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Reading in the fifth grade takes your child to the next level, both in comprehension and enjoyment.  We will be learning how to conduct research and put together a cohesive report on various subjects.  In addition, your child will be reading a variety of texts, both in the classroom and individually.  To enhance this exploration, here is a list of the various genres we will encounter.  Following the list is a bingo-type board.  The challenge will be for your student to reach Bingo every quarter.  Incentives await those who reach this goal!

A genre refers to a category or grouping.  In this instance, the genre is the type of literature you are reading.  This chart shows the various kinds of genres you can choose from
Traditional Fiction
The stories that are passed down from person to person are grouped together in the traditional fiction genre.  These stories are also called folklore and include fairy tales, folktales, myths, and legends.  
Science Fiction
Science fiction includes stories that are based on scientific knowledge or theory.  For example, these stories might be about space, time travel, or other scientific ventures.
Historical Fiction
Narrative accounts of history are called historical fiction.  These stories contain either factual information or people who actually lived.  The setting of these stories is sometime in the past.
Realistic Fiction
Realistic or contemporary fiction refers to stories that are made up but seem real.  The stories seem to be happening now.
Classic Fiction
Classic fiction refers to books that are recognized as great books and have stood the test of time.  They are the books that have been printed and reprinted for many generations.
Works of the fantasy genre are those that could not possibly happen.  Sometimes there are talking animals or incidents of magic in these stories.
Mysteries are stories that attempt to rouse your curiosity.  Often they involve the reader by weaving a puzzle or creating a crime to be solved.  The problem is usually solved toward the end of the story.
Nonfiction: Informative Text
Informative text refers to a variety of literature that gives you information about places and things.  Examples include books that gives you directions on how to build something or  books written about a particular country or city.
A biography is the story of an actual person's life.  An autobiography is a book about the author's life written by the author.  In both cases, these accounts are accurate and based on fact.
Poetry has many forms and cannot be easily defined.  It is a way to creatively express ideas and reflects a keen awareness of language.  There are many kinds of poems.  Some have a certain number of lines or syllables.  Some rhyme, while others do not.
Adventure stories are often stories of survival or tales of great quests.  The main characters are challenged throughout the story.

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