What Are the 5 Types of Writing?

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As your child develops their writing skills, they will start experimenting with different types of writing. In general, there are five types of writing that your child will need to learn throughout their education. These include narrative, analytical, expository, persuasive, and argumentative writing. Learn more about each type below:

Narrative Writing

Most works of fiction use narrative writing. This type of writing involves the creation of a story surrounding a main character (or multiple main characters), a setting, and a general theme. Writers will use either first person (using I, me) or third person (using she, he, them).

Analytical Writing

Analytical writing is most often used by high schoolers and college students who identify and analyze a particular argument, theme, character, or statement. Students may use analytical writing in research papers or when dissecting a text. They will develop a main thesis, and then prove with evidence why that thesis is true.

Expository Writing

Expository writing is mostly seen in news or magazine articles where writers describe a particular idea or experience. When first learning expository writing, students may be assigned a particular subject and then asked to explain that subject in their writing.

Persuasive Writing

When you want to explain the merits of an idea and convert people to your side, you use persuasive writing. Persuasive writing is a form of nonfiction writing where writers come up with their own ideas and use emotion and facts to persuade their readers.

Argumentative Writing

The final type of writing is very similar to persuasive writing. However, there is a major difference. Where persuasive writing can use emotional appeals, argumentative is solely based on logic. It will use studies, statistics, and quotes, and it is written primarily in the third person.

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