Help your students explore the different literary genres by downloading Easy Teacher Genre worksheets.

In all forms of creative expression such as art, music, and literature there are styles or forms of content that allows us to group bodies of work. These styles or groups are called genres. If you view a music app, you will clearly see all the different forms of music (Country, Hip Hop, Pop, etc.) available to be played. All of these different forms of expression have a particular feature that makes them stand out. It is important that students learn to distinguish between the different genres of work because it helps them set their expectations of the work. In literature there are five main genres of literature: drama, fiction, poetry, prose, and nonfiction. The nature of the genre of a piece of literature is often given away by the title. The cover of a book can also be a dead giveaway. The third-person view is when the author is serving as the narrator for the story. This form often uses third-person pronouns (he/she) throughout the work.

As your students make gains learning about grammar and phonics, the next step on the learning ladder involves getting the kids interested in reading books. By describing the numerous literary genres, you can direct students towards a genre or two that especially interests them. The 15 worksheets in the Genre series of grammar and phonics lessons offer different learning styles to match the unique needs of each kid. For example, more visually oriented students might prefer to learn about literary genres through the use of images. What literary genre sparks the interest in your students? You will never know until you unleash the education magic of Easy Teacher Genre worksheets.

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Printable Genres Worksheets

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Match Me Game

Match each genre with its purpose.

Genres in Literature

What does it mean when a work belongs to a particular genre?

Literary Types

Works that belong to a particular genre share certain characteristics. Identify the primary characteristics that each of the genres below have in common. Then provide an example of each.

Identifying the Genre

Read the passage. Identify the literary genre. You will also be asked why you saw it in a certain light.

What's the Genre?

Match each the description of each boo to the correct genre.

Fiction and It's Parts

In addition to the genres that you are probably familiar with, like science fiction, mysteries, or romance, fiction is often referred to by many different terms. Read each book description. Identify whether it is literary, commercial, or mainstream fiction.

Identifying What's Going On

Match each story description to the correct genre.

Characteristics of Different Genres

Match each genre to its primary characteristics.

Fiction and Non-fiction Genres

Identify whether each genre is fiction or non-fiction.

Famous Worksheet

The sentences below are descriptions of famous novels. Read the description and identify the most likely genre of each story. You may use each genre more than once.

Satire: Catch-22

Satire is characterized primarily by a strong sense of irony or sarcasm. Often, the irony is that the satire claims to approve of or champion the very aspect of individuals or society that it attacks.

Dystopia: 1984

A dystopia is an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded society.

In the Text

Read each story description. Identify the most likely genre, and write it on the line. Explain your answer by referring to the text.

Allegory: Animal Farm

An allegory is an artistic work that can be interpreted to reveal an additional, "hidden" (often moral or political) meaning.

The Adventure Genre

A story in the adventure genre is about events that happen outside the course of the protagonist's ordinary life.

My Adventure

Choose an adventure story. Read the book. Write a short persuasive paper that makes the case for why the book belongs in the adventure genre. Use the questions below as a guide.