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Genres. “Genre” is a French word meaning “type” or “kind.” a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content. Grade 4
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Genres “Genre” is a French word meaning “type” or “kind.” a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content Grade 4 4.1.12 Experience various literary and media genres. Read, view, and recognize various literary (e.g., poetry, novels, historical fiction, and nonfiction) genres. .
Definition of a Genre “Genre” is a French word meaning “type” or “kind.” A genre is a category of literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content.
List of Genres • Tall Tale • Fantasy • Plays • Folktale • Poetry • Fairy Tale • Myths • Fable • Fiction • Realistic Fiction • Nonfiction • Biography • Autobiography • Historical Fiction
Fiction Any piece of writing that tells about people who never existed or things that didn’t actually happen. True-to-life stories and fantasy are examples of fiction.
Fantasy A story that could not possibly happen. A story that tells about things that could not really happen except in one’s imagination. Stories that tell about such things as talking animals, huge giants, weird monsters, and other such imaginary beings.
Realistic Fiction Stories that are made up by the author, but are about people who seem real and are about events that could actually have taken place.
A story about a real event or about the life of a famous person, a telling of something that actually happened, or an article. (Expository Nonfiction- exposes the truth)
Historical Nonfiction A story about a
Biography A book that tells information about the story of someone’s life, usually someone who does something important. (How these people lived, what their homes and families were like, what they did to make their lives unusual and interesting to others.)
Autobiography: A story that a person writes about his or her own life.
Fable The Hare and the Tortoise Stories that teach a lesson. The lesson at the end of a fable is also called a moral or proverb. A proverb is a wise saying. Perseverance wins the race
Tall Tales Tall Tale: A story that is humorously exaggerated of the backwoods exploits of an American frontiersman. John Henry: The Steel Driving Man Life of Johnny Appleseed Paul Bunyan: The Giant Lumberjack Pecos Bill Cleans Up the West http://www.animatedtalltales.com/en/ Examples
Guide: Step inside and off you go! (bell rings)(To the audience)Boy, is he in for shock! Where he’s going it’s cold, cold, cold! Can you guess where he’s going?That’s right - the Arctic. Where Alaska and Canada are located. TT : Boy, it’s freezing! I see nothing but snow-covered land. Wait a minute. I see someone coming and they’re wearing caribou skin. In a play, you watch the characters and hear them talk. The directions are in parenthesis, they tell the players what to do or how to say something. It is written in a special form. You can recognize a play by the names with colons after them instead of regular paragraphs, by the list of characters on the first page, and by the stage directions.
A story or legend that has been handed down, usually by word of mouth, from one generation to the next in a particular area or country. This story is told again and again, until almost all of the people in a country know the story. Feeling that he is a failure in his own village, a Cherokee Indian boy goes into the forest, where the creatures present him with a magical flute
A written form of literature that provides means for expressing feelings, thoughts, and moods. All poetry has its own rhythm, but not all poetry rhymes. The leaves fell The sun shone down All I could do was watch The colors are amazing Yellow, red, and gold http://42explore.com/poetry.htm
Fairytales • Fight between good and evil • Teaches a lesson • Always has a happy ending • ...and they lived happily ever after Long, long ago... Once upon a time... In a far off land... Once there was... Far, far away... In fairytales the heroes and heroines always win in the end
Myths are stories that usually explain something about the world and involve gods and other supernatural beings. http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/mff/myths.htm
What type of genre is it?You are going to be given 10 different short passages. Given what you have learned today, you must determine what genre the literature would fall under.Good Luck!
1. Narcissus was a Greek boy who loved to look at his reflection in the water. As punishment for thinking only of himself, the gods turned him into a flower that grows by rivers and streams. Today, we still call that flower “narcissus.”
2. The ten year old Fisher twins have just moved to a large city. They try many different ways to make friends.
3. Johnny Appleseed is the name given to an American pioneer named John Chapman. Johnny was suppose to have traveled hundreds of miles along the frontier, giving apple seeds to everyone. Some people said he wore a tin pot as a hat, a coffee sack as a shirt, and no shoes.
4. Jake went off to boarding school, and discovered that his new professors were beasts from a far off galaxy. He is trying to survive, because he doesn’t want to be the teacher’s next snack.
5. SOME BOYS, playing near a pond, saw a number of Frogs in the water and began to pelt them with stones. They killed several of them, when one of the Frogs, lifting his head out of the water, cried out: "Pray stop, my boys: what is sport to you, is death to us." -"One man's pleasure may be another's pain."-
6. This book was written by Hillary Duff about her life and growing up in the spotlight. She talks about being a Disney star, and what joy it has brought to her life.
7. Homework, Oh Homework! I hate you, you stick. I wish I could wash you down the kitchen sink . . .
8. Mrs. Runyan: Class, turn in your textbooks to page Joey: But Mrs. Runyan, you said we wouldn’t have any Math homework tonight.
9. A long time ago in a far away land, lived a stranger in the woods. No one cared at all for, only because they had never got to know him. . . The stranger and the princess lived happily ever after.
10. As I was walking to Knoxville yesterday, which only took me 7 large leaps, I ran right into the sun. It burned my forehead and I had to go to the doctor to get it bandaged up. It took 4,560,358 band aids to cover my boo boo! I went home after a long day, and I ate 49 catfish for supper. I had caught them the night before, bare-handed. They each weighed more than 900 pounds.