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Literary Genre Notes
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• First, label these notes “Literary Genres”
and date the top of your page
• Second, only write the notes in red. I want
to discuss all of the slides, but I only want
you writing down the terms and definitions
What are literary genres?
• A kind of literary or artistic work
• A style of expressing yourself in
• We divide genres as a way of classifying
them into particular categories.
• Historical Fiction
• Science Fiction
• Made up of stories that take place in
particular time period in the past.
• Most historical fiction is based on fact, but
sometimes the characters and/or their
actions are fictional.
• Ex) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
• Made up of stories that blend fact and
fiction with futuristic technology
• Ex) The Giver by Lois Lowry
• A play or script that can be performed by
• These types of books can be read or
performed. Usually, they include stage
directions and a list of characters and
• Ex) The Crucible by Arthur Miller
• Verse written to inspire thoughts and
feelings in the reader. It often uses rhyme
and rhythm to tell its message.
• Ex) Bronx Masquerade
by Nikki Grimes
• Strangeness or something unknown
• Solving a puzzling situation, event, or
• Centers on someone
investigating something or
searching for secret
• Ex) Among the Hidden
by: Margaret Haddix
• Written purposely to make the reader
• Ex) Joke books or
Invasion of the Road
• Common tales passed down over the
years, usually have some kind of moral
lesson to be taught
• Narratives about divine or heroic beings.
• Ex) Greek myths
• A believable short story passed down from
person to person
• It is believable, but not always believed!
• Ex) Paul Bunyan and
his big blue ox
• Someone else’s written account of a
• Relies on a variety of information and
• It is a biography written by the subject or
• Based entirely on the writer’s memory.
• A place to express one’s deepest self
• A record of one’s thoughts and ideas
• Ex) The Diary of Anne
• Frank or Go Ask Alice
• A daily record of events or business; A
newspaper or other periodical
• Ex) The Daily News Journal
• About a part of life, rather than the
chronological telling of a life from
childhood to adulthood/old age.
• Most written from the first person
• A short literary composition on a single
subject, usually presenting the personal
view of the author.
• Some different types of essays include:
narrative (telling a story), persuasive
(convincing someone of something), and
descriptive (describing a person or event).
• A notice designed to attract public
attention or sell something.
• Ex) paid announcement in
print, TV, or internet