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Non-Fiction Texts

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Activity 2


As mentioned above the purpose of any non-fiction text is usually one of the

following: to instruct, to inform, to recount, to explain, to argue or to persuade.

Thinking about these purposes decide which of the non-fiction text types

mentioned above are best suited for the different purposes .

 

  To instruct  To inform  To recount
  1. Reference book
  2. Brochure/Leaflet
1. Reference book
2. Newspaper article
3.Review
4. Autobiography
5.Biography
6.Brochure/Leaflet
7.Report
1. Autobiography
2. Biography
3. Review
  To explain  To argue  To persuade 
  1. Reference book
  2. Brochure/Leaflet
  3. Report
1. Newspaper article
2. Report
3. Review
1. Newspaper article
2. Report
3. Review
4. Brochure/Leaflet

 

In practice, any purpose could be assigned to any text but there are certain

pairings that work the best.

For example reports do not normally instruct people but they can argue, 

persuade, explain and inform.