Text (Identifying Different Types) 01
"I wandered lonely as a cloud /That floats on high o'er vale and hills/ When all at once I saw a crowd/ A host of golden daffodils." This is a famous example of poetry by William Wordsworth.

Text (Identifying Different Types) 01

As an English student, you will read and write many types of texts such as poetry, prose, biography, autobiography, letters and plays. Each type has a certain look or feel about them that you should be able to distinguish.

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  1. Where might you read the following excerpt?
    I always wanted to become a doctor.
    'I' narrates = autobiography
  2. Where might you read the following excerpt?
    Dear Editor .......
  3. Where might you read the following excerpt?
    Oliver: 'Can I have some more?' Teacher: 'More? No!'
    Playscripts: character name precedes the speech
  4. Where might you read the following excerpt?
    She began her teaching career in a small school in .......
    Third person narrator; this is biographical writing
  5. Where might you read the following excerpt?
    Join us later / alligator / take a while / crocodile.
    Rhyme is very obvious here
  6. Where might you read the following excerpt?
    ....... so readers take action now! Yours, Disgruntled of Mull.
    This is the ending of a letter
  7. Where might you read the following excerpt?
    Waiter: 'Can I help you sir?' Man 1: 'I'm just looking .......'
    A playscript sets out the characters and speeches
  8. Where might you read the following excerpt?
    My father ran a carpentry business, my mother .......
    Autobiography uses first person narrator: 'I was .......'
  9. Where might you read the following excerpt?
    Mr. Walter Smith was born in 1901, the eldest son of .......
    Biography uses the third person, e.g. 'he lived in .......'
  10. Where might you read the following excerpt?
    Mr. Wright / saw a light / in the middle of the night.
    Rhyme is not evident in all poems

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