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Writing structures: Writing tasks:

 


One main idea, backed up with details

 

Problem-solution

 

Mystery-solution

 

Compare and contrast

 

Cause and effect

 

Q&A

 

Step by step instructions or descriptions

 

Examples / Episodes (usually in order or sequence)

 

Chronological order (what happened first, next, last)

 

List, in order of use

 

News style: inverted pyramid (from most important facts to least important)

 

From simple to complex

 

Point vs. Counter-Point

Book report

 

Interview with a celebrity

 

Newspaper account of a traffic accident

 

Recipe

 

History of a small town

 

Description of the best car on the market

 

Driving directions to a pizza restaurant

 

Brochure on things to do in Hawaii

 

Description of how to treat a bee sting

 

Account of your first goal in soccer / home run in baseball

 

The advantages and disadvantages of owning a dog

 

Reasons to buy a brand of toothpaste

 

Article on contact lenses vs. eyeglasses


 

By Susan Darst Williams www.AfterSchoolTreats.com Writing 2010

 

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