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Literature Genres. Genres and literature. When you speak about genre and literature, genre means a category, or kind of story. Fiction a made up story can tell about things that could happen is read for fun characters may be like real people or imaginary. Non-Fiction

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genres and literature

Genres and literature

When you speak about genre and literature, genre means a category, or kind of story.

all categories of books or stories can be called either fiction or non fiction

a made up story

can tell about things that could happen

is read for fun

characters may be like real people or imaginary


has facts that can be checked and proven

the author is an expert on this information


All categories of books or stories can be called eitherfiction or non-fiction.
realistic fiction
Realistic Fiction

Realistic fiction is made up of stories that could really happen. Contemporary realistic fiction is realistic fiction that is set in modern times.

examples of realistic fiction
Examples of Realistic Fiction

Because of Winn Dixie


Owl Moon


Summer of the Swans

Babysitter Club series

historical fiction
Historical Fiction

Historical fiction is made up of stories that take place in a certain time and place in the past. Real historical figures and settings may be included in a fiction story.

examples of historical fiction
Examples of Historical Fiction

A Boy at War

Across Five Aprils

Ben and Me

The Butterfly

Charlie Skedaddle

Sign of the Beaver

Titanic Crossing

Dear America Series


Folklore includes stories, myths, and fables that people told one another over the years. Later the stories were written down.

examples of folklore
Examples of Folklore

Aesop’s Fables

Beauty and the Beast

The Bunyans


John Henry

The Talking Eggs

The Tortoise and the Hare


Fantasy is fiction that has elements that are not real. Sometimes this includes talking animals or characters with magical powers. There’s usually a conflict between good and evil.

examples of fantasy
Examples of Fantasy

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Charlotte’s Web

The Wreck of the Zephyr

Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe

Lord of the Rings

Harry Potter Series

fairy tale
Fairy Tale
  • Special beginning and/or ending words - Once upon a time...and they lived happily ever after.
  • Good character
  • Evil character
  • Royalty and/or a castle usually present
  • Magic happens
  • Problem and a Solution
  • Things often happen in "threes" or "sevens"
examples of fairy tale
Examples of Fairy Tale

The Dog and Her Little Glass Slipper


The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales


Mysteries are stories that have a real setting and a problem to be solved that includes clues, distractions, and an answer to the problem.

examples of mystery
Examples of Mystery

The House of Dies Drear

Never Say Die

The Treehouse Mystery

Mystery of the Midnight Message

Encyclopedia Brown Series

Boxcar Children Mysteries

science fiction
Science Fiction

Science Fiction is made up of stories that blend fact and fiction with futuristic technology.

examples of science fiction
Examples of Science Fiction

Aliens for Breakfast

A Wrinkle in Time

My Best Friend is Invisible

Star Wars

The Time Machine


The characters (and the reader) can always expect

the worst - the main characters can, and usually do,

have everything thrown at them. Action, action and

more action are hallmarks of a good

adventure/suspense book. The entire read is a roller

coaster ride of chills and excitement with the last

stop (and page) not always ending in happiness. And

finally, there must be a villain, for without a

foe…without an adversary, there can be no



examples of adventure
Examples of Adventure

The Whipping Boy

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Abel’s Island

The Cay


Poetry is verse written to inspire thoughts and feelings in the reader. It often uses rhyme and rhythm, or it can be written in free verse.

examples of poetry
Examples of Poetry

Where the Sidewalk Ends

New Kid on the Block

Chocolate Dreams: Poems


A Pizza the Size of the Sun

Love That Dog


Informational books are nonfiction books that give true facts on a variety of subjects.

examples of informational writing
Examples of Informational Writing

Dirt Bikes

Flying Animals

Danger! Earthquakes




A biography is the true story of a real person’s life from the past or present.

examples of biography
Examples of Biography

Tiger Woods: An American Master

The HomerunKings: BabeRuth and

Henry Aaron

Clara Barton, a Red Cross Pioneer