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Informational Writing

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You may be asked to write about topics with which you are unfamiliar. That's okay- we research! After researching your topic and collecting information you will share your new ideas.
Introductions should always have three things:
Informational essays always include:
Now you're an informational writing expert.
Congratulations!
What do I write about?
Organization
Introduction Paragraph
Introduction Paragraph
1 paragraph
Body Paragraphs
3 paragraphs
Conclusion Paragraph
1 paragraph
Hook
$1.25
Monday, February 17, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Purpose:
What is the purpose of informational writing?
Conclusion Paragraph
to deliver information about
an issue, subject, or idea.
analyze and explain information
to inform the reader.
Examples of informative writing:


newspapers
magazines
articles and reports
Restate
your main claim.
Summarize
important ideas from body paragraphs.
Do not add
any new ideas/details!
End big!
Think: reverse hook
Informational Writing
Overview
Thesis
-the first sentence(s) of an introduction.
-gets the readers attention
-makes them
want
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
-
three points
give order of topics
body paragraph previews
Body Paragraphs
What the heck is an accordion?
An accordion is an instrument that creates sounds when someone
stretches
it to be bigger or smaller.
As a writer, you will
stretch
your body paragraphs to include more information and explanation of your topic.
An accordion can also describe
pattern
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
Questions
Facts
Quotes
Try using
Question:
What does it mean to be courageous?
Fact:
Three out of every ten people miss out on breakfast each morning.
Quote:
"'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

Topic Sentence
CD #1
CM #1
Concluding Sentence
explain
the most
important ideas
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
Example:
Topic Sentences
The E's
Transitions
Topic sentences tell the reader what your paragraph is going to be about.
Occasion/Position Statements
Transitions
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!
When using
"The E's"
you will be giving the reader more information about your topic by PROVING what you know!
"The E's"
are the "meat" of your writing- sort of like this meat dress, but not nearly as scary.

Your writing should always include:
E
xamples
E
vidence
E
vents
E
xperiences
E
xpert Opinion
E
xplanations
E
ffective Illustrations
Want to make sure you have a strong essay?
Check for
"E"
sentences.
There are many ways to write a topic sentence, but here are three of the most common...
Occasion=
event/reason which caused you to write
Position
= 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
However Statements involve using a
semicolon to join two complete sentences
. They help to
organize
your topic sentence into two logical parts.
Try using words like this to
join
complete sentences:
As a result Next Instead Consequently
Therefore In fact Likewise Still
Example: Many people have cell phones at school
; however,
it is forbidden to use devices during class.
Sentence 1
Sentence 2
And, But, Or Statements
Conjunctions join together ideas.
And, But, Or Statements use
conjunctions
to
join two ideas
that otherwise would not be complete sentences.
Conjunctions are:
F
or
A
nd
N
or
B
ut
O
r
Y
et
S
o
Example:
My mom likes to help others
, so
she volunteers at the hospital each week.
Sometimes called expository writing
biographies/autobiographies
The Hook
The Overview
The Thesis
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.
Examples:

1:1 Chunk
1 CD to 1 CM
Topic Sentence
CD #1
CM #1
CM #2
Concluding Sentence
1:2 Chunk
1 CD to 2 CM
Topic Sentence
CD #1
CM #1
CD #2
CM #2
Concluding Sentence
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!
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