Literary Genres: Fiction part 2

hello my name is Kylie and welcome to
reading literary genre part 2 in part 1 of the video we’ve learned about the
difference between fiction and nonfiction writing and we’re introduced
to the first six types of fiction writing in this video you’ll learn about
six more styles of literature you can choose to read let’s go okay so there are many types of fiction
reading in this video we’ll look at folktale fairy tale mystery historical
fiction drama and poetry let me explain what these types of writings are about
these two types of genre are very similar they both were stories told to
entertain folk tales were stories people told one another around a fire or at
bedtime or at dinner I know it’s hard to believe but there was a time when there
was no tablets laptops televisions or radios fairytales are a specific kind of
folk tale folk tales could tell the story of a local person doing a good
deed having a bad day or getting a wonderful gift on their birthday fairy
tales were a form of fantasy fiction and usually had fantastic beasts fairies
witches and other make-believe creatures they often were meant to be scary and
shocking there are many famous examples of fairy tales you may have read about
Cinderella The Little Mermaid or Jack and the Beanstalk mysteries are stories
that leave you in suspense and often ask whodunit a mystery is usually all about
some sort of crime and people who are trying to solve it
it can also be about a missing item or even who planned a surprise party mysteries are fun to read because as a
story happens you can gather your own clues and try to predict or discover who
did what here are several mysteries you may enjoy the mysteries of Sherlock
Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle adapted by Judith Conway chasing vermeer by blue
balliett the Hardy Boys series by Franklin W Dixon and the
Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene historical fiction takes us way back in
time to a real historical event wait what did I just say real yes but there’s
a catch the event from history itself is real
but most of the story the people and the small events are made up confusing yeah
it can be but let me help think about an event from history let’s say the
American Revolutionary War in the late 1700s of course it was definitely a real
war and had many famous historical figures involved in it George Washington
comes to mind an author who is writing a historical fiction piece may start with
the true event and build a story around it let’s say I take the George
Washington’s Crossing the Delaware River with his troops a real event but I make
up the story of Scott Townsley I made a person who made the boat he crossed in I
make up the boat maker an exciting story to go with how he barely made the boat
in time to help George Washington crossed the Delaware River you see the
story is partly true with real details about George Washington the
Revolutionary War and the Delaware River but also has made up or fictitious parts
like Scott the boat maker and his crazy adventure making the boat a great story
that shows this and happens to be about the Revolutionary War is Phoebe the spy
by Judith Barry Griffin other amazing works of historical fiction are Around
the World in eighty Days by Jules Verne the call of the wild by Jack London and
Heidi by Johanna Spyri here’s an interesting thing that happens with some
stories some stories start out as realistic fiction then end up being
historical fiction because of the passage of time
remember the book Black Beauty we mentioned earlier
well when it was written in 1877 it was considered realistic fiction it’s now
been over 140 years since it’s been written putting the setting in the past
we now would consider it to be historical fiction
I wonder what books are being written right now that will be around to be
thought of as historical fiction in a hundred years or more drama is a made-up
story written to be performed on a stage this is also called a play dramas can be
any of the type of fiction we have already discussed one thing that makes
drama different from other genres is that it includes directions for the
actors and lists dialogue or words to be spoken it looks very different from
other types of writing take a look at a sample from a play about a garden in the
city poetry is a lot of fun to both read and write from song lyrics to greeting
cards poetry is part of our everyday culture poetry is written in sections
called verses these verses are made up of lines each line is brief or short
poetry uses colorful words and shows how a person feels and thinks and dreams
poems can rhyme or not they don’t have to some poetry can be very organized
like a haiku or a sonnet these types of poem have a set pattern and rules to how
you write them other poems are called free verse and they have no rules
haikus are an example of a very structured poem
this means strict writing rules that must be followed all haikus have 17
syllables and three lines the first line having five syllables the second line
having seven syllables and the third line having five syllables again there
are usually about nature but they also don’t have to be here’s an example of a
haiku an ocean voyage when blue waves tickle
my toes the sea is my home here’s an example of
a free verse poem with no set rules to follow the author just wrote what they
felt and what came to their mind the end of my sweet oh the pain my sadness is so
much I no longer have that bumpy ice-cream cone to touch I don’t know how
I’ll get through the day the night the next day I am suffering but wait that
noise could it be the amazing sound of the ice-cream man’s truck okay nevermind
I am cool woo oh the drama well now we’ve covered many more types of fiction
you can read and write which one is your favorite oh one more thing if you really
like to read a specific literary genre why don’t you try creating a piece of
writing yourself if you’re interested in learning more about how to go about this
you could watch our video series on the writing process to practice what you’ve
learned be sure to play our fun online games and quizzes until next time
remember to always be clever

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