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Literary Genres. Non-fiction: autobiography. Somebody who writes their own story. Non-fiction: biography. A true story that is written about somebody by a different person. Fiction or non-fiction: poetry. A form of literature that follows a specific rhythm or/and rhyme scheme.

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non fiction autobiography
Non-fiction:autobiography

Somebody who writes their own story

non fiction biography
Non-fiction:biography

A true story that is written about somebody by a different person

fiction or non fiction poetry
Fiction or non-fiction: poetry
  • A form of literature that follows a specific rhythm or/and rhyme scheme

Introduction to Poetry

Billy Collins

I ask them to take a poemand hold it up to the lightlike a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poemand watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem's roomand feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterskiacross the surface of a poemwaving at the author's name on the shore.

But all they want to dois tie the poem to a chair with ropeand torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hoseto find out what it really means.

from The Apple that Astonished Paris, 1996University of Arkansas Press, Fayetteville, Ark.Permissions information.

poetry authors to explore
Poetry authors to explore:

Naomi Shihab Nye

Emily Dickenson

Walt Whitman

Liz Rozenberg

Maggie Dietz

Billy Collins

fiction graphic novels or comic books
Fiction:graphic novels or comic books

a novel in comic strip format

graphic novel authors to explore
Graphic novel authors to explore:

DavPilkey

Jeff Smith

Brian K. Vaughan

MarjaneSatrapi

Jeff Kinney

fiction contemporary young adult realistic fiction
Fiction:contemporary Young adult/realistic fiction

A story where events could happen, but the story is not true

contemporary realistic fiction authors to explore
Contemporary realistic fiction authors to explore:

Judy Blume Patricia McCormick Chris Crutcher S.E. Hinton

Jerry Spinneli Sarah Dessen Gayle Foreman

fiction science fiction
Fiction:science fiction

A story that occurs in the future and can happen; usually involves advanced technology and/or space

science fiction authors to explore
Science fiction authors to explore:

Orson Scott Card Marie Lu

James Patterson Veronica Roth

Lois Lowry Suzanne Collins

Scott Westerfield Ray Bradbury

fiction fantasy
Fiction:fantasy

a story that involves elements that are not realistic, such as magical powers or mythical beings

fantasy authors to explore
Fantasy authors to explore:

C.S. Lewis

Suzanne Collins

Stephanie Meyer

Ally Conde

Cassandra Clare

J.K. Rowling

J.R.R. Tolkien

adventure fiction
Adventure fiction

A fictional story that has the theme of danger and risk

adventure fiction authors to explore
Adventure fiction authors to explore:

Anthony Horowitz

Robert Ludlum

Tom Clancy

Gordon Korman

Mark Twain

Gary Paulson

historical fiction
Historical fiction

Set in the past, the story usually includes an actual event in history, but fictitious characters

historical fiction authors to explore
Historical fiction authors to explore:

Ann Rinaldi

Gary Paulson

Walter Dean Meyers

Mildred D. Taylor