Informational texts such as science briefs and

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entertainment. Informational texts, such as science briefs and history books, are increasingly receiving emphasis in public school curricula as part of the Common Core State Standards. As a result, many parents have challenged the idea that literary texts are of less pedagogical value than informational ones. Writing is done for a number of different purposes and for different audiences. These different forms of writing are often known as text types at school. Factual texts inform, instruct or persuade by giving facts and information. Literary texts entertain or elicit an emotional response by using language to create mental images. Students are often asked to present an assignment or project which may be one of these text types. Below are lists of different text types, purposes and features that are included in the English K-6 syllabus. This list may provide hints to help with your child’s written task. Always refer to the actual task requirements sent home with your child and remember the type of text used by a writer should suit the purpose and the audience. Factual texts Factual text Purpose Features Examples type factual describes a begins with an introductory statement landscape description place or thing systematically describes different aspects of descriptions using facts the subject may end with a concluding statement factual retells events begins with an background information who, historical recount which have when, where report already describes the series of events in time order happened in may end with a personal comment time order information classifi es, begins with a general classification or definition facts about report describes and lists a sequence of related information about whales gives factual the topic
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information ends with a concluding comment about people, animals, things or phenomena procedure gives begins with a statement of goal (could be recipes instructions the title) instructions on how to lists materials needed in order of use make or do gives a series of steps (instructions) in order manual something each instruction begins with a verb in the present tense for non-commercial educational purposes only. Permission must be received from the department for all other uses.
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Factual texts (continued) Factual text Purpose Features Examples type procedural tells how begins with a statement of what was made documentaries recount something or done retelling was made or tells what was made in order a science done in time written in the past tense experiment and order and with its results accuracy explanation explains starts by naming the topic the life cycle of how or why describes items related to the topic in their right a butterfly something order how gears work happens explains how the items relate to each other and labelled to the topic may end with a concluding statement diagrams may include visual images, eg flowcharts and flowcharts diagrams, which support what is written in words written in the present tense
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Persuasive texts: factual text types that give a point of view. They are used to influence or
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