Literary Genres – Free Poster




Literary genres is one of those topics that English teachers come back to little by little throughout the year. There are many genres, and lots of ideas about which ones  to include.  Here is the list I like to use.



Novels and short stories:  realistic fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, mystery

Traditional stories:  fairytale, fable, tall tale, myth



Many types including: couplet, ballad, free verse, limerick, haiku, concrete poem



Traditional categories: comedy, tragedy


Narrative Non-fiction

Includes: biography, autobiography, personal essay


Informational Text

Many types, including: essay, speech, news article, text book articles


I’ve put it all together in a little poster that I thought might be useful to post in the classroom or even to printout for students’ notebooks.  You can download it here: genres.





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