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Book Genres. Created by: STLP 2011-2012. Folktales. Passed on in oral tradition instead of being written down Animals act like people Typically include magic Teach the reader a lesson Setting is a far off time and place. Folktales continued. Struggle between good and evil

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Book Genres

Created by: STLP 2011-2012



  • Passed on in oral tradition instead of being written down
  • Animals act like people
  • Typically include magic
  • Teach the reader a lesson
  • Setting is a far off time and place

Folktales continued

  • Struggle between good and evil
  • Good usually wins
  • Types of folktales include: fairy tales, myths and legends
  • Try to explain something that happens in nature

Tall Tales

T –is for the trickery or cleverness used by the main character.

A – is for the main character’s adventures in our country’s westward expansion

L – is for larger-than-life qualities of the main character, who is usually based on a real person

E – is for the exaggeration used in the story to make it entertaining


Science Fiction

  • Major events might really happen in the near or distant future on Earth of another planet.
  • Characters solve problems using scientific data or technology
  • Is based on scientific fact and futuristic technology

Types of Science Fiction Include:

Mind Control – a character’s mind is controlled by someone or something else

Tomorrow’s World – the story takes place in the future

Survival – story describes how characters survive specific problems


Realistic Fiction

  • - Is set in a time and place that actually does exist or could exist
  • Features characters that reflect people we know
  • Includes a problem and a resolution
  • Contains fast-paced action that could really happen


  • Is written to bring out emotions and feelings
  • Often uses rhythm and rhyme
  • Plays with language
  • There are many different types

Here are some poets



  • Focuses on specific subjects or controlling ideas
  • Is supported by facts
  • Organizes facts; has text features such as a table of contents, index and glossary
  • Uses examples and explanations to clarify ideas
  • Includes realistic illustrations or photographs

Historical Fiction

  • Contains historical accuracy
  • Takes place in the past
  • Includes language that represents the time and place
  • Includes illustrations that are historically accurate


  • Major event cannot really happen
  • Characters solve problems by using magic or other impossible strategies
  • Contains elements that are not realistic
  • Specific types: literary, quest, time travel, animal, miniature world, magic

Types of Fantasy

  • Animal – animal characteristics have human abilities, such as talking, feeling and thinking
  • Miniature World – includes miniature characters and settings
  • Magic – problems are solved in unexplainable ways
  • Literary – a style similar to traditional folklore
  • Quest – contains battles between good and evil and struggles to overcome obstacles
  • Time Travel – characters move freely between the present and other times and places

Fairy Tales

  • Take place long ago
  • May begin with the phrase “once upon a time.”
  • May end with the phrase “lived happily ever after”
  • Include magical characters, events or places
  • Share a lesson or moral for the reader to learn
  • Contain characters who are either “good” or “bad”
  • Features the numbers three to seven
  • Are available in different versions because of their story-telling origins


  • Tells about a real person, past or present
  • Is based on factual information
  • Includes major influences ( people, places, and events)
  • Recounts key incidents in the person’s life.


  • The main character is the author
  • The author reveals feelings, reactions and goal about events in his or her life