Literary Genres

Definition: categories used to
group different types of
literary work, such as non-
fiction, fiction and poetry.

What are some other types
of genres?
Our Genre List
We will be learning about several
different types of literary genres. It
is important to remember that this
list does not include all types of
genres found in literary works.
Non-Fiction
This can also be called
“informational” material. These
types of books provide
information that is factual.
Nothing is make-believe in these
types of materials. More specific
examples of this type of genre
would be . . .
Non-fiction
• Written work based on
facts

• Written to inform the
reader

• Characterized by
providing information
about topics; various
text structures;
providing information

Non-fiction subgroups
• Informational

• Biography

• Autobiography
Informational
• Texts that provide
facts about a
variety of topics
such as sports,
animals, science,
history, careers,
travel, geography,
space, weather,
etc.)
Biographies: A true account of
a person's life written,
composed, or produced by
another.

Autobiographies: The
biography of a person written
by that person.

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The story of
a real
person’s
life written
by another
person
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The story of
a real
person’s
life that is
written by
that person
(the
author)
What Genre Is This Book?
Using what
you know
about book
genres,
what genre
do you think
this book
belongs?

How do you
know?
What Genre Is This
Book?
Using what you
know about
book genres,
what genre
do you think
this book
belongs?
Informational
because it
looks like it
will give
information
about a topic
(tornadoes).
What Genre Is This
Book?
Using what
you know
about book
genres,
what genre
do you think
this book
belongs?

How do you
know?
What Genre Is This
Book?
Using what you
know about
book genres,
what genre do
you think this
book belongs?
Autobiography
because it is
the story of a
real person’s
life written by
that person
(Martin
Luther King,
Jr.)
Bibliography
Children’s Literature Genres,
http://www.alpine.k12.ut.us/depts/media/ele
mlessons_rev/m4-
collections/lesson2cl_genre.html
Genre Study: A Collaborative Approach,
http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson
_view.asp?id=270
Dictionary.com, http://www.dictionary.com
Wordsmyth, http://www.wordsmyth.com

Tutorial classes
1. In your groups, discuss the
features and functions of ….
• Folklore
• Mythology
• Fables
• Legends
• Parables
2. Choose stories from any genre
of children stories to be taught
for a designated level. Justify
your choice.