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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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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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