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Resource The 6 Real-World Writing Purposes, Explained
The 6 Real-World Writing Purposes, Explained
  • Created By Alec Patton
  • Description:
    This is a one-page explanation of Kelly Gallagher's six "real-world writing purposes". I use these as a tool for helping students decide what to write about, and to understand the structures and conventions of different types of writing.

    Note on format: I do all my work in Google Docs, and when I convert docs to Microsoft Word, the formatting gets weird. For this reason, I’ve included both the word doc and a link to the original Google Doc.
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  • Purpose:
    I use these six writing purposes as a tool for helping students decide what to write about, and to understand the structures and conventions of different types of writing.

    This sheet is useful for helping students (and teachers) to understand the basic contours of these categories, but students need to engage with real-world examples of the writing purposes before they really understand them.
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  • Targets: Teacher
  • Standards:
  • CCSS.LA.11-12.W.TTP
    11th Grade, 12th Grade



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