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Chapter 2. The Write Way > Four Play - Pg. 18

The Write Way 50 4 18 Word Watch The four types of writing-- exposition, narration, argumentation, and description--are often called the four modes of discourse. The answer is 4. That's all! They are exposition, narration, argumentation, and description. Let's look at them now. Writing That Explains: Exposition Exposition is writing that explains. The word exposition comes from the Latin word exponere, which means "to place out." When you write exposition, you try to place out or set forth specific information. Write Angles You can remember that exposition is writing that explains by using this memory trick: Expo-sition equals ex- plain. Both words starts with the same three letters, "exp." Exposition shows and tells by giving information about a specific topic. The topic can be anything: computers and the Internet, medicine, economics, social studies, history, math, science, or music. Different examples of expository writing that you may already be composing include: · "How to" essays, such as recipes and other instructions · · · · · · · · · Business letters Personal letters News stories Press releases Reports Scientific reports Term papers Textbooks Wills