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Genre. What is Genre?. Genre is… A French word meaning type or kind A system to classify books by their common characteristics. Types of genres. Poetry Traditional literature Fantasy Science fiction Realistic fiction Historical fiction Mystery Biography, autobiography, memoir

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Genre

Genre


What is genre

What is Genre?

  • Genre is…

    • A French word meaning type or kind

    • A system to classify books by their common characteristics


Types of genres

Types of genres

  • Poetry

  • Traditional literature

  • Fantasy

  • Science fiction

  • Realistic fiction

  • Historical fiction

  • Mystery

  • Biography, autobiography, memoir

  • Informational


Poetry

Poetry

  • Definition: shortened form of writing

  • Figurative Language: metaphor, simile, personification, idiom, hyperbole

  • Author’s expression of feelings and opinions

  • May follow a form or structure


Traditional literature

Traditional Literature

  • Definition: stories passed down for generations by oral storytelling

  • Oral storytelling- stories told verbally

  • Legends, folktales, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, tall tales

  • Foundation for fantasy


Fantasy

Fantasy

  • Plot: hero’s journey/quest, often good vs. evil

  • Setting: often medieval, time travel, magical

  • Characters: Talking animals, mythical creatures, magical users


Science fiction

Science Fiction

  • Plot: Alien attacks/visits, time traveling, technology, important experiments (“gone wrong”)

  • Setting: Advanced technology-cities, spaceships, other solar system/galaxy, time travel

  • Characters: Mutants, robot, aliens, “mad” scientist, talking computer


Realistic fiction

Realistic Fiction

  • Plot: Realistic Events

  • Setting: Modern time; realistic place

  • Characters: Every day people doing every day things


Historical fiction

Historical Fiction

  • Plot: Authentic historical events with average or significant people

  • Setting:pre 1970; could be historical/important sites

  • Characters: Average/famous historical people


Mystery

Mystery

  • Plot: Crime or mysterious events and clues leading to a resolution

  • Setting: Could be crime scene, detective agency, creepy house, haunting place

  • Characters: Detective, investigators, spies


Biography autobiography memoir

Biography, Autobiography, memoir

*Bio: life

*Graph: write

*Auto: self

*Memoir: memory

  • Biography: story of someone’s life, written by someone else

  • Autobiography: story of someone’s life, written by themselves

  • Memoir: a short account of the author’s experiences, written by themselves


Informational

Informational

  • Purpose: provides information on a wide range of topics

  • Informs, educates, teaches about information

  • Nonfiction- a story of true facts

  • Science, crafts, sports, articles, social studies


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