Ch 8: Composing Informative Texts

About This Chapter

Explore methods for composing informative texts, including objective writing, organization, and essay structure. This chapter presents the building blocks of the informative essay, and provides an overview of precise language and clear writing.

Composing Informative Texts - Chapter Summary

This chapter introduces the necessary components of an informative piece of writing. Lessons cover essay structure, transitions, and conclusions, as well as instruction on clear and organized writing using objective and precise language. By the end of this chapter, you should be familiar with:

  • The definition and structure of the informative essay
  • Objective writing
  • Main ideas, thesis statements and topic sentences
  • Basic essay structure
  • The use of sources
  • Elements of effective conclusions

Knowledgeable instructors walk you through each concept, and short, engaging video lessons make the material fun and easy to understand. You can test your understanding of each lesson with the self-assessment quizzes, and review key moment of the lesson using the jump feature under the Timeline tab.

10 Lessons in Chapter 8: Composing Informative Texts
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Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

1. Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

There are many ways to inform your reader on a topic, from comparing and contrasting to providing a simple definition. Watch this lesson to learn about informative essays and how they educate readers through different formats.

Objective Writing: Definition & Examples

2. Objective Writing: Definition & Examples

Literally meaning 'uninfluenced by personal feelings in representing facts,' objective writing strives to do just that. This lesson will discuss the purpose of objective writing, as well as show you how to both identify and use it to your advantage, through examples and quizzing.

How to Introduce a Topic Clearly With a Summary Preview

3. How to Introduce a Topic Clearly With a Summary Preview

Here's a simple, surefire way to write an introduction for your paper, including a summary preview (or what some teachers call a thesis statement). This works for almost all papers, including definition, classification, comparison/contrast or cause/effect papers. Try this simple approach to set up your paper easily.

Organizing and Categorizing Ideas, Concepts and Information

4. Organizing and Categorizing Ideas, Concepts and Information

In this lesson, you will learn clear, simple ways to group your ideas together. First, you'll figure out what the paper is about, and then the rest is easy!

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

5. Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

What exactly is your essay about? Writing great thesis statements and topic sentences that align with your main idea will help readers to understand the theme, ideas, and central focus of your essay.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

6. Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

Working with an established essay structure provides writers with the necessary elements of a successful essay. In this lesson, we'll work through the drafting process for the five-paragraph essay and make note of important dos and don'ts.

How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

7. How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

Like a road map, transitions guide readers through your essay. This lesson examines the way writers transition between sentences, within paragraphs and between paragraphs to make for a smooth reading experience.

The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

8. The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

The simple tips in this lesson will help your writing come to life. Learn how to choose particular nouns and verbs that are active or that show precise states of being, perfect modifiers, and, as an added bonus, a very powerful writing tool: similes.

How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

9. How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

When writing an essay, you will often be asked to utilize appropriate sources for evidence, including facts and definitions. In this video, we will talk about the ways we can utilize and evaluate sources and evidence.

How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

10. How To Write Effective Conclusions: Importance and Elements

Follow this easy method to write a wonderful conclusion to your paper. Here you will find everything you need, including some most excellent writing tips!

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