scenes or settings

  • Includes dialogue or lines that the characters speak to one another

  • Includes stage directions giving more details about what is happening on the stage or what actors are to do

Nancy R. Craig


Example fairy tales some of the elements of the genre of fairy tales

Genre Study

  • Example: Poetry

  • Some of the elements of the genre of poetry:

  • Poems often contain words that rhyme

  • Poems often contain incomplete sentences, each on its own line

  • Poems often contain lines with rhythm or meter

  • Poems often contain repeated words

  • Poems often are rich in imagery

Nancy R. Craig


Example fairy tales some of the elements of the genre of fairy tales

Genre Study

  • Example: Biography

  • Some of the elements of the genre of biography:

  • An account of a real person’s life written by someone else

  • Tells important information about a person’s life, including his or her achievements or talents.

  • Tells how a person talks, feels, and thinks about things

  • Either may be the about the person’s whole life or part of their life

  • Events are usually told in the order they occurred (chronologically)

Nancy R. Craig


Example fairy tales some of the elements of the genre of fairy tales

Genre Study

  • Example: Autobiography

  • Some of the elements of the genre of autobiography:

  • An account by a person about his or her own life

  • Tells important information about their own life, including achievements or talents.

  • Tells how the person talks, feels, and thinks about things

  • Either may be the about the person’s whole life or part of their life

  • Events are usually told in the order they occurred (chronologically)

Nancy R. Craig


Example fairy tales some of the elements of the genre of fairy tales

Genre Study

  • Example: Narrative Non-Fiction

  • Some of the elements of the genre of narrative

  • non- fiction:

  • Characters are real people, settings are real places, and the plot is comprised of real events presented in the form of a story.

  • Story includes thoughts and feeling the author imagines the characters might have had.

Nancy R. Craig


Example fairy tales some of the elements of the genre of fairy tales

Genre Study

  • Example: Expository Text

  • Some of the elements of the genre of expository text:

  • Gives factual and verifiable information about a specific subject.

  • Information presented can be checked using other sources, i.e. newspapers, encyclopedias, etc.

  • Uses facts about real events and people

  • Presents information in a clear way

  • Gives events in the order in which they happened

  • Writing organized by topics

  • May use diagrams, photographs, other illustrations, and other text features

Nancy R. Craig


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