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Essay Basics: Types of Essay - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
When you are asked to write an essay, you might be asked to write a specific type of essay. Essays may be narratives, descriptive, informative or persuasive. In this chapter, you'll learn about each of these types of essays. As you'll discover, each type of essay has its own distinctive characteristics. You'll usually have to approach each type in a specific way. These lessons will help you learn exactly what to do, regardless of which type of essay you are asked to write. You'll be prepared to write a comprehensive, well-structured and logical essay that approaches the subject in the appropriate way. Essays may ask that you tell a story, describe something, inform your readers or persuade readers to believe a certain way on a subject. The essays you'll learn about in this chapter are:
- Narrative essays
- Descriptive essays
- Informative essays
- Persuasive essays
|Narrative Essays||Discover how this type of essay asks you to speak for yourself, using your own opinions, ideas and experiences to tell a story.|
|Descriptive Essays||Explore this type of essay that allows you to tell about something in a manner that fully explains it to the reader through the use of the five senses and emotion.|
|Informative Essays||Examine how you can inform your readers through this type of essay.|
|Persuasive Essays||Learn about using facts to educate readers about a position on a subject and persuade them to believe in a certain way about that subject.|
1. Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics
Essays come in many forms. In this lesson, you'll learn all about a narrative essay, from its basic definition to the key characteristics that make for an engaging and effective essay.
2. Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics
A descriptive essay allows you to paint a picture for your reader in words. Watch this video to learn more about the techniques and elements that can help you fill the picture with lots of great details.
3. Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure
There are many ways to inform your reader on a topic, from comparing and contrasting to providing a simple definition. Watch this lesson to learn about informative essays and how they educate readers through different formats.
4. Components of Writing a Persuasive Essay
In this lesson, we will define persuasive writing, look at the different goals of a persuasive essay, and then discuss how to plan and develop a persuasive topic.
5. Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics
A good evaluative essay helps a writer present an opinion using criteria and evidence. Learn all about the evaluative essay and its components in this lesson.
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- The Writing Process: Writing & Structuring an Essay
- The Writing Process: Revision & Improving Your Essay
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