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Fiction Genres 
What kind of 
story are you 
reading?
Essential Questions 
• How can I identify fiction genres? 
• And why should I care?
What is a genre? 
• A genre is a kind of text 
• Different genres have different kinds of 
settings, conflicts, and charac...
Fiction Genres 
• Historical fiction 
• Realistic fiction 
• Fantasy 
• Science fiction 
• Mystery 
• Folktales 
• Genre h...
Fiction Genres 
• Historical fiction 
• Realistic fiction 
• Fantasy 
• Science fiction 
• Mystery 
• Folktales 
• Genre h...
Historical Fiction 
Historical fiction stories take place in the past 
They might include real 
people, events, and 
place...
Historical Fiction 
Which one is the beginning of a historical fiction 
story about school? 
Marcy rode the school 
bus to...
Historical Fiction 
Which one is the beginning of a historical fiction 
story about school? 
John walked to school. 
He ne...
Historical Fiction 
What details show that this is historical fiction? 
John walked to school. 
He needed to arrive early ...
Historical Fiction 
What details show that this is historical fiction? 
John walked to school. 
He needed to arrive early ...
Historical Fiction 
Which should you think about and notice as 
you read historical fiction? 
A.How people use really cool...
Historical Fiction 
Which should you think about and notice as 
you read historical fiction? 
A.How people use really cool...
Why should I care? 
• Readers can often learn a great deal about 
history from reading historical fiction 
• As you read, ...
Learning from historical fiction 
Think about a historical fiction book that you 
have read. What was it about? What did y...
Fiction Genres 
• Historical fiction 
• Realistic fiction 
• Fantasy 
• Science fiction 
• Mystery 
• Folktales 
• Genre h...
Realistic Fiction 
• Realistic fiction stories take place in the 
PRESENT 
• They include characters and situations that 
...
Realistic Fiction 
• Realistic fiction stories usually look at topics 
like friendship, growing up, and being in a 
family
Realistic Fiction 
Can you find the example of realistic fiction? 
Cousins can be so 
annoying! Robert 
stood outside on t...
Realistic Fiction 
Can you find the example of realistic fiction? 
Cousins can be so 
annoying! Robert 
stood outside on t...
Realistic Fiction 
Can you find the example of realistic fiction? 
Cousins can be so 
annoying! Robert 
stood outside on t...
Why should I care? 
• Realistic fiction stories often involve 
characters like you 
• Reading about how other kids solve t...
Comparing genres 
• How are historical fiction and realistic fiction 
different from one another? 
• Which one do you pref...
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Fiction Genres 1

  1. 1. Fiction Genres What kind of story are you reading?
  2. 2. Essential Questions • How can I identify fiction genres? • And why should I care?
  3. 3. What is a genre? • A genre is a kind of text • Different genres have different kinds of settings, conflicts, and characters
  4. 4. Fiction Genres • Historical fiction • Realistic fiction • Fantasy • Science fiction • Mystery • Folktales • Genre hybrids
  5. 5. Fiction Genres • Historical fiction • Realistic fiction • Fantasy • Science fiction • Mystery • Folktales • Genre hybrids
  6. 6. Historical Fiction Historical fiction stories take place in the past They might include real people, events, and places, but also include parts that are made up by the author
  7. 7. Historical Fiction Which one is the beginning of a historical fiction story about school? Marcy rode the school bus to school. She was excited about her day. Today there would be an assembly about reptiles! She couldn’t wait to see some real, live snakes. John walked to school. He needed to arrive early so that he could start the fire in the stove. Without the stove, the schoolroom would be very cold!
  8. 8. Historical Fiction Which one is the beginning of a historical fiction story about school? John walked to school. He needed to arrive early so that he could start the fire in the stove. Without the stove, the schoolroom would be very cold!
  9. 9. Historical Fiction What details show that this is historical fiction? John walked to school. He needed to arrive early so that he could start the fire in the stove. Without the stove, the schoolroom would be very cold!
  10. 10. Historical Fiction What details show that this is historical fiction? John walked to school. He needed to arrive early so that he could start the fire in the stove. Without the stove, the schoolroom would be very cold!
  11. 11. Historical Fiction Which should you think about and notice as you read historical fiction? A.How people use really cool machines B.How children everywhere are all the same C.How the conflict often comes from historical events or settings
  12. 12. Historical Fiction Which should you think about and notice as you read historical fiction? A.How people use really cool machines B.How children everywhere are all the same C.How the conflict often comes from historical events or settings
  13. 13. Why should I care? • Readers can often learn a great deal about history from reading historical fiction • As you read, notice the names of the important people, places, and events
  14. 14. Learning from historical fiction Think about a historical fiction book that you have read. What was it about? What did you learn?
  15. 15. Fiction Genres • Historical fiction • Realistic fiction • Fantasy • Science fiction • Mystery • Folktales • Genre hybrids
  16. 16. Realistic Fiction • Realistic fiction stories take place in the PRESENT • They include characters and situations that could really happen • But realistic fiction stories are still made up by the author
  17. 17. Realistic Fiction • Realistic fiction stories usually look at topics like friendship, growing up, and being in a family
  18. 18. Realistic Fiction Can you find the example of realistic fiction? Cousins can be so annoying! Robert stood outside on the kitchen porch. His cousin had tramped into his bedroom and stolen his new video game console. What a pain! Hmm..this gadget had real possibilities. As I looked at the Time Travel 2000 Zapper, I imagined all of the great places I could visit. I couldn’t wait!
  19. 19. Realistic Fiction Can you find the example of realistic fiction? Cousins can be so annoying! Robert stood outside on the kitchen porch. His cousin had tramped into his bedroom and stolen his new video game console. What a pain!
  20. 20. Realistic Fiction Can you find the example of realistic fiction? Cousins can be so annoying! Robert stood outside on the kitchen porch. His cousin had tramped into his bedroom and stolen his new video game console. What a pain! This takes place in the present. It includes events that could happen in real life, so it is realistic fiction.
  21. 21. Why should I care? • Realistic fiction stories often involve characters like you • Reading about how other kids solve their problems can help you to think about your own life and how you can solve problems
  22. 22. Comparing genres • How are historical fiction and realistic fiction different from one another? • Which one do you prefer? Why?

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