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Practice identifying 12 of the most common genres of literature with this printable, differentiated activity. There are 12 unique passages provided as well as an answer key for easy grading. A multiple choice version is provided as well as a version with a free response section instead. The free response version asks students to identify the genre (no choices are given) and to explain how they know.

This activity can be assigned as an independent practice activity, a review, or even an assessment. Assign it all at once, or break it up into sections as you teach them.

The genres included in this activity are:

  • Biography
  • Fantasy
  • Realistic fiction
  • Science fiction
  • Fairy tale
  • Poetry
  • Mythology
  • Adventure
  • Fable
  • Informational
  • Mystery
  • Historical fiction

You receive:

Printable PDF version:

  • 12 passages with multiple choice options (6 pages)
  • 12 passages with free response writing lines (12 pages)
  • An answer key