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Functional Texts

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 :

  1. Announcement
  2. Advertisement
  3. Greeting card
  4. Short message
  5. Notice
  6. Caution
  7. Invitation card
  8. Postcard
  9. Shopping list
  10. Food label
  11. Brochure
  12. Poster

 

 

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