2 How do I identify a genre by its characteristics? Essential QuestionHow do I identify a genre by its characteristics?
3 What is a literary genre? A genre is a particular style or type of writing.
4 Major Genres Fiction Non-Fiction Writing that tells about imaginary people and eventsNon-FictionWriting that tells about real people and events
5 uses figurative language to create vivid pictures in the reader’s mind PoetryFiction AND Non-fictionlines of poetry (verses) are written in stanzasuses figurative language to create vivid pictures in the reader’s mind
6 Historical Fiction Fiction Stories centered around the basis of a partially historical eventA novel set in a historical time period
7 Realistic Fiction Fiction The setting is realistic The characters speak and act like real peopleThe story describes real-life problems and events
8 Fable Fiction Actions are repeated over and over Some fables teach a lesson about what is important in life, such as fairness, kindness, or cleverness
9 Folk TaleFictionTells a fictional story to explain an animals behavior
10 Tall TaleFictionExtraordinary person - the main character is better at things than an ordinary personExaggeration – makes something greater or bigger than it really could beExplanation – explains how something came to be
11 Science Fiction Fiction Stories that often tell about science and technology in the futureSetting:FutureSpaceDifferent universe/world
12 MYSTERY Fiction/Non-Fiction Solving a puzzling event Solving a crime Centered around a person who investigates.
14 BiographyNonfictionStory about a real person’s life that is written by another personCan cover a person’s whole life, part of a person’s life, or a single incidentA true account of a person’s life based on facts collected by the authorWritten from the third person point of view (he or she)
15 Auto-Biography/Memoir Non-FictionA story YOU write about YOURSELF or YOUR life story.
16 Information/Resource Non-FictionA book you use to research facts or information.