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Write for College Scope and Sequence

In Teaching the Universe of Discourse, James Moffett advised teachers to progress from personal forms of writing to more reflective and analytical academic forms. Write for College follows this organizational plan, beginning with personal writing, progressing through academic forms, and arriving at research papers. By following this suggested sequence, you help students build their skills and confidence. You can also download a PDF version of this document along with a yearlong timetable.

Overview of the Sequence


Forms in Write for College

Personal Writing


Blog Posts

Learning Logs

Narrative Writing

Personal Narratives

Personal Essays

College-Entrance Essays

Explanatory Writing

Explanatory Essays

Process Essays

Classification Essays

Definition Essays

Cause-Effect Essays

Comparison-Contrast Essays

Problem-Solution Essays

Response to Explanatory Prompts

Argument (Persuasive) Writing


Personal Commentaries

Argument Essays

Position Papers

Response to Argument Prompts

Literary Response Writing

Personal Responses

Book Reviews

Limited Literary Analyses

Extended Literary Analyses

Response to Literature Prompts

Creative Writing



Research Writing

Summaries, Paraphrases, and Abstracts

Summary Reports

Compiled Reports

Interview Reports

Observation Reports

Personal Research Reports

Research Papers (MLA or APA)

Writing Across the Curriculum

Writing in Science

Writing in Social Studies

Writing in Math

Writing in the Workplace

Scope and Sequence

The chart below presents a possible sequence of assignments, progressing from personal to academic and cross-curricular forms.