Literary Genres

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Last updated: May 9, 2019
Fable
A folktale that teaches a moral or lesson, often with animals as characters.
Fable

Autobiography
A biography of a person written by that person.

Science Fiction
Fiction that deals with science and technology, and adventuring into the unknown.
Science Fiction

Drama
Skits, musicals, or plays that use the spoken word to share a message.

Fantasy
The author creates a magical world where anything can happen.
Fantasy

Mystery
Fiction that involves a crime that must be solved.
Mystery

Historical Fiction
Fiction that is set in the past.
Historical Fiction

Reference
Books with a variety of information that must stay in the library.
Reference

Fairy Tale
A folktale that involves a fight between good and evil, and usually ends with, “They lived happily every after.”
Fairy Tale

Biography
A true story about a person’s life, written by another person.
Biography

Realistic Fiction
Believable fiction that is set in present day.
Realistic Fiction

Poetry
Verse that uses sounds, rhythm, and word choice to share ideas.

Myth
A folktale that tries to explain how the world came to be.
Myth

Tall Tale
A folktale that is humorous and full of exaggeration.
Tall Tale

Literary Genre
Categories used to group different types of literary work, such as non-fiction, fiction and poetry.

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