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Transcript of Informational Writing
Introductions should always have three things:
Informational essays always include:
Now you're an informational writing expert.
What do I write about?
Monday, February 17, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
What is the purpose of informational writing?
to deliver information about
an issue, subject, or idea.
analyze and explain information
to inform the reader.
Examples of informative writing:
articles and reports
your main claim.
important ideas from body paragraphs.
Do not add
any new ideas/details!
Think: reverse hook
-the first sentence(s) of an introduction.
-gets the readers attention
to keep reading.
-gives background information on the topic.
-a few sentences (3-5)
prepares reader for what's coming next...
-the last sentence in an introduction
-tells reader main idea of essay
give order of topics
body paragraph previews
What the heck is an accordion?
An accordion is an instrument that creates sounds when someone
it to be bigger or smaller.
As a writer, you will
your body paragraphs to include more information and explanation of your topic.
An accordion can also describe
of folding something
back and forth
or in and out
As a writer, you will follow a
back and forth pattern
when creating your body paragraphs.
BOOM: Accordion Paragraphs
What does it mean to be courageous?
Three out of every ten people miss out on breakfast each morning.
"'May the odds be ever in your favor!' shouted Effie Trinket" (page 15).
Thesis Statement Examples:
All schools should adopt uniforms for students as a means to promote school pride, to ensure minimal distractions, and most importantly, to ensure student safety.
The most helpful technological device created recently is the iPhone because it keeps people connected, helps us to not get lost, and provides information in an instant.
Reading twenty minutes every night is beneficial for students because it develops the imagination, builds vocabulary, and is necessary in today's society.
Body Paragraph Structure
Write in chunks
CD- concrete detail
quote, paraphrased information
CM- commentary (your explanation, support)
Chunks refer to CDs and CMs
each body paragraph = ONE idea.
ideas listed in thesis statement
TOPIC: the iPhone
Body Paragraph 1: keeping people connected
Body Paragraph: keeps us from getting lost
Body Paragraph: provides instant information
Topic sentences tell the reader what your paragraph is going to be about.
bridge the gap
between ideas. They l
ead the reader
to a new idea and explain connections for the reader.
First ---> Second ---> Third
A good ---> A better ---> A best
To begin ---> Next ---> A final
One example ---> Another example
To begin ---> Finally
Transitions can be words or phrases!
you will be giving the reader more information about your topic by PROVING what you know!
are the "meat" of your writing- sort of like this meat dress, but not nearly as scary.
Your writing should always include:
Want to make sure you have a strong essay?
There are many ways to write a topic sentence, but here are three of the most common...
event/reason which caused you to write
= what you want people to know
Example: Although there are many beautiful places to take a vacation,
the best place to go is the beach.
Try using occasion words like these to get started:
After Before Whenever Although
When While Even if Whether
However Statements involve using a
semicolon to join two complete sentences
. They help to
your topic sentence into two logical parts.
Try using words like this to
As a result Next Instead Consequently
Therefore In fact Likewise Still
Example: Many people have cell phones at school
it is forbidden to use devices during class.
And, But, Or Statements
Conjunctions join together ideas.
And, But, Or Statements use
join two ideas
that otherwise would not be complete sentences.
My mom likes to help others
she volunteers at the hospital each week.
Sometimes called expository writing
The most helpful technological device created recently is the iPhone because
it keeps people connected
helps us to not get lost,
provides information in an instant.
1 CD to 1 CM
1 CD to 2 CM
Double 1:1 Chunk
1 CD to 1 CM, twice
For this essay, we'll be practicing the "double 1:1 chunk"
If it's written in blue, it's notes for you!