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Interactive Rubric for Written Communication: 1.5. Genre

This guide will help you understand common conventions of academic writing and the application of marking rubrics



Definition (formal)

Genre refers to the set of writing conventions (i.e., rules and expectations) that defines a way of writing to a particular audience for a specific purpose in a given context. The genre of a piece of writing is implicit in the choice of structure and style.

Definition (informal)

Genre: What type of writing is it?


For example, the genre of the Persuasive Essay Example is an essay. Therefore, it uses different conventions than would be used to write a short story or personal reflection.

Resources (textbook)

Refer to the textbook pages and sections to improve your knowledge and understanding of the criterion.

Resources (web)

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