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Informational Writing. What is it?. Definition:. Nonfiction text (real, not just “realistic”) Used to inform or explain something to the reading audience Many different types…. Examples of informational texts:.

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Definition
Definition:

  • Nonfiction text (real, not just “realistic”)

  • Used to inform or explain something to the reading audience

  • Many different types…


Examples of informational texts
Examples of informational texts:

  • Newspapers - a daily or weekly publication on folded sheets; contains news and articles and advertisements


Examples of informational texts1
Examples of informational texts:

  • Biographies – accounts of the series of events of a person’s life (not Bibliographies)

  • Autobiographies – biographies of yourself


Examples of informational texts2
Examples of informational texts:

  • Almanacs - annual publications of weather forecasts and other information arranged according to the calendar of a given year


Examples of informational texts3

NO! …at least not all sections

Magazines - periodic publications containing pictures, stories, and articles of interest to those who purchase or subscribe to it

Examples of informational texts:

QUESTION: Are ALL Magazines informational??


Examples of informational texts4
Examples of informational texts:

  • Is this an informational text?


Let s see if it fits our requirements

Is it used to inform or explain something to the reading audience?

Is it nonfiction?

YES!

No, BUT… it uses fiction to portray fact

Let’s see if it fits our requirements…


Is it informational
Is it informational? audience?

YES!!


Examples of informational texts5
Examples of informational texts: audience?

  • Is this an informational text?


Let s see if it fits our requirements1

Is it used to inform or explain something to the reading audience?

Is it nonfiction?

Yes

NO!!

Let’s see if it fits our requirements…


Is it informational1
Is it informational? audience?

NO!!


How is an informational text different from other writing
How is an informational text different from other writing? audience?

  • Informational writing is factual while fiction writing is not.

  • Informational writing is written to inform or explain something while fictional writing often is a story conveying an authors point of view or is written simply to entertain.


How is informational text similar to other types of writing
How is informational text similar to other types of writing? audience?

  • Just as in fictional writing, it is important to consider your audience

  • Just as in fictional writing, it is important to have a focused purpose to your writing



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