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Ch 4: Writing Informative Texts

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Watch this chapter's video lessons and review the process for writing informative texts. Explore types of essays and how to develop them with effective organization, language and evidence.

Writing Informative Texts - Chapter Summary

Our video lessons in this chapter can help you refresh your informative writing skills. Professional instructors offer a number of tips to make essay writing a smoother process. You'll review the structure of different types of essays and study prewriting techniques.

In addition, the lessons focus on using strong evidence and language choices to develop effective informative texts. You'll also look at the importance of incorporating supportive details from sources into your writing. Once you complete the chapter's lessons, you should be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of descriptive essays and informative essays
  • Describe how to use brainstorming for writing projects
  • Understand how to write strong thesis statements, topic sentences and transitions
  • Discuss how good diction and language choices impact an essay's tone
  • List strategies for evaluating evidence from sources
  • Explain the steps for using reference material in writing projects
  • Distinguish between metaphors and similes
  • Understand how to determine a word's meaning based on its relationship with other words

We strive to make improving your writing skills a process that is both fun and convenient. Our engaging videos are typically just a few minutes long, and they include tags so that you can go back and watch important points. Our lessons include transcripts of the videos that highlight key terms. Use our self-assessment quizzes to test your comprehension of the covered topics.

7 Lessons in Chapter 4: Writing 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.

Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

2. Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

Great essays are made up of great ideas. Finding those great ideas is the first critical step on the road to writing a terrific essay. Learn some popular and effective brainstorming techniques that will work whether you have an hour or two weeks to write your paper.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

3. 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.

How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

4. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.

How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

5. 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 Use Reference Material in Your Writing

6. How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

When it comes to writing an essay or a vast array of other academic writing projects, you will often have to refer to the works of others. This video will teach you the skills to use reference materials in your writing.

Using Graphics & Multimedia in Writing Projects

7. Using Graphics & Multimedia in Writing Projects

This lesson explores different ways to integrate graphics and multimedia into writing. Using newspapers as an example, we will look at how a front page photo adds dimension to a headline. Then, we will examine digital storytelling techniques.

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