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Grade 4 - English Language
Types of Essays

An essay is a form of factual writing that is several paragraphs long. There are three basic types of essays:

1. Informational Essay: In this type of essay, your goal is to inform the reader about something new or important.

Examples:
The Bullet Train - The Fastest Train In the World!
The Potawatomi - A Native American Tribe
Comparing X-Box and Playstation Video game Systems

2. Persuasive Essay: In this type of writing, your goal is to convince the reader to agree with your way of thinking.

Examples:
Elect Me As Your Student Government President!
Let Us Help Tsunami Victims

3. Personal Essay: In this type of essay, your goal is to share your personal experiences and feelings about a subject and make your reader think and feel your emotions.

Examples:
I Hate My New Shoes!
My Fun Trip to Orlando, Florida


Directions: Come up with five example topics for each type of essay. From the list, select one topic from each category and write the essays.

As homework, use MyndBook (MyndBook.com/go.php?to=306_1396) to create a note map of your ideas and rewrite your essays.