FUNCTIONAL TEXT is writing meant to help the reader accomplish an everyday task. Examples of functional text might include a recipe for cooking; directions to a location; a memo notifying of a change in a company’s address, or a store’s opening time; a schedule of event times and locations during a seminar; a directory of addresses, phone numbers or e-mail addresses; directions on a test; a menu from a restaurant; a pamphlet notifying the public of a grand opening, store closing, or a foreclosure; or a how-to manual just to name a few.
Functional text is used for everyday information. It is called functional because it helps you function in your day-to-day life. For example, if I wanted to make chocolate chip cookies, I would read a recipe. If I wanted to know my friend’s phone number, I would look in a phone book. If my English teacher gave a test, I would need to read the directions.
Some examples of functional texts are :
- Greeting card
- Short message
- Invitation card
- Shopping list
- Food label