Forms of writing

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We have selected these online resources to support you when you are teaching different styles of writing including narrative, expository, persuasive, recounts, descriptive and letter writing. SCIS 1532743

Good Letter Writing

Essential steps and tips on how to write a letter. Templates for formal, personal and cover letters along with letter writing examples.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Kids Konnect

Narrative, expository and persuasive writing explained with guidelines and examples.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use search terms such as writing, poetry forms or creative writing.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Pete's Power Point Station

PowerPoint explanation, techniques, examples and exercises on different styles of writing that include expository, persuasive, descriptive and narrative writing that teachers and children can use.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Read Write Think

Planning sheets for genre writing.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Recount on Slideshare

PowerPoint presentation with elementary guidelines on how to write a recount.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Time for Kids

Times for Kids homework helper A+ Papers provides interactive activities to guide children through various writing styles. Styles range from book reports and personal narratives to literary and persuasive essays. The homework helper also provides clear and easy to follow writing tips.

Suggested levels: primary, intermediate

Write a winning research report

A beginning to end plan on how to write a research report. Content includes how to set out a plan of action, what proportion of your time to devote to each stage, and then more detailed advice from writing an outline, to revising and polishing the final report.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Dingo: the dog who conquered a continent, by Jackie French, 2012 (junior fiction)
Robert the rat, by Norman Bilbrough, 2011 (junior fiction)
The day the crayons quit, by Drew Daywalt, 2013 (picture book)


What’s your writing style? Narrative, expository and persuasive.(4.05min)