Types of Writing Assignments

The following is a list of writing assignments that might develop from research. The topics range through various discourse aims including the expressive, the exploratory, the informative, the scientific, the literary, and the persuasive

  •   Expressive
    • Mission statements and vision statements
    • Proposals
    • Constitutions
    • Legislative bills
  • Exploratory
    • Definitions
    • Diagnoses
    • White papers
    • Marketing analyses
    • Opinion surveys
    • Feasibility studies
    • Annotated bibliographies
    • "Literature" reviews (as opposed to literary)
    • Problem solutions
  • Informative
    • News articles
    • Magazine feature articles
    • Reports
    • Encyclopedia articles
  • Scientific
    • Formal arguments from principle, e.g., applying or implementing a theory
    • Arguments generalizing from particulars, e.g., testing a hypothesis
  • Literary
    • Historical fiction
    • Ballads
    • Plays, TV, or film scripts on course related issues
  • Persuasive
    • Advertising campaigns
    • Political speeches
    • Editiorials
    • Social, political, or artistic criticism

Adapted from: Kinneavy, J. L. (1971). A theory of discourse: The aims of discourse. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.