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Genre Study

TermDefinition
Genres Literary Text and Informational Text
Drama Stories composed in verse or prose, usually for theatrical performance. Conflicts and emotions are expressed through dialogue and action.
Fable Narration demonstrating a useful truth, especially in which animals speak as humans. It is a legendary, supernatural tale.
Fairy Tale A story about fairies or other magical creatures. It is usually for children.
Fantasy Fiction with strange or other worldly settings or characters. It invites suspension of reality
Fiction Narrative literary works whose content is produced by the imagination. It is not necessarily based on fact.
Folklore The songs, stories, myths, and proverbs of a people or “folk” as handed down by word-of-mouth.
Historical Fiction A story with fictional characters and events in a historical setting
Horror Fiction in which events evoke a feeling of dread in both the characters and the reader.
Legend A story, sometimes of a national or folk hero, which has a basis in fact. But, it also includes imaginative material.
Mystery Fiction dealing with the solution of a crime or the unraveling of secrets
Mythology Legend or traditional narrative often based in part on historical events. It reveals human behavior and natural phenomena by its symbolism. It often pertains to the actions of the gods.
Science Fiction A story based on impact of actual, imagined, or potential science. It is usually set in the future or on other planets.
Tall Tale Humorous story with blatant exaggerations and swaggering heroes who do the impossible with nonchalance.
Realistic Fiction A story that can actually happen and is true to life.
Biography A biography is the story of a person’s life that is told by another person.
Autobiography An autobiography is the story about the life of a person, written by that person.
Poem A written composition, often using rhythm, rhyme, metaphor, and other such artistic techniques to express an idea, feelings, or a story.
Sensory Language Authors use sensory language to further enhance their writings such as similes, metaphors,figurative language
Created by: raq1123 on 2014-03-08



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