Ch 25: Genre & Form

About This Chapter

Take a look at this online literature lesson and find out how to provide reading and writing instruction for students in grades 6-12. Learn what kinds of materials and methods you can use to teach literature and introduce your students to literary genres.

Genres and Forms - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our experienced and informed instructors will explain how literature is classified into genres or types, according to content, length, tone and writing technique. Find out how to identify the key literary devices used in the two main categories of fiction and nonfiction, including short stories, novels, novellas and poetry. Additional chapter topics include an introduction to nonfiction epistolary writing, such as diaries and letters.

As an educator, you can learn how to help your students understand the organizational structures found in different types of literary materials. You will also see how listening and speaking can help them acquire critical literary skills and identify appropriate means for student assessments. At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the characteristics found in a variety of literary genres
  • Identify the unique qualities associated with different literary movements
  • Take an appropriate critical approach to literary genres and movements
  • Choose the best materials and methods for teaching literature

Our online video tutorials are easy to understand and fun to follow. Taught by professional and knowledgeable instructors, they can help facilitate the learning process, especially for busy students and educators. Along with lesson transcripts, the tutorials include in-text links to key terms that allow for quick access to additional information. Students can also test their own knowledge of the material through self-assessment quizzes.

12 Lessons in Chapter 25: Genre & Form
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Literary Fiction: Definition & Examples

1. Literary Fiction: Definition & Examples

Literary fiction is fiction that has value and merit in the social world. Learn about what makes fiction 'literary' through descriptions and famous examples.

Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

2. Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

Learn how fiction is organized by length into three categories: novels, novellas and short stories. Explore the general characteristics of each type, and learn about some famous examples.

Short Stories: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

3. Short Stories: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

We've all read short stories, such as 'A Country Doctor' by Franz Kafka or Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Tell-Tale Heart.' In this lesson, you'll learn more about the characteristics of the short story and explore some noteworthy examples by American and European writers.

Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

4. Literary Genres: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn what is meant by the term genre. In addition, the main types of literary genres will be described, with examples given for each.

Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples

5. Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples

Although non-fiction might seem fairly straightforward, there are quite a few different genres within non-fiction that are easy to confuse. With this in mind, we'll consider the similarities and differences between biographies, autobiographies and memoirs, essays, and journalism.

The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

6. The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples

In this lesson, learn about fables, folktales, myths and legends, stories that entertain and serve instructive or educational purposes. Discover how these types of stories differ from one another and about their prevalence throughout the world.

What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

7. What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

Ever wonder why we use the word 'drama' when referencing people who overreact to a situation? Discover the definition of drama, its different styles, and why your friends might belong on the stage in this overview of the dramatic genre.

Mystery Genre: Definition, Characteristics & Elements

8. Mystery Genre: Definition, Characteristics & Elements

In this lesson, we'll define the mystery genre of detective writing and examine some of the characteristics and elements that make this genre unique, such as the use of dramatic tension.

What is Modern Fantasy Literature? - Definition, Authors & Novels

9. What is Modern Fantasy Literature? - Definition, Authors & Novels

Wizards, werewolves, and all manner of wondrous places wait for you in this lesson! Come discover modern fantasy literature and meet some of the authors and their works that have made the genre what it is today.

Epic Poetry: Definition, Heroes & Stories

10. Epic Poetry: Definition, Heroes & Stories

Learn about epic poetry in the ancient world. Explore two epic poems, ''Gilgamesh'' and ''The Iliad'' and discover the information these poems contain about the cultures that created them.

Tragedy in Literature: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

11. Tragedy in Literature: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, you will focus on the literary tragedy, its characteristics, and how it moves the reader. You'll also examine some examples of tragedies, both ancient and modern.

Comedy Genre: Definition & Characteristics

12. Comedy Genre: Definition & Characteristics

Comedies are designed to make us laugh - sometimes even until we cry - but what actually defines a 'comedy'? Get a quick reminder in this lesson, where you'll learn the definition and take a closer look at the characteristics of this hilarious literary genre!

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