Types of Writing. Sophomore English.
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This type of writing tells a story. Both what happened and the order in which the events occur are communicated to the reader. Effective narration requires the writer to give a clear sequence of events and elaborate upon them. Narrative writing can be fiction or non-fiction. An example of narrative writing is a novel, play or short story.Narrative
This type of writing states the opinion of the writer and attempts to influence the reader. Effective persuasive writing requires a writer to clearly state an opinion and supply reasons and specific examples that support the opinion. A lot of persuasive writing ends with a call to action. An example of persuasive writing is the editorial page in a newspaper.Persuasive
This type of writing uses the five senses to paint a picture for the reader. It incorporates imagery and specific details. An effective description contains enough details to vividly relate to the reader that the write sees, hears, smells, touches, and tastes. Descriptive writing can be used in both fiction and non-fiction.Descriptive
This type of writing is defined as writing which gives the reader information and explanations. Logical ordering should be used with appropriate sequencing of ideas. Effective expository should contain a main idea, supporting details, and a conclusion. An example of expository writing is a school textbook.Expository
This type of writing is a subset of expository writing. It presents instructions or steps on how to complete a process. An example of technical writing is an instruction manual.Technical
“Technical writing conveys specific information about a technical subject to a specific audience for a specific purpose… The words and graphics of technical writing are meant to be practical: that is, to communicate a body of factual information that will help an audience understand a subject or carry out a task.”
- Michael H. Markel
Director of Technical Communication
Boise State UniversityWhat is technical writing?
Probably more technical writers write some sort of instructions than any other type of technical writing. And quite often the writer does the research, the writing, the editing, and often even the illustrating and formatting.In the real world…
You are all working for a company that manufactures mouse traps. As a writer are given the project of writing instructions for setting a mouse trap. I have a trap and some bait for each group to do your own research.
This time I want you to limit your number of steps to no more than 4 and limit your number words to no more than 12 words per step. Less would be better. Your warning can be in addition to the steps.