We have been talking about and comparing text types. All texts are different and an author will choose different types depending on the purpose of their writing.
Some texts are persuasive. The author of the text would like to influence your thinking. Some examples of persuasive texts are expositions, letters to the editor, advertisements, reviews and online forum discussions.
Some texts are informative. The author of the text would like to teach or explain to their reader. Informative texts do not try to influence the reader but just provide information. We use the word non-fiction to help describe these text types. Some examples of informative texts are recounts, newspaper articles, reports, encyclopaedia entries, instruction manuals and descriptions.
Some texts are imaginative. The author of the text would like to entertain their reader. Another word we use to describe imaginative texts is fiction. These texts use made-up characters and events and can also involve magical ideas such as talking animals. They can be based on real life events and people.
Sometimes an author might use the style of an informative text with a topic that is not real. Our class are working on informative texts but we are using an imaginary creature as the topic for our report.