Fictional Genres

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10201

Do you enjoy different types of books? Do you like to read about real people or fake creatures? Action or drama? Books fall into genres. What's a genre? Find out and complete a project to prove it!



learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

  • When you pick out a movie to watch, do you usually pick an action-packed hero movie, a Disney fairy tale, a scary monster movie, or a documentary to learn something?

Each type of movie is part of a different genre you will learn about in this lesson!

Stories written as books are categorized in genres.

There are 2 main genre categories: fiction and non-fiction.

  • What is fiction?

It is a piece of writing where the author uses imaginary people or events.

Non-fiction is the opposite of fiction. Non-fiction writing is based on facts, using real people and events, and includes biographies and histories.

You're going to look at the subgenres of fiction.

  • Do you already know some of the different genres, called subgenres, in fictional literature?
  1. As you go through the Genre Who? slideshow below (Alabama Learning Exchange), fill in the Fictional Genre Graphic Organizer from Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.
  2. Include each subgenre, its definition, and an example.
  3. After going through the presentation, can you say what fictional genre you enjoy the most, and why?

Watching this Introduction to Genre video from Teaching Library will also help you learn more about genres:


When you are ready, continue on to the Got It? section to test your knowledge!

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