The Expository Essay
An expository essay is written to 'expose' a topic. This particular genre of writing tends to explain, illustrate, clarify, or explicate something in a way that it becomes clear for readers. Therefore, it could be an investigation, evaluation, or even argumentation about an idea for clarification.
The Descriptive Essay
A descriptive essay causes the writer to use all their five senses and the most descriptive words they can employ to allow the reader to experience the topic of their composition.
The How To or Process Essay
A process essay can easily be described as a set of instructions written in in a descriptive form. It is an explanation of how to do something in sequential or step-by-step order. Transitions become very important in this type of writing. Key transitions used will be: first, second, third, next, and last.
The Comparison Essay
A Comparison essay utilizes a literary strategy where a writer compares and/or contrasts two people, places, things, or ideas to explore ideas critically. Writers will often use figurative language to express these ideas in non-literal ways which can become confusing for non English users.
The Cause & Effect Essay
An essay that explores the reason things occur is a cause and effect essay. This type of explanatory essay delves into the specifics behind the why when the resultant reaction is due to a specific causation.
The Problem & Solution Essay
A problem & solution essay investigates the nuances of an existing problem. It can present a particular solution or or present the positive and negative consequences of multiple potential solutions with the anticipated outcomes. It would depend upon the purpose for this essay how it would be implemented.
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The Persuasive Essay
The persuasive essay is designed to convince or persuade a reader to take a stand or agree along with the writer on a particular issue. Whether the author is for or against the topic, the purpose of this type of writing is to convince the reader to agree with the writer's position on the topic.
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Narratives are a retelling of events for readers or listeners to experience in a logical order. The 'story' can be told from the point of view of the author/narrator who is experienceing the events in the story. This is called first person point of view. If the story teller or narrator is just observing the events or telling the story from the outside, this point of view is called third person.or another character is a report of related events presented to listene
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