Types of Writing on the CSEC English A Exam Paper



There are four major types of writing. These are:

  1. Expository Writing
  2. Narrative Writing
  3. Descriptive Writing
  4. Persuasive Writing

These are listed above in no particular order. These four major types of writing are covered on the CSEC English A examination papers.



Expository: The word expository contains the word expose, so  expository writing is the type of writing that  exposes, or sets forth, facts and provides information to the reader. It is probably the most common writing genre you will come across throughout your day. In an expository piece, a topic will be introduced and presented in a logical order without reference to the author’s personal opinions.

Narration: Narration tells either a story or a part of a story and describes what happens in a series of events. Narrations commonly follow chronological order; however, they may start in the middle of a sequence and use flashbacks to take the story back to an earlier time. Narration uses time markers like then, later, or after that. Your main idea and the narrative must be closely related, and the narrative should fully develop the main idea.

Description: A description creates a picture of a person, place, thing, or sensation by appealing to one or more of the senses—sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. As with all modes, the description should suit the purpose and audience of the paper.

Persuasive/Argumentative: The aim of persuasive or argumentative writing is to influence/convince the reader to assume the author’s point of view.

Argumentative essays depend on giving reasons instead of quarreling over opinions. Positions must be supported, not just asserted. Even though positions on a controversial issue cannot be proven right or wrong, arguments can convince others to accept or reject a particular position.


Come back tomorrow, we will dive into Expository Writing….

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