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Literary genres
  • All stories are either fiction or non-fiction. 
  • Fiction stories are made up by the author, 
  • non-fiction stories are true stories or stories based on historical facts.
  • These two types of stories can be further divided into many different sub-types, called genres

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a story about new and unknown technologies or inventions
a story about a real person 
a story in which strange events happen and problems have to be solved 
a story about things that really happened in the past, but with made-up characters
an imaginary story which could happen in real life
realistic fiction
historical fiction
science fiction

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What is the literary genre of the novel you are reading?

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1 Who is the main character in your story?
2 Which adjective would you use to describe the main character?
3 Find an adjective with the opposite meaning.
4 Is it possible to describe one of the other characters with the adjective mentioned under 3? If so, which character?
5 With which adjective would you describe yourself and why?


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The cover of a book. 
  • How important is the cover of a book? 
  • In turns describe the covers of the books you are reading. 
  • Does the cover match the book?
  • What do you learn about the book you're reading by just looking at its cover? 

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The first sentence. 
  • Take turns reading out loud the first sentence of your books. 
  • Is it a good opening sentence? 
  • Did it hook you?

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Let's meet!
Pick one of the characters from the book you're reading. 
Together write a dialogue in which your chosen characters  meet. 


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Look at the following statements and pick three of them. Think about your point of view: do you agree with them or would you challenge any of them? 

1 The setting of a story needs to create an atmosphere of danger.
2 In every story the narration can be seen as a journey the main character goes on.
3 The climax of a narrative has to come very late in the plot.
4 Ambiguous resolutions or story endings are so much more interesting.


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Turning a book into a film
The story you have read is a film-maker’s dream.
1 If you were a film-maker, what would be the first scene in your film?
2 What would be the final scene?
3 The story is too long and your time is limited, so you have to make some changes in the storyline. How would you change it?


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Rewrite a dialogue
1 Choose one dialogue or scene you have read.
2 How do the protagonists speak and how do they act?
3 For instance, do they have an accent, are they polite, do they remain calm or are they totally upset?
4 Rewrite the dialogue and make huge changes in the way they speak. Make sure your dialogue still fits in the main text.


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Write a possible conversation
1 Choose two characters from the story or the play you have just read.
2 Are they major or minor characters?
3 How are they related to each other?
4 Compare the way they behave and speak.
5 Write a conversation they might have or might have had.


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