Presentation on theme: "FOUR TYPES OF WRITING. Expository Essays Descriptive Essays Narrative Essays Argumentative Essays(Persuasive)"— Presentation transcript:
1 FOUR TYPES OF WRITING
2 Expository Essays Descriptive Essays Narrative Essays Argumentative Essays(Persuasive)
3 PURPOSE- EXPOSITORY ESSAY Five Paragraph Essay Examine an idea Gather and evaluate evidence * Common evaluation tool (especially on exams)
4 EXPOSITORY ESSAY Five Paragraphs: Paragraph 1- Introduction- thesis Paragraphs 2-4- Evidence based(body) Paragraph 5- Conclusion **Logical transitions between intro, body, conclusion
5 DESCRIPTIVE ESSAY Describe: to tell or depict in written or spoken words; give an account of Essay asks students to describe: Object Person Place Experience Situation Etc.
6 DESCRIPTIVE ESSAY Paint an image Create a mental image in reader’s mind Help reader feel like they are apart of the story
7 DESCRIPTIVE ESSAY Be cautious of word choice- be concise Use sensory language- smell, touch, feel, see, hear Use figurative language- simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, alliteration, personification, hyperbole Help reader connect Don’t just tell…SHOW!!
8 DESCRIPTIVE ESSAY Introductory Paragraph- sets the stage (who, what, where, when, why) Hook/Background info/thesis Body Paragraphs- Provide detail of experience Appeal to reader Provide Imagery Conclusion- Wrap-up experience; evaluates experience/importance *Uses effective transitions between intro, body, and conclusion
9 NARRATIVE ESSAY Tells a story Write using personal experiences Allows to be creative and “move” the reader May use pronoun “I”
10 NARRATIVE ESSAY Author can write about: An experience from the past Honorable mention Embarrassing moment Family vacation A recent event that is ongoing Current school year Athletics/after-school activity Something that happened to someone else Ex: a parent, sibling, grandparent
11 NARRATIVE ESSAY Think of using parts of a story: Introduction, characters, plot, setting, conclusion Think of purpose- similar to a thesis Clear language Effective conclusion
12 ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY- PERSUASIVE Examine/Investigate topic Form a position on topic Research/gather evidence
13 ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY Structure: Introduction- hook overview argument thesis- form position on argument (3 supportive reasons Body(3)- focus on one piece of evidence per paragraph Go F.A.R (factual, anecdotal, reference authority) Conclusion- Re-state thesis Effective closing remark
14 ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY Must use- logical and accurate information Must cite sources In-text citations Works cited page Must use effective transitions
Types of Essays: End the Confusion
Effectively writing different types of essays has become critical to academic success. Essay writing is a common school assignment, a part of standardized tests, and a requirement on college applications. Often on tests, choosing the correct type of essay to write in response to a writing prompt is key to getting the question right. Clearly, students can’t afford to remain confused about types of essays.
There are over a dozen types of essays, so it’s easy to get confused. However, rest assured, the number is actually more manageable. Essentially there are four major types of essays, with the variations making up the remainder.
Four Major Types of Essays
Distinguishing between types of essays is simply a matter of determining the writer’s goal. Does the writer want to tell about a personal experience, describe something, explain an issue, or convince the reader to accept a certain viewpoint? The four major types of essays address these purposes:
1. Narrative Essays: Telling a Story
In a narrative essay, the writer tells a story about a real-life experience. While telling a story may sound easy to do, the narrative essay challenges students to think and write about themselves. When writing a narrative essay, writers should try to involve the reader by making the story as vivid as possible. The fact that narrative essays are usually written in the first person helps engage the reader. “I” sentences give readers a feeling of being part of the story. A well-crafted narrative essay will also build towards drawing a conclusion or making a personal statement.
2. Descriptive Essays: Painting a Picture
A cousin of the narrative essay, a descriptive essay paints a picture with words. A writer might describe a person, place, object, or even memory of special significance. However, this type of essay is not description for description’s sake. The descriptive essay strives to communicate a deeper meaning through the description. In a descriptive essay, the writer should show, not tell, through the use of colorful words and sensory details. The best descriptive essays appeal to the reader’s emotions, with a result that is highly evocative.
3. Expository Essays: Just the Facts
The expository essay is an informative piece of writing that presents a balanced analysis of a topic. In an expository essay, the writer explains or defines a topic, using facts, statistics, and examples. Expository writing encompasses a wide range of essay variations, such as the comparison and contrast essay, the cause and effect essay, and the “how to” or process essay. Because expository essays are based on facts and not personal feelings, writers don’t reveal their emotions or write in the first person.
4. Persuasive Essays: Convince Me
While like an expository essay in its presentation of facts, the goal of the persuasive essay is to convince the reader to accept the writer’s point of view or recommendation. The writer must build a case using facts and logic, as well as examples, expert opinion, and sound reasoning. The writer should present all sides of the argument, but must be able to communicate clearly and without equivocation why a certain position is correct.
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