Text Types

Before we start to write we need to be clear about the purpose of our writing. Writing for a specific purpose has its own particular language and structure or ‘text type'. There are three broad text types:

  • Literary texts
  • Factual texts
  • Persuasive texts

The table below shows examples of the various text types that exist within these categories:

Literary Texts

Description

An imaginative account of the characteristic features of people, places or events.

Recount

A retelling of the events of a story.

Personal Response

Gives a personal opinion on an imaginative text.

Review

An analysis and personal opinion on an imaginative text.

Narrative

A story told through an imaginative sequence of events.

Factual Texts

Description

Describes in factual terms a real place or thing.

Recount

Retells real events accurately.

Information Report

Gives a detailed factual account of something, which has been researched from reliable information resources.

Procedure

A set of instructions about how to do something.

Explanation

Tells how or why something happens.

Persuasive Texts

Exposition

Explains a point of view in an attempt to convince others.

Discussion

Provides arguments and evidence about all sides of an issue in an attempt to arrive at a decision.

 

 

 

 

 

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