Informational Writing Prompts

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

Informational writing focuses on works of nonfiction, including biographies, history books, informational signs and menus. Read on to get some ideas on informational writing topics you can use for your next assignment.

What Should I Talk About?

If you have been assigned a paper without any specific area or topic, the task of finding something to explain to people can be as anxiety-inducing as the deadline. Before you start coming up with ideas for your informational text, you can use's video lessons to review what goes into informational writing and see examples of informational text then check out the prompts below.

Summer Sports Activities

Let's say you need to write about the different types of sports that students can participate in during summer break. What are the most common summer sports? Are there different teams available for different age groups? Can you play more than one sport? What can playing sports during your summer break teach you?

Mountain Weather

Your teacher has asked you to write about weather in the mountain regions. Are there different weather patterns at higher and lower elevations? What types of storms occur in the mountains? Can tornadoes touch down at high elevations? If you are camping in the mountains, what types of clothing do you need to stay warm and dry? Also consider how fast weather patterns can change in the mountains and what that means for campers and hikers who are outside for long periods of time.

Adopting A Pet

You've been tasked with writing brochures about animal adoption. Think of all the criteria that needs to be covered: how compatible are adults and children with different breeds of typical pets, such as dogs and cats. Will the potential families be taking just one animal, or do they need to understand how different furry friends will interact with each other? Are they willing to take special needs pets into their homes, and what are the differences between adopting kittens and puppies vs. adult animals?

Inside My House

Take a look around your house and think about all the appliances and equipment that are used to keep you and your family comfortable. Name some of those items and their purpose. What would happen if a piece of equipment quit working? Could you fix it yourself or would you have to call for help? How would your family be affected if the equipment didn't work for a week or two?

Additional Resource

Once you find an idea for your informational paper, you might also want to refresh your memory on how to structure an informational essay to brush up on your writing skills using this series of lessons from With these tools at your disposal, you will be on your way to crafting a quality paper in no time.

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