This table breaks down four basic types of essays: argument, evaluation, explanation, and problem/solution. The keywords are words you can look for to unlock what direction your teacher wants you to go. And the action column let’s you know what the goal of your essay should be.
It is important for students to know that there is more than one type of essay. In High School, College, and University you may be asked to write a specific type of essay for your writing assignment project and it is good to understand the different qualities of the different types of essays so that you know what you will be graded on. Below we have included a guide of the four types of essays that students are typically asked to write.
The Four Types of Essays - Nova Scotia Department of Education
The first half of the book works on preparatory skills such as those mentioned above, plus tone of voice, audience, word choice, use of quotations, and sentence structures. The second half shifts into actual essay writing, tackling four types of essays: argumentative, comparison and contrast, personal, and mock. For the mock essay, students either imitate an established writer’s style or pretend to be someone else and create a style reflecting that personality. Each type is thoroughly developed, including a full-length sample essay of each.