What Are the Genres of Literature?
Ever had a movie suggested by a friend? The next question you ask is, ‘what kind of movie is it? Is it scary? Is it funny? Or is it romantic?’
Genre is a broad term that refers to a kind of art, music, literature revolving around specific content, characters, and style. When there are enough characteristics that align together in a genre, they are said to be of the same genre. The genres in literature have distinct features that help readers to differentiate between the book.
Hence, the readers must know the book genre they choose to read because they might have certain expectations attached to the book prior to reading.
The following are the five types of genres in literature:
Poetry: This primary literary genre is written in stanzas and lines instead of long paragraphs. Some poems follow strict rules, while others follow a free-flowing style.
Fiction: It is any work that is written in prose and is not real. This genre is more structured and written in paragraphs with proper punctuation and grammar.
Non-fiction: The third broad category of the genre is non-fiction. It is the exact opposite of fiction, i.e., it comes from real-life. Most of the non-fiction works are based on real-world experiences and examples.
Drama: The fourth genre is more like a play. It has dialogues, directions, and scene settings. It is usually performed in front of an audience, and it is further categorized as: comedy, tragic, sci-fi, tragic-comedy, etc.
Match each genre with the element it is likely to contain.
Match each story description to the correct genre.
Match each genre to its primary characteristics.
Fiction is generally divided into four broad categories.
Read the description of each category below. Then write
the name of each category on the line.
A series of reading questions that are aimed at specific well known fables.
We jump over to this genres and explore famous fairy tales.
Some great reading sheets that go hand-in-hand with well known legendary tales.
Explore some well respected tall tales.
Match each genre with its characteristics.
What are the four main genres of literature? Briefly describe each.
List the primary characteristics of each genre. Provide an example of each. If
you are not familiar with any works of a genre, use the internet as a reference
tool, or visit the library.
Summarize a fantasy story that you have read or seen (in a movie
or on TV). Describe how you know the story belongs to the fantasy
Identify whether each genre is fiction or non-fiction.
Which picture could be on the front cover of a mystery novel?
Satire is a genre that holds the vices, follies, abuses, and
shortcomings of individuals or societies up to ridicule. Writers
sometimes use satire to try to shame or embarrass people,
organizations, governments, or society into improving.
Dystopias are a sub-genre of science fiction. Dystopia is similar to
satire in that both are essentially works of social criticism, but a
dystopia doe not typically include the element of humor.
Which of the following is characteristic of a science fiction story?
Write one paragraph that could go into a story of the genre that you
chose. Include elements of that genre so that it is clear to the reader
what genre you are writing in.
Choose an adventure story. Read the book. Write a
short persuasive paper that argues why the book belongs in the
adventure genre. Use the questions below as a guide.