Thirteen types of student writing have been identified. These types of writing are often referred to as Genres or Genre Families.

The 13 Genre Families are as follows:

In Tasks 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, you can spend more time familiarising yourself with the Genre Families and how they are described.


The purpose of these exercises is to familiarise you with the five Primary Purposes of academic writing and the 13 Genre Families associated with these Primary Purposes. We hope it will help you to select the most appropriate Genre Family for your writing task.

Further sections of this site will help you to write these texts, but the present purpose is simply to familiarise you with these Genre Families.

Task 1

Read these descriptions of Genre Families. Drag the second sentence into the correct box to complete the descriptions.

Exercise

Task 2

Read these descriptions of Genre Families. Drag the second sentence into the correct box to complete the descriptions.

Exercise

Task 3

Read these descriptions of Genre Families. Drag the second sentence into the correct box to complete the descriptions.

Exercise

Task 4

Read these descriptions of Genre Families. Drag the second sentence into the correct box to complete the descriptions.

Exercise

Task 5

Read these descriptions of Genre Families. Drag the second sentence into the correct box to complete the descriptions.

Exercise