Different Genres of Literature


ELAR-Grade-6 Literary Genres Different Genres of Literature
Students begin by sharing kinds of stories they have enjoyed. Then, they learn five major genres of fiction and identify passages exemplifying each. Next, they form small groups to report on specific works in assigned genres. Finally, they elaborate on what genre of fiction they would most like to write.

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Overview

In this experience, students begin by sharing kinds of stories they have enjoyed. Then, they learn five major genres of fiction and identify passages exemplifying each. Next, they form small groups to report on specific works in assigned genres. Finally, they elaborate on what genre of fiction they would most like to write.

Students will work collaboratively in small groups in scene 3.

Objectives

  • Identify characteristics of realistic and historical fiction.
  • Identify characteristics of adventure stories and mysteries.
  • Identify characteristics of humor.

Duration

Two class periods.

Vocabulary Words Used in Passage 1

  • confidential: kept secret between a few people; or able to keep a secret

Vocabulary Words Used in Passage 2

  • reigned: ruled
  • exceptions: examples that break a rule
  • assumed: believed without proof; took for granted
  • repast: meal

Vocabulary Words Used in Passage 3

  • defied: challenged; disobeyed
  • accomplished: achieved; done successfully
  • compelled: forced

Vocabulary Words Used in Passage 4

  • conceited: unreasonably proud of oneself
  • veteran: someone who has long experience; or someone who served in the military
  • excursion: a trip


There are many different kinds of stories. Some are told aloud, and some are written down. Some are true stories. Some are stories about what life was like in the past. In this experience, you’ll learn to identify some of the main types of stories.

Objectives

  • Identify characteristics of realistic and historical fiction.
  • Identify characteristics of adventure stories and mysteries.
  • Identify characteristics of humor.


poster of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, with label “Sherlock Holmes Detective Story”

In this experience, you will explore many different types of text. Let’s try it and see if you can guess the type for these three-sentence plot summaries: 


A boy takes a walk in the woods. Hidden in a tree, he finds a locked box. But what could be inside?

A) mystery
B) realistic fiction
C) historical fiction
D) autobiography

In Ancient Egypt, a young girl is born to be the Queen. She learns all she needs to know about ruling an empire. But is she ready to lead an army into battle?

A) mystery
B) realistic fiction
C) historical fiction
D) autobiography

You’ve probably already read or heard about examples of these different genres.


What is your favorite story? What type of story do you think this is?

Post your answer

Briefly discuss students’ posts. Give students a chance to mention additional types of stories if they know any, such as science fiction and fantasy. Use genre words such as realistic fiction and historical fiction as opportunities arise.

Use this opportunity to have ELL students express their opinions. They can discuss a favorite story, even if they read it in their native language.


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