Fiction Genres. What kind of story are you reading or writing ?. What is a genre?. A genre is a kind of text Different genres have different kinds of settings, conflicts, and characters. Fiction Genres. Historical fiction Realistic fiction Fantasy Science fiction Mystery Folktales
What kind of story are you reading or writing?
Historical fiction stories take place in the past
They might include real people, events, and places, but also include parts that are made up by the author.
Brainstorm a list of historical fiction books: What did you learn?
Fantasy stories include magic, mythical creatures, and things that just can’t happen in everyday life.
Fantasy stories can happen in the real world, or in imaginary fantasy worlds.
Be careful! Fantasy stories can sometimes start out sounding like realistic fiction. Look for the little details that point to fantasy.
In science fiction, look for:
Science fiction stories can happen in the past, present, or future
What makes a story a mystery is how the action unfolds…if the main character is trying to solve a puzzle or figure something out, the story is probably a mystery
If you are reading a novel, you might not discover the mystery until you are a few pages or even chapters into the book
Be careful! Some stories do have elements of mystery, or short little mysteries in the course of a bigger story. But is the mystery the main conflict?
Folktales include myths, tall tales, and fairy tales
Folktales are a great way to learn about different cultures from around the world
As you think about the genre of a text, remember that there are many stories that don’t fit perfectly into any one genre
For example, a story that combines science fiction elements with magic could be called “science fantasy”
Have you ever read any hybrid books? What genres did they combine?