An author’s writing pattern is how they organize the information they are sharing with the reader. There are many different patterns but we will only talk about three today. The writing patterns are list, sequence, and definition.
In the list pattern, the author shares a group of items in a way in which the order does not matter. Some clues that the paragraph is a list pattern includes the following, such as the use of such words and phrases as also, too, another, moreover, besides and the use of such signals as a, b,c …, bullets (•), and asterisks (*). Below is an example paragraph using the list pattern.
There are three things you need to know about dogs
–They are cute
–They are friendly
–They are loyal
These are some of the reasons you should own a dog
Instead of using dashes we could have used bullets or a, b, c, or any other host of ways to indicate a list.
The sequence pattern is the same as the list. The only difference is that the order of items matters. Some of the signal phrases/words are first, second, third…, now, then, next, finally and some other forms include 1, 2, 3, or a, b, c. Below is an example of a paragraph using the sequence pattern.
There are three steps to buying a dog.
–First decide which kind of dog is best for your environment.
–Second, consider how much it will cost to buy the dog.
–Third, find a nearby dealer who can provide the dog.
Here, the order matters in order to buy the dog.
In this pattern, the author describes or explains a term. Common signal phrases.words include is defined as, by this we mean, means or (preceding a synonym), in other words, is, is known as. In the example below, the author attempts to describe dogs by defining their characteristics.
Dogs are one of the many types of pets people can own. They are unique in that they are much friendlier than other types of animals. In addition, they are always loyal and will not often leave a good master. People need to know that dogs make good pets.
Different writing patterns are useful for sharing information in an appropriate way. The examples here provide some idea for determining how an other is trying to share information with a reader. Knowing the pattern can help in seeing the “big picture” of a reading passage. It helps in understanding what the writer is trying to say to his audience. As such, this is a valuable skill to develop.