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Informative vs. Argumentative
Transcript of Informative vs. Argumentative
You will be shown the first few sentences of
an example essay, and you need to decide if it
is an argumentative or an informational essay.
Lake Middle School
We will be comparing two types
As Ricky Ricardo was known for saying,
"Lucy, you have some 'splainin to do."
In informational essays you will be doing
some "'splainin" of your own.
Informational essays are essays where the purpose is to
describe, explain, or define
the author's subject to the reader.
Informational essays use
to explain to the audience a given
Each informational essay will include
It is the job of the author
to explain the thesis to the reader in the body paragraphs.
are different. Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. was one of the best argumentative
speakers of the 20th century. He argued
that all men are created equal and
should be treated equal.
(He gave his opinion)
Argumentative essays are essays in which the author
uses facts to convince
the reader of his/her view regarding an issue.
Argumentative writing sometimes involves convincing the reader to
perform an action
, or it may simply consist of an argument(s)
convincing the reader of the writer’s point of view.
Argumentative essays will use
facts and opinions.
However, this time
they are used to persuade/convince the
reader that the author is right.
Argumentative essays also include a type of thesis.
The difference is that the thesis of a
argument essay is called a
So what is the Difference?
In an informational essay, my job is to explain.
That is it.
In an argumentative essay, if I give my reasons
for believing or doing something, and the
reader does not agree at the end, then I
did not do my job.
In informational essays you are to inform the reader about a particular topic. In this type of essay, you can’t express your own view of the topic.
In argumentative essays you are concerned with explaining what everyone should think/believe/do. You know you are right, you will always will be right, and everyone should agree.
There are many causes of Asthma Attacks.
High School is much better than Middle School because...
Notice how the sentence said "is better". Not "I like HS more
than MS" or "I think HS is better than MS". The author is trying
to argue that he is right, and if you disagree you are wrong.
Notice how this one addresses factual information about the causes of asthma attacks. They are providing information, rather than arguing opinions.
Yellowstone National Park has many beautiful sights to see, places to visit, and animals to seek.
This includes INFORMATION on what to see, do, and lo0k for in Yellowstone National Park. It provides facts.
Giving to charity is a great feeling. If you never give anything away, you will become a selfish person, and no one likes people who are overly selfish. That is why everyone should give money or time to charity every year.
This explains why the author likes to give to charity and it begins to argue why everyone should have to give to charity. This makes it an argumentative essay.