4 Types of Writing


There are four main types of writing: expository, persuasive, narrative, and descriptive.

  • Expository – Writing in which author’s purpose is to inform or explain the subject to the reader.
  • Persuasive – Writing that states the opinion of the writer and attempts to influence the reader.
  • Narrative – Writing in which the author tells a story. The story could be fact or fiction.
  • Descriptive – A type of expository writing that uses the five senses to paint a picture for the reader. This writing incorporates imagery and specific details.

Identify which type of writing is being described.

  1. ______________ A story about the time you got lost at Disneyland
  2. ______________ A web page telling how to create a web page
  3. ______________ The Harry Potter books
  4. ______________ A letter to the governor explaining why the tax increase is a bad idea
  5. ______________ Writing in which you record details of a trip taken
  6. ______________ An essay discussing a theme from Romeo and Juliet
  7. ______________ An article attempting to convince readers to boycott a store chain
  8. ______________ A poem about the sights and sounds of rainfall
  9. ______________ A paper about the horrible treatment of the people in Darfur
  10. ______________ The cover story in the morning newspaper
  11. ______________ A brochure advertising a luxury hotel and resort
  12. ______________ A paper discussing the after effects of a war

3 Responses

  1. Ioane Toauru says:

    i need more explaining of the types writing but how can use in the sentence

  2. Christina says:

    This helped a lot with my homework! Thanks for making this because without it I would be failing my class and I would be stupid! SO THANKS!!!

  3. Christina says:

    Lol Just Kidding! I’m not stupid or failing but still it helped a lot so THANKIES!!!

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