Common Academic Genres
(Taken from Wardle's article 773-774)

Autobiography

Profile of a person

Argument/position paper

Interview

Travel narrative

Evaluation/review

Observation

Reflection

Rhetorical Analysis

Many argue, including Wardle, that the skills learned in the creation of these sorts of assignments are not "transferable" to the demands of later writing assignments students are to encounter in their majors.

So the question that teachers of FYC have had to face of late is: what good is any of this doing our students?