The Five Modes of Writing
This unit has been used in the 11th grade as a last minute refresher exercise to both remind and enable students to complete the State Writing assessment when it included these five modes of writing. Although, the writing assessment in our state is now given in the 10th grade and the focus has changed somewhat, this unit still has many benefits. It creates an intense grading load for the teacher who could probably only do this for two classes for a week, [I returned the papers the next day] but it can be a positive experience for students and teachers. My classes always enjoyed it and I enjoyed it for the energy being generated.
One each day of the five writing styles [modes]: narration, persuasion, description, exposition, imaginative. [The prompts are designed to cause the students to write in the assigned mode. Then during the assessment test, when a student asked what a specific mode was, such as description, I could respond with 'do you remember our 'holiday paper?,' etc.]
A. Narration with a hope-
B. Persuasion for a profit-
C. Explanation as an excuse or as congratulations.
D. Description with a 'vibe.' *Use visualization.
E. Imagination with the 'clutch in.'
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