Writing Is...

Compiled from the PARCC "Writing Forms for Prose Constructed Response Items," the Writing Curriculum Files of children's author Suzanne Williams, the Northwest Regional Education Laboratory, 
and from teachers in the Revere Public Schools

This is a list-in-progress of what composition is and can be. In their totality, these modes of writing address the Common Core and WIDA standards for literacy in writing while preparing students for success on standardized assessments and for college, career, and civic readiness. Click on active links in the list for examples of activities and assignments to adapt to your classes, or to samples of student work. Click here for a handout of the Writing Is list.

Abstracts

Adventure stories

Advertisements

Analytical papers or   paragraphs

Anecdotes

Annotation

Announcements

Apologies

Applications

Argumentative papers or paragraphs

Artist’s statements

Autobiography

 

Back-stories

Ballads

Bibliographic annotations

Biography

Biographical sketches

Blogs

Blurbs

Board game instructions

Book jackets

Book reviews

Brochures

Bumper stickers

 

Captions

Cartoons

Case studies

Character sketches

Children’s books

Comic strips

Commentary

Commercials

Comparison papers or paragraphs

Computer programs

College applications

Concept Maps

Constitutions

Consumer guides or reports

Contest entries

Contrast papers or paragraphs

Written Conversations

 

Data charts and graphs

DBQs

Debate outlines or notes

Declarations

Dedications

Definitions

Descriptions

Dialogues

Diaries

Dictionary entries

Directions

 

Editorials

E-mail

Emulations

Encyclopedia /Wiki entries

Endings

Environmental impact reports

Epilogues

Epitaphs

Epithets

Essays:

Analytical

Argumentative

Audio

Document based

Personal

Photo

Synthesis

Eulogies

Expense accounts

Explanations / explications 





Fables

Fact sheets

Fairy tales

Fantasy

Fiction

Film reviews

Film scripts

Found poetry

Free-writing   


Graphic organizers

Graphic stories and essays

 

Headlines

Historical accounts

Historical fiction

How-to-do-it articles

Humor

 

Indexes

Inquiry papers

Instructions

Interviews (real/imagined)

Introductions

Itineraries

 

Job specifications

Jokes and riddles

Journal articles

Journal entries

 

Lab reports

Last wills and testaments

Legal briefs

Legends

Legislation

Lesson plans

Letters of:

Advice

Application

Complaint

Condolence

Congratulation

Recommendation

Resignation

Lists (like this!)

Lyrics

 

Magazine articles

Magazine covers

Manifestos

Maps

Math notes / observations

Math problems:

Analysis

Explanations

Justifications

Memos

Menus

Messages to/from the past/future

Mind maps

Minutes of meetings

Monologues

Mottoes

Mysteries

Myths

 

Narrative paragraphs, essays, stories, etc.

News articles

Newscast scripts

Notes

 

Orations


Pamphlets

Paraphrases

Parodies

Personal essays

Pixar storytelling basics




Persuasive paragraphs, essays, letters, etc.

Placards

Plays

Poems

Political cartoons

Possible Sentences

Posters

Power Point Presentations

Prayers

Précis

Predictions

Prequels

Prezi presentations

Prologues

Prophesies

Proposals

Proust Questionnaire

Psychiatrist’s notes

Public notices

Public Service Announcements (PSA)

Public statements


Questions

 

RAFT responses

Reaction papers and paragraphs

Reports

Requests

Research papers and reports

Responses and rebuttals

Resumés

Retellings

Reviews:

Books

Fashion

Movies

Music

TV

Websites

Revisions

 

Satires

Scenes

Screenplays

Science articles

Science fiction

Sentence frames

Sermons

Sequels

Sheet music

Ship’s log

Short stories

Six word stories

Skits

Slogans

Soliloquies

Songs

Soundscapes

Speeches

Spine Poetry

Spoofs

Storyboards

Summaries

Synthesis

 

Tables of Content

Tabloid fiction

Telegrams

Tellingboards

Testimonials

Time capsule lists

Top Ten lists

Translations

Travel brochures

Treaties

Tweets

 

Undercover reports

 

Want ads

Wanted posters

War communiqués

Websites

Word problems

Word puzzles and games

Comments