These sites are about persuasive, narrative, and expository writing and why authors write. Includes examples of how to write in these different styles and a graphic organizer to help students arrange their thoughts. Read author biographies about their writing and where they get inspiration from. Includes links to writing resources on text structures and personal narrative writing.
Writing at CSU: Purpose
Read the different reasons why we write in the section called "Types of Purpose." Strategies for meeting the reasons are given in "Purposes and Strategies."
Scholastic: Evaluate Author's Purpose
Although this checklist was designed for a specific story, it can be used by students to determine the purpose of a book or story.
Persuasive Writing Graphic Organizer
This sheet can be printed for students to plan and organize their persuasive writing.
ThinkQuest: Forms of Writing
This sites provides explanations and examples of different types of writing. Includes persuasive, fantasy, newspaper headlines, reports, and more.
This author explains his love for storytelling.
BrainPOP: Types of Writing
Tim and Moby explain the different reasons why we write. There is an online quiz also. NOTE: Site available by subscription only.
FactMonster: Writing Skills
Students can practice their writing skills with the "Five Basic Steps for Writing Your Essay." NOTE: The site includes ads.
ABC's of the Writing Process
Learn about "Prewriting," "Writing," "Revising," "Editing," and "Publishing" NOTE: The site includes ads. NOTE: The site has a link to a guestbook.
eThemes Resource: Writing: Text Structures
These sites explain the different types of text structures that are used in expository writing. The text structures include chronological sequence, comparison/contrast, description, problem/solution, and cause and effect. Read examples of the different types, learn about the common cue words, and download graphic organizers. Includes many teaching tips for improving reading comprehension.
eThemes Resource: Writing: Personal Narrative Writing
These sites have tips and examples for writing strong leads for paragraphs and structuring personal narrative writing. Students can learn how to capture and hold their readers' attention. There are classroom activities, online quizzes and exercises, and ideas to help writers develop their skills.