Four Kinds of Writing

In this unit, we will focus on Persuasive Writing. It is helpful to know, however, the other main genres and what each type of writing does.

Expository Writing explains an opinion, process, or idea. The reader should get the impression that the writer is an expert and is able to teach them something new.

Narrative Writing tells a story. The narrative can be ficiton such as novels and short stories or nonfiction like autobiographies and diaries. Imaginative Writing is a subgenre of Narrative.

Descriptive Writing uses the five senses to create a picture in the readers mind about an object, person, or event.

Persuasive Writing tries to convince the reader that a particular idea has merit. It uses facts to back up the opinion of the author.