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Elements of Writing

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Kellyn Sirach

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Transcript of Elements of Writing

Purpose
As discussed last week, there are
THREE
primary purposes of writing:
To entertain
To inform
To persuade
When considering purpose...
Do you want to make your readers laugh, cry, or teach them a lesson?
Structure
How will your writing be organized?
Content
Content = what you are writing about

Elements of Writing
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Then you are writing to
ENTERTAIN
Do you want to provide your readers with new and interesting information?
Then you are writing to
INFORM
Do you want to attempt to get your readers to believe something in which you are passionate about?
Then you are writing to
PERSUADE
If you are writing about Orca whales, then your content will include research about Orca whales.
If you are writing a story about when you learned to ride a bike, you will include a
beginning, middle
, and
end
including details about YOUR experience learning to ride a bike.
If you are writing to persuade someone to become a vegetarian, it is obvious that you will include POSITIVE information about the benefits of eating vegetables.
Exemplification
Process
Cause/Effect
Comparison or Contrast
Definition
Division-Classification
Description
Narration
Argument/Persuasive
Please refer to your Langan text Part 2: Paragraph Development pg 167
ALL NARRATIVE WRITING MUST HAVE:

Beginning
Middle
End
Narrative writing = Writing that tells a story
Audience
Who
will be reading your writing?
Are you writing for a group of middle school students?

Are you writing for an employer?

Are you writing for a group of Orca whale experts?

Are you writing for Ms. Sirach who likes a lot of description and detail? (*hint hint*)
Your audience should drive your writing. If you are writing for a group of children, you will not use higher vocabulary words. If you are writing for a group of experts, you can use higher vocabulary words.
Tone
The attitude that you, as the writer, have toward the topic in which you are writing about.
You can have negative feelings about the topics in which you are writing about. You must capture the feelings using descriptive words.
You can have positive feelings about the topics in which you are writing about. You must capture the feelings using descriptive words.
Examples of Tone
Father: “We are going on a vacation.”
Son: “That’s great!!!”
The tone of the son's response is very cheerful.
Father: "We can't go on vacation this summer."
Son: "Oh great. That's what I expected."
The tone of the son's response is very sarcastic.
"Can someone tell me what the heck is going on here?!"
The tone is very aggressive.
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