6th Grade - Forms Of Writing - Personal Letters, Reviews, Poems And Reports

 
     
 
     
 
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6th
Writing
Forms of writing - personal letters, reviews, poems and reports
Choose the form of writing (e.g., personal letter, letter to the editor, review, poem, report, narrative) that best suits the intended purpose.
Produce or create writing to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

Why is it important to be aware of the intended audience/reader of your writing? (Writing form varies according to writer’s purpose)

(2)

What is expository writing? (Book reviews, reports, instruction, how-to explanations, speeches, letters to the editor)

(3)

What is narrative writing? (Biographies, autobiographies, plays, stories based on personal experience, personal letters, card, poems)


(4)

What is the difference between a letter to the editor and a personal letter to a friend or family member? (Letter to the editor is expository writing; letter to a friend or family member is a personal communication)

(5)

How is written communication different from verbal communication? (When we communicate verbally, we can use non-verbal cues and observe the other person’s reaction; when we write we depend on the words themselves to communicate.)

Learning Tips

(1)

Essays, reports, biographies, newspaper accounts are examples of _____(Expository Writing)

(2)

An instruction manual (how-to) is an example of (Expository Writing)___________

(3)

Define “intended audience” in relation to the writing process (The person or persons for whom you are writing).

(4)

Writing an account of an exciting trip is an example of _________ (Personal Narrative)

(5)

Writing a book report is an example of _________(Expository Writing)

Extra Help Problems

(1)

Select a favorite fictional story or movie, and then create a one-page newspaper depicting the facts of the fictional story as real-life events.

(2)

On the Internet go to http://www.thewritesource.com/studentmodels/ws2k-summer.htm and read: “Summer: 15 Days or 2 1/2 Months?” Then write a persuasive essay on a topic that is important to you.

(3)

Choose a position on the following issue: Children should be allowed to vote in national elections. Write a (pretend) letter to the editor of your local newspaper stating your opinion in the first paragraph, supporting your idea with ideas and providing details, and concluding by restating your opinion. (See Online Resource #2 (http://www.readwritethink.org/lesson_images/lesson249/format.pdf)


(4)

Write a short speech for your best friend to present telling classmates why they should vote for him/her for class president; write a short speech for your principal to present to the superintendent in which she/he asks for more funding for your school library.

(5)

Keep a diary for a week or more.

(6)

Choose a pen pal in another country and start writing letters or e-mails.

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