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Folk tale

An anonymous, timeless, and placeless story that was originally told rather than unwritten

Fiction

Invented stories with imaginary characters and events

Reference

Information sources such as encyclopedias, yearbooks, dictonaries, and atlases

Science Fiction

Imaginative, fictional stories involving actual or projected science phenomena

Realistic Fiction

A fictional story with characters who take part in activities that could have really happened

Mystery

A fictional story with characters who try to solve a crime or an unexplained event

Drama/Play

A story for stage performed by actors

Biography

A person's life story written by another person

Historical Fiction

A fictional story set in the past with characters who take part in actual historical events and interact with people from the past

Nonfiction

True stories of actual events or people

Poetry

Words arranged in a metrical pattern, often using rhymed verse in an imaginative style

Autobiography

A person's life story written by himself or herself

Fantasy/Fairy Tale

A fictional story set in make-believe worlds often with non-human characters

Fable

A brief story with animal characters, that teaches a lesson, or moral

Legend

A widely told story about the past and may or may not have a foundation in fact

Myth

A fictional story that explains the actions of gods or heroes or the origins of elements of nature

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