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Types of Writing

Descriptive Writing

When writing a Descriptive Writing Paper, you want to help the reader experience the subject that is being described. To help you writer you might want to look in newspaper, watch TV to look at commercials, travel guides, and stories. When you write your descriptive paper you want to reveal as much senses to the reader as possible. This will allow the reader to appreciate the subject more fully.

Suggestion: When writing a descriptive paper make sure that the reader can use all 5 senses: Smelling, tasting, Hearing, touching, and seeing.

Prompt: Write a descriptive paragraph using all 5 senses.

Narrative Writing

A Narrative is a story of an event. This could be personal or historical. When writing a narrative paper you include:

-Plot The story’s actions and events. Tell what is happening in the story.

-Conflict The problem in the story

-Resolution The solution in to the problem in the story

-Characters The people, the animals, or the main actors within the story.

-Theme The overall idea

-Setting The time and place the events the narrative occurred.

-Mood The overall feeling, of the narrative.

Suggestion: When writing a Narrative include all 7 elements for a narrative.

Prompt Write a story about your past using all 7 narrative elements.

Expository Writing

Expository Writing gives directions, explaining an idea or term, comparing one thing to another, and explaining how to do something. (Grammar and Composition Handbook, p456) The purpose of this is to inform your reader on how to do something. Here are some types of Expository Writing:

-Explain a Process Uses steps to explain how something is done, happens, works, or is done.

-Cause and Effects Finds the causes or effects or both of a system: examines the relationships and draw conclusions. (Grammar and Composition Handbook, p457)

-Compare and Contrast Examines the similarities and differences to draw conclusions.

-Definition Explains a term or concept by listing and examining its qualities and characteristics. (Grammar and Composition Handbook, p457)

-Problem and Solutions Examines aspect of a complex problem and explores or purposes possible solutions. (Grammar and Composition Handbook, p457)

Suggestion: When writing a Expository paper make sure that it follows one of the expository types.

Prompt Pick one of the types expository and write a paragraph about one of the types. (For Compare and Contrast, Compare and Contrast Los Angeles and New York)

Persuasive Writing

Persuasive writing gets the reader to do or even buy something. Persuasive writing gets others to change their minds about something to get the reader on your side. Persuasive writing:

-Changes their minds about topics

- To Convince them to buy product

-To get them to vote for a certain candidate or issue.

Suggestion: When writing a persuasive paper make sure that it is something that nay interest a person and something that somebody might want or want to buy.

Prompt Invent a product that someone might want to buy and write a paragraph about why should someone want to buy this product.