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4th Grade Genre/Subgenre Terms

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fiction
A story that is not true or is made up.
non-fiction
Writing that tells about real people, places, and events.
drama
A story that is written to be acted out in front of an audience.
poetry
A major type of literature that makes use of imagery, figurative language, and sometimes rhyme. Rather than paragraphs it is written in stanzas.
folklore
Unwritten stories, customs, sayings, and traditional beliefs of a culture.
fable
Short tale that teaches a moral lesson, often using animals as characters.
myth
A fictional tale that explains the actions of gods or heroes, or the origins of elements of nature.
legend
A story handed down from the past.
fairytale
Fictional story that contains some or all of the following elements: once upon a time, bad guy vs good guy, good always wins, "they all live happily ever after"; often includes mythical creatures (fairies, elves, etc.).
realistic fiction
Fictional story where people and events are realistic and could happen in real life, but not based on real people or events.
historical fiction
A fictional story or novel set among actual events or a specific period of history.
science fiction
Story in a fantasy world based on varying degrees of scientific facts
fantasy
Story set in an unreal world with events that could not happen. Examples: Chroncles of Narnia, Harry Potter
autobiography
Story of a person's life written by that person.
biography
Story of a person's life written by another person (author).
tall tale
A fictional, humorous story written with characters larger than life with unbelievable events. Example: Paul Bunyon
comedy
A story or play intended to entertain and amuse, usually with a happy ending
tragedy
A type of serious drama that usually ends in disaster for the main character.