Types of Writing

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Types of Writing

CBSE incorporates various in their curriculum for holistic development of writing skills in the students. It not only comes in handy to strengthen their written and spoken communication skills but it is an essential skill that will stay with them not only in their academic days but also throughout their career trajectory. This blog collates all the writing skills prescribed by CBSE with their formats. Let us take a look at the different types of writing! 

Types of Writing

While there are multiple types of writing, there are some of the most common type of writing that are used in multiple aspects of life. Let’s check them out:

  • Article
  • Summary
  • Report
  • Notice
  • Speech


Article writing is a type of writing that is written with the purpose of reaching a mass audience. It is usually published in newspapers, magazines,etc to propagate information about a current issue or any other topic of interest that might appeal to a large number of people.

  • Format
  1. Heading / Title- It should be catchy and relevant to the theme of the article.
  2. The writer’s name- The name given in the question must be used, otherwise you can use letters like XYZ.
  3. Body- This is the main aspect of the article. It should involve the key ideas, backed up by supporting and compelling arguments. (2-3 paragraphs)
  4. Conclusion- Conclude the article with an opinion or an appeal for action.
  • Essentials of a Good Article
  1. Always use good vocabulary and keep a check on grammar and punctuations.
  2. Title of the article is very important. It should be catchy and interesting, reflecting the main topic of the article.
  3. The style of writing should be clear and informative. Avoid using difficult words and lengthy sentences. 
  4. Word limit: 120-150 words (as per CBSE guidelines)


Summary writing is a type of writing for the brief description of a written material that highlights its main ideas. A well-written summary provides the key points to the reader in a condensed form that gives them a quick glance at what the passage intends to convey. 

  • Steps to compose a summary
  1. Read the text at least twice to ensure that you do not miss any essential points.
  2. Take down notes of the most important points that highlight the main idea of the author.
  3. Write your summary in an objective way. Use your own words and avoid giving your own opinion.
  4. Compare your summary with the original text to ensure that you haven’t copied anything from the original or you’ve missed any important point.
  5. Review your summary once to check for any grammatical or spelling mistakes.
  • Essentials of a Good Summary
  1. It should be concise and sharp so that the readers can get a clear picture and understand the material accurately.
  2. It should be a brief and condensed version of the original
  3. It should be written objectively and in your own words. Avoid adding your own personal opinion
  4. Word Limit- 80-100 words

Types of Writing: Report 

Report Writing is a type of writing with a detailed account of a topic or a situation. It is a structured account of something that analyses and elaborates the facts and events that have already taken place. Reports are in the school curriculum to test and develop your research and analysing skills that will also come in handy in your professional career.

  • Format
  1. Eye-catching Title/Heading
  2. Byline- This includes the name of the reporte
  3. Location, Date and time
  4. Introduction- One tip to write an effective report is to follow the rule of 4W and 1H of the topic, i.e. what, when, where, who, why & how
  5. Body of Content- Explain the events in more detail providing all the facts, ideas, purpose,etc
  6. Conclusion
  • Essentials of a Good Report
  1. Don’t forget to mention location, date, time and other factual information
  2. You must mention the name of the reporter in the byline
  3. Provide a catchy title/heading, relevant to the topic
  4. Write in the past tense
  5. Write a descriptive report and always write in the past tense
  6. Word limit- 100-150 words


Notice is one of the formal and factual types of writing that is used to inform people about something that is taking place. They are concise and brief in nature, written sharp and to the point, avoiding any irrelevant details. They are displayed in a place where every concerned person can have the access to read it.

  • Format
  1. Name of the issuing agency (school, etc)
  2. Date of issue of the Notice
  3. Title/Subject of the Notice (what?)
  4. Body of the Notice (when and where?)
  5. Authorized signatory: Name and signature (contact details)
  • Essentials of a Good Notice
  1. Don’t forget to write the word ‘NOTICE’ below the name of the issuing agency
  2. Always make a box around the Notice
  3. Keep the language formal and brief
  4. Adhere to the word limit of 50 words

Types of Writing: Speech

Speech is a form of writing that is used to convey a message to the audience through your words. It is a formal address delivered to an audience. A well written speech will hold the power to engage the audience and persuade them to comply with your views. 

  • Format

1. Heading- The speech should have a creative and eye-catchy title
2. Opening line- This includes greetings and introduction, and the topic
3. Body of the Speech
4. Conclusion

  • Essentials of a Good Speech
  1. Avoid using complex words and try to use language and vocabulary that is easy to understand
  2. The speech should be divided into paragraphs. It can be an introduction, body (2-3 paragraphs) and conclusion
  3. Don’t muddle up all the points. Try to write in a proper sequence. Make notes of the main ideas that you plan to incorporate into your speech
  4.  Make sure to review your speech to check for grammatical errors and spellings. They carry marks
  5. It is advised to underline the main points with a pencil, to highlight their importance

This was all about the types of writing prescribed by CBSE. We hope you liked this blog & don’t forget that regular practice will help you strengthen your writing skills and give you the required confidence. For the latest updates around study blogs, you can follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and also subscribe to our newsletter. Leverage Edu wishes you all the best for all your future endeavours.

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