• A non-fiction story is a true story that has happened before (real life).
  • A non-fiction writing piece may explain a subject or speculate about what may happen with the scientific evidence provided.

Genres of Non-Fiction:

Biographies- A detailed explanation of the events of someone's life (An autobiography is a biography written by the person whose life is the subject)
Persuasive- Uses information to try and get someone to think in a new or different way
Expository- Informs on a subject with facts
Narrative- Tells the story of events that really happens
Essay- Uses information to show or support the author's thoughts or opinions
Memoirs: Memoirs tell the story of part of a person’s life, usually as a limited autobiography. For example, a person might write a detailed memoir about her experiences during World War II, but not talk about her life before or after the war.

History: History books describe events that took place in the past. World history describes events from cultures around the world, while American history focuses on events of the United States.
Travel/Geography: Travel books describe the land and sights of a city, state, country, or region. They may provide information that would help you plan a trip. Geography books will provide information on a country or state, but will not have trip-planning information.
Music/Art/Architecture: Music, art, and architecture books give examples of those art forms and provide some information on their creators.
Crafts: Crafts books show projects that you can complete.
Cookbooks: Cookbooks explain how to create snacks, meals, or beverages, by cooking, baking, or mixing ingredients
From source:
http://www.sd129.org/database/lmcs/jewel/reading%20-%20genres%20of%20nonfiction.doc
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