Four Types of Writing


The lesson introduces students to the four different types of writing with an overview of each.  Students must understand the difference between each, how each type is used, and be able to identify when to use each type.  There are other lessons focusing on each writing type and may be used in conjunction with this lesson.

Four Types of Writing Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Four Types of Writing
  • Hands-on homework activities practicing Four Types of Writing
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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The lesson introduces students to the four different types of writing with an overview of each. Each type of writing is defined with some examples of when it is used. Examples are provided so students may practice identifying various types of writing. There are other lessons focusing on each writing type which can be used in conjunction with this lesson.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:  

  1. Ask students to name as many different reasons they can for writing. Ask:  What are the different purposes for writing?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Display a list of answers.  Ask students if they could name the 4 types of writing.
  3. Allow for responses. Once the four are identified, using the list ask students which type of writing would be used for the examples.  (Some may be identified as more than one type.)
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Four Types of Writing to the class.
  5. Distribute Four Types of Writing content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Teachers may choose to use current reading content as examples of the different writing types.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Allow students access to the Internet or other sources for the “Type of Writing Search”.  Remind students to include two sentences that clearly match the writing type.
  7. Once completed, student pairs share one or more their samples and will tell why they identified it as chosen type of writing.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.  Students share their original sentences.
  10. In closing, ask students: Which type of writing is your favorite to use and why?

Common Core State Standards:


Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade


Language Arts

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A reluctant writer no more!

My son hated to write and hated having to do assignments that had anything to do with writing until I found this. After the first day he said "that wasn't too bad" and I didn't have to nag him to do the next lesson on it. We took it slow and made it through the whole lesson without the pouting and attitude that he had before. Thank you for bring yet another great product to us.