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3rd grade genre

Tall Tale  Fiction story  Uses funny or silly events  Story explains how something (or many things)were created or invented  Main character has qualities that a human cannot really have  Uses lots of exaggerations or hyperboles
Fable Fiction story  A short tale (no more than a few pages, usually)  Animals are the main characters, but humans can be in story too  There is often a trickster who runs into trouble  Story teaches a lesson, or a moral
Fairy Tale Fiction story  Often includes witches, kings, queens, princes, princesses, giants, fairies, or other magical creatures  Events or items occur in sets of three  There is a happy ending
Legend A story about a real or fake person’s good deed  Story is usually based on a hero  Hero or main character does a good deed  Hero or main character has some type of amazing strength, skill, or power
Myth Fiction story  Many originated in ancient Greece  Characters are often gods or goddesses  Story explains (in an untrue way) how things in nature came to be
Folk Tale Fiction story  Often has many different versions of similar story from different countries  Fairy Tales and Tall Tales are a type of this genre
Autobiography Nonfiction  The author is also the narrator who tells a true story about their own life  There are true facts about the author’s life  The story is told from the first person point of view
Biography Nonfiction  Author tells real events about someone else’s life,not their own  Author is not in the story  Reader’s learn facts about someone’s life  Story is told from the third person point of view
Drama/Play Includes a list or cast of characters  Text is read (sometimes memorized) and performed by actors  Characters act out parts  Read with much emotion
Poem Sometimes rhymes  Shape of words might look like main idea  Involves feelings, senses, and emotions  Can have short or long stanzas
Historical Fiction Fiction story set in the past, based on what life was really like  Characters and events can be real or made up  Events teach readers what life was like at that time in history
Essay Nonfiction if expository or persuasive  Fiction if narrative  Has writer’s own ideas or point of view (1st or 3rd)  Usually has a topic with lots of supporting detail
Science Fiction Fiction story  Story may be set in future  May involve technology, new inventions, space, science  Setting is in an imaginary world or place
Realistic Fiction Not a real story or real characters  Events and setting could actually happen in real life even though the story is made up  Characters have real-life problems
Fantasy Fiction story (usually long)  Often has talking animals  There’s usually wizardry or magic  Story is set in a mythical universe
Mystery Includes a puzzling event or situation  Characters try to solve something  People investigate and look for evidence or clues  Often secret information  Something is unknown
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