Different Genres of Literature


ELAR-Grade-7 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 myths and humor.

Duration

Two class periods.

Vocabulary Words Used in Passage 1

  • enraged: extremely angry
  • immortal: living forever

Vocabulary Words Used in Passage 2

  • distracting: causing to lose attention
  • canted: tilted
  • beam: the side of a ship
  • bulwarks: the part of a ship’s side that is above the deck
  • spar: a long piece of wood that supports a ship’s sail

Vocabulary Words Used in Passage 4

  • ambition: desire to achieve a goal
  • conceit: feeling of being better than others

Vocabulary Words Used in Passage 5

  • relish: delight
  • hideous: horribly ugly
  • livid: pale; grayish blue
  • complexion: skin tone


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 myths and humor.


Diana, ancient Roman goddess of the hunt

Diana, ancient Roman goddess of the hunt


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 young girl trains to be a nurse on the battlefield. Using crude equipment, she saves the lives of several Revolutionary War soldiers. She is a hero.

This is an example of a:

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

One strange morning, a middle schooler wakes up with wheels instead of feet. As he spends the day at school, he tries to stay upright but fails miserably. How can he get his life back on track?

This is an example of:

A) a mystery. 
B) humor.
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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