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Grade 4 - English Language
4.18 Types of Essays

An essay is a form of factual writing that is several paragraphs long. There are three basic types of essays:

1. Informational Essay: In this type of essay, your goal is to inform the reader about something new or important.

The Bullet Train - The Fastest Train In the World!
The Potawatomi - A Native American Tribe
Comparing X-Box and Playstation Video game Systems

2. Persuasive Essay: In this type of writing, your goal is to convince the reader to agree with your way of thinking.

Elect Me As Your Student Government President!
Let Us Help Tsunami Victims

3. Personal Essay: In this type of essay, your goal is to share your personal experiences and feelings about a subject and make your reader think and feel your emotions.

I Hate My New Shoes!
My Fun Trip to Orlando, Florida

Directions: Come up with five example topics for each type of essay. From the list, select one topic from each category and write the essays.

As homework, use MyndBook ( to create a note map of your ideas and rewrite your essays.