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Literature Genres


Realistic fiction – Realistic books have plots, characters, and settings that might be found in real life.  They are stories that are make-believe, but they could have been true.  An example might be The Boxcar Children.


Historical fiction – Stories that are written to portray a time period or convey information about a specific time period or an historical event.  Usually the event or time period is about 30 years in the past.  An example might be Laura Ingalls Wilder.


Mystery – Something that is unknown or yet unexplained.  At the third grade level it could be a detective story for example.  An example might be Nate the Great or Cam Jansen, Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys.


Folk Tale – A tale circulated by word of mouth among the common folk such as Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed.


Fairy Tale – A fanciful tale of legendary deeds and creatures, usually intended for children.  Cinderella would be a good example.


Modern Fantasy – A make believe story set in today’s generation.  Harry Potter is an example.


Science Fiction – fiction about science; typically based on speculative scientific discoveries or developments, environmental changes, space travel, or life on other planets


Information – Science or Information – Social Studies – Non-fiction dealing with the topic of either science or social studies.


Information – Literature that is non-fiction written to inform


Biography – An account of a person’s life written, composed, or produced by another.  There are lots of versions of Helen Keller.


Autobiography – An account of a person’s life written by the person


Plays – a literary work written for performance on the stage; a drama


Poetry – A piece of literature written in meter; verse.  Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky, Dr. Seuss also, are good examples.


Directions – Giving guidance, management or supervision of an action or operation





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