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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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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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