According to John Bean in Engaging Ideas, the kinds of writing teacher’s should assign in a composition class are: “a mixture of professional and personal writing that can be achieved through three different categories of assignments:”
1. “Non-graded exploratory writing:” journals, freewrites ect.
2. “Thesis-governed academic writing: analyses, arguments, research studies” ect.
3. “Essays written in other styles and forms that stand against conventional academic writing:” autobiographical essays, literacy narratives, personal reflections, dialogues, magazine articles, short stories ect.
Bean, John C. Engaging Ideas. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2001.