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  1. Types of Fiction

  2. Drama • A story intended to be performed by actors on a stage or before movie and tv cameras. “from The Wonder Years” handout

  3. Fantasy • A form of literature that explores the worlds of the past, preset, and future

  4. Fairy Tale • A Folktale that usually includes magical elements. “Cinderella” handout

  5. Humor • The quality of a literary work that makes the characters and their situations seem funny, amusing, or ludicrous. “Jabberwocky” pg 592

  6. Mystery • Fiction that includes secrets or crimes to be solved. “The Vegas Victim” handout

  7. Short Story • A brief fictional narrative in prose. “Thank You Ma’am” pg 62 “After Twenty Years” handout

  8. Folklore • The traditional beliefs, customs, stories, songs, and dances of the ordinary people (the “folk”) of a culture. Folklore is passed down by word of mouth rather than in writing. • Legend, Mythology, Tall Tales, and Fables

  9. Fable • A short simple tale that teaches a moral. The characters in a fable are often animals who speak and act like people. “Two Ways to Count to Ten” pg 722 “The Race Between Toad and Donkey” pg 730

  10. Legend • A traditional story, based on history or an actual hero, that is passed down orally. A legend is usually exaggerated over the years. “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” pg 670

  11. Mythology • A traditional story of unknown authorship, often involving goddesses, gods, and heroes, that attempt to explain a natural phenomenon. “Icarus and Daedalus” pg 646

  12. Tall Tale • A wildly imaginative story, usually passed down orally, about the fantastic adventures of folk heroes in realistic local settings. “Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind” pg 712

  13. Folk Tale • A story that has been passed from generation to generation by word of mouth. Generally set in the distant past and involve supernatural events. Characters animals, humans, or superhuman beings. “Brear Possum’s Dilemma” pg 696 “Waters of Gold” pg 702

  14. Read Stories • Each night you will be expected to read one of these stories. • All 13 of them must be read by Monday, August 30, 2010.