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Modes of Writing

A Presentation on the different Types of Writing, created for metacognitive unit on writing, its component parts, processes and assessment
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David Musgrove

on 10 March 2011

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The Modes of Writing Expository Writing Expository writing is writing that is designed to convey information or explain what is difficult to understand. Examples include research papers, reports newspaper articles and books on a specific subject. Narrative Writing Narrative Writing tells a personal or fictional experience or tells a story based on a real or imagined event. Examples include memoirs, personal narratives, and journals. Expository writing is fact based and does not include personal opinions Narratives have an arc, with a beginning, complication, climax, and eventual resolution Persuasive Persuasive writing attempts to convince the reader to accept a particular point of view or to take a specific action. Persuasive writing contains facts, language, and information designed to emphasize your argument Examples of persuasive writing include speeches, pro/con arguments, and opinion articles Descriptive Good descriptive writing creates a full mental picture for the reader. Descriptive writing should appeal to all five senses: taste, touch, sight, hearing, and smell. PART 1: Go through the following definitions and examples of the modes (or types) of writing Part 2: Identify the Types of Writing below and explain how you know what kind of writing it is On the third finger of my left hand is the pre-engagement ring given to me last year by my sister Doris. The 14-carat gold band, a bit tarnished by time and neglect, circles my finger and twists together at the top to encase a small white diamond. The four prongs that anchor the diamond are separated by pockets of dust. The diamond itself is tiny and dull, like a sliver of glass found on the kitchen floor after a dishwashing accident. Just below the diamond are small air holes, intended to let the diamond breathe, but now clogged with grime. The ring is neither very attractive nor valuable, but I treasure it as a gift from my older sister, a gift that I will pass along to my younger sister when I receive my own engagement ring this Christmas. The Statue of Liberty is a huge monument. It is located on Liberty Island, New York. It is built of copper, and extends hundreds of feet in to the air. The Statue of Liberty was given to the U.S. by France in 1884. It is a symbol of friendship. Over 2 million people per year come to see the Statue of Liberty. This large monument to freedom is world famous. #2 #1 #3 McDonalds is the best fast food restaurant ever! Not only do they have the best prices but your food is ready in record time! 4 out of 5 people prefer McDonalds to any other restaurant! It was a cold winter day when I realized we'd have to say goodbye to my dog forever. She was 13 years old and had been sick for a long time. I didn't know how to say goodbye; so, when we loaded her into the car to take her to the vet, I just hugged her and said, "I love you." #4 Part 3: With your group, create a neat and clearly written anchor chart with defintions and examples. Everyone in your group do an equal share of the work. How to write a Narrative:
Start with an exciting first sentence.
Include lots of details that build to the most exciting part.
Make sure the problem resolves in some way. How to Write an Expository paragraph:
Start with an opener that announces your topic (ex: Skateboarding is a fun sport enjoyed by people all over the world)
Have at least 3 supporting details.
Wrap it up with a concluding sentence that is on topic but not repetitive. (Ex: People of all ages enjoy watching and participating in skateboarding) How to write an descriptive paragraph:
Clearly picture the image you wish to describe and note details that are important.
Determine which sensory details are important for the reader to create a mental picture of the image.
Avoid making clichéd descriptions or comparisons.
Include all important details. How to write a persuasive paragraph:
Use an opening sentence that grabs the reader's attention, (Ex: Eating Quaker Oats could save your life.)
Include any important facts, statistics, or formulas that prove your point
Use words that appeal to emotions How to Write a Compare and Contrast Paragraph:
-Begin by stating whether you are going to show how similar 2 things are or how different
-Include at least 2-3 similarities or differences
-Conclude with a sentence that reminds readers of the topic
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