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Essays. Senior High English. Types of Essays. Narrative – has a purpose for telling; a true event; a single incident Memoir - a person’s story about his or her life Descriptive - writing that creates images of people, places, objects

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Senior High English

Types of essays
Types of Essays

  • Narrative – has a purpose for telling; a true event; a single incident

  • Memoir - a person’s story about his or her life

  • Descriptive - writing that creates images of people, places, objects

  • Argumentative – a rational argument which uses evidence

  • Persuasive -writing that attempts to convince the audience to adopt a certain point of view or to act in a certain way

5 types of expository essays
5 Types of Expository Essays

Expository essays are characterized on the basis of their method of development:

  • Example and Illustration

  • Cause and Effect

  • Classification and Division

  • Process Analysis

  • Comparison and/or Contrast

Method of organization
Method of Organization

Expository Essay: general to specific

  • a thesis in an expository essay is supported with arguments, examples

  • Introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion

Method of organization1
Method of Organization

Narrative Essay:

  • organized by sequence of events

  • chronological (time order)

Method of organization2
Method of Organization

Descriptive Essay:

  • Spatial -space ( i.e your favourite place)

    • where the eye moves: up, down, over, across, under, etc. )

  • Dominant impression: overall description of an object, place, etc.

    • i.e. My car is a jalopy, but I love it.

    • The bedroom is a dump.  I think I have carpet under the piles of clothes and junk.

Purpose the reason for writing
Purpose: The Reason for Writing

  • Remember the three “E’s”

    • To explain

    • To educate

    • To entertain AND

    • To inform

    • To analyze

    • To tell a story

    • To describe


  • A writer’s purpose is often shaped by the kind of audience they are writing for:

    • Young people

    • Parents

    • Government

    • Daycare workers

    • Store owners

    • Consumers

    • Avoid “everyone” – try to be specific

Thesis statement
Thesis Statement

  • The overall idea of the essay containing the writer’s main through in sentence form.

  • Should be expressed in one or two sentences

Topic sentence
Topic Sentence

  • The topic sentence does for a paragraph what a thesis does for a complete essay.

  • Expresses the main idea contained in the paragraph

  • It is often placed as the first sentence in the paragraph


  • The personality of the speaker or the author (persona), coming through in a work, , created through a combination of diction, point of view, and tone.


  • The author's attitude towards his topic and/or audience.

  • Although an author may directly state this attitude it is more likely to be implied.

  • Tone is considered formal or informal; personal or impersonal


The tone is implied through:

  • the author's diction (word choice)

  • through the connotation (what a word suggests beyond its dictionary meaning)

  • and from sentence structure i.e. long sentences suggest a serious or more formal tone

Examples of tone
Examples of Tone

  • Angry

  • Sad

  • Sentimental

  • Afraid

  • Happy

  • Sharp

  • Cold

  • Happy

  • Detached

  • Cynical

  • Upset

  • Joking

  • Sympathetic

  • Wonderment

  • Silly

  • Childish

  • Confused

  • Humorous

  • Thoughtful

  • Apologetic

  • Joyful

  • Sweet

  • Objective

  • Disgust

  • Sarcastic

  • Mocking

  • Pitiful

  • Bitter

  • Arrogance

  • Vexed

  • Nostalgic

  • Horrific

  • Proud

  • Furious

Style informal
Style: Informal

  • Slang

  • Colloquialisms –sayings common to a culture

  • plain language of everyday use

  • idiomatic expressions

  • – ace up your sleeve; above board; cut the apron strings

  • Contractions – can’t; won’t; I’ll

  • many simple, common words.

Style formal
Style: Formal

  • Writer uses dignified, serious, and elevated language;

  • Follows the rules of syntax exactly

  • Uses complex words and lofty tone.


  • Unity – refers to the tying together of ideas to connect to the thesis\

  • Oneness in writing

How unity is achieved
How Unity is Achieved:

  • Clear thesis statement

  • Each part of the essay relates to the thesis

  • Generalizations are supported with evidence – use of examples

  • Topic sentences in body paragraphs relate to the thesis

  • Types of closings

Unity and types of closings
Unity and Types of Closings

Types of Closings:

  • Summary

  • Thesis restatement

  • Closing by return

Unity in specific types of essays
Unity in Specific Types of Essays

Expository essay – single focus

Descriptive essay – dominant impression

Narrative essay – concentration on a single story


  • The arranging of ideas in logical order to show relationships between ideas through the use of the following main writing techniques:

    1. Transitional Terms

    2. Pronoun Reference

    3. Repetition of Key Words

    4. Use of Synonyms

    5. Parallel Structure

1 transitions
1. Transitions

  • Words, phrases, or even sentences used to show the relationship between ideas

    • in a sentence

    • within a paragraph

    • between paragraphs

      Transitions help to achieve unity and coherence.

Examples of transitions
Examples of Transitions

  • A good education is important for a number of reasons. First, it broadens your mind. Second, you learn new things. Finally, you prepare for the future.

Examples of transitions1
Examples of Transitions

  • I like autumn, and yetautumn is a sad time of the year, too. The leaves turn bright shades of red and the weather is mild, but

    I can't help thinking ahead to the winter and the ice storms that will surely blow through here. In addition, that will be the season of chapped faces, too many layers of clothes to put on, and days when I'll have to shovel heaps of snow from my car's windshield.


To Add:

and, again, and then, besides, equally important, finally, further, furthermore, moreover, in addition, first (second, etc.),

To Compare:

but, yet, on the other hand, however, nevertheless, on the other hand, on the contrary, by comparison, compared to,

balanced, although, conversely, meanwhile, after all, in contrast, although this may be true

To Prove:

because, for, since, for the same reason, obviously, evidently, furthermore, moreover, besides, indeed, in fact, in


To Show Time:

immediately, thereafter, soon, after a few hours, finally, then, later, previously, formerly, first (second, etc.), next, and


To Emphasize:

definitely, obviously, in fact, indeed, in any case, absolutely, positively, naturally, unquestionably, without a doubt,

certainly, undeniably, without reservation

To Show Sequence:

first, second, third, and so forth. following this, at this time, now, at this point, after, afterward, subsequently, finally,

consequently, previously, thus, therefore, hence, next, and then, soon

To Give an Example:

for example, for instance, in this case, take the case of, to demonstrate, to illustrate, as an illustration, to illustrate

To Summarize or Conclude:

in brief, on the whole, summing up, to conclude, hence, therefore, accordingly, thus, as a result, consequently

2 pronoun reference
2. Pronoun Reference

This, that, these, those, he, she, it, they, we

are useful pronouns for referring back to something previously mentioned.


When scientific experiments do not work out as expected, they are often considered failures until some other scientist tries them again. Those that work out better the second time around are the ones that promise the most rewards.

3 repetition
3. Repetition

helps to focus ideas and to keep the reader on track.


The problem with contemporary art is that it is not easily understood by most people. Contemporary artis deliberately abstract, and that means it leaves the viewer wondering what she is lookingat.

4 use of synonyms
4. Use of synonyms


words that have essentially the same meaning, and they provide some variety in word choice, helping the reader to stay focused on the idea being discussed.


Myths narrate sacred histories and explain sacred origins. Thesetraditional narratives are, in short, a set of beliefs that are a very real force in the lives of the people who tell them.

5 parallel structure
5. Parallel Structure

  • using the same pattern of words to show that two or more ideas have the same level of importance.

    • This can happen at the word, phrase, or sentence level.


      Mary likes to hike, to swim, and to ride a bicycle.

      The coach told the players that they should get a lot of sleep, that they should not eat too much, and that they should do some warm-up exercises before the game.


7 different types of openings:

  • Anecdote – brief story

  • Shocking statistic

  • Question

  • Quotation

  • Brief description

  • A personal example

  • Definition


  • Call to action (for persuasive essays)

  • Thesis restatement – the thesis is reworded

  • Closing by return – the writer refers to something from the opening

  • Summary – a main point or two from each body paragraph

Sentence fluency
Sentence Fluency

  • writers achieve coherency with effective use of sentences.

Short sentences
Short Sentences

Short sentences: (and sentence fragments – incomplete thoughts, phrases)

  • Speed up a piece of writing – rapid movement

  • Create tension – anxiety, fear, excitement

  • Used for emphasis - identify what is being stressed

Long sentences
Long Sentences

  • Develop more complex ideas

  • Serious description

  • Formal writing


Diction= author’s word choice

  • Examine the dictionary meaning of words – denotation

  • Figure out the implied meaning or the connotation


There is no single, correct diction in the English language; instead, you choose different words or phrases for different contexts:

To a friend             "a screw-up"

To a child"a mistake"

To the police"an accident"

To an employer"an oversight”

Rhetorical question
Rhetorical Question

  • It is not a question to be answered. It is used to:

    • Launch or further discussion

    • Capture interests of the audience

    • Identify the topic; often focuses on the central idea or topic

    • To get the reader thinking about the topicx