An informative essay, also known as an expository essay, gives the reader detailed information about a specific topic



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An informative essay, also known as an expository essay, gives the reader detailed information about a specific topic.

  • An informative essay, also known as an expository essay, gives the reader detailed information about a specific topic.
  • Informative/expository essays are usually written in five paragraphs.

Five paragraphs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Five paragraphs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • First paragraph: Introduction
    • Second, Third, Fourth paragraphs: Body
      • HUGE amounts of detail, fact, and example
    • Fifth paragraph: Conclusion
      • Nicely summarizes everything

Take a deep breath, yo.

  • Take a deep breath, yo.
  • Choose a character or topic you have some definite opinion(s) on or already know something about.
  • Start with what you know—I promise you already know a lot. Then do research or look through a text to fill in the gaps.
  • Brainstorm using a graphic organizer, write out ideas, maybe make an outline.
  • Write a draft.
  • Revise with a friend. Revise with a parent/guardian. Revise by yourself. Revise with your teacher.
  • Rewrite.
  • Edit, proofread, check spelling, grammar, etc.
  • Turn in, on time, your last draft. Consider yourself a writer.

R - Restate the Question or Prompt

  • R - Restate the Question or Prompt
        • Introduction
  • A - Answer the Question or Prompt
        • Introduction
  • G - Give Evidence
        • Body
  • E - Explain Evidence
        • Body
  • +
  • C - Conclude
        • Conclusion

It should be fact-based.

  • It should be fact-based.
    • Facts can be quotes, statistics, definitions, names, dates, events.
  • It should be formal.
  • Remember who your reader is (the teacher!).
  • Use examples.
  • Explain what you mean.
  • Don’t be overwhelmed. You have a lot of valuable stuff to say. Your teachers want to read it.


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