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Introduction to Informative Writing

Introduction to Informative Writing

Author: Mackenzie W

Understand the characteristics of informative writing.

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Hi everyone. I'm McKenzie and today we're learning about introduction to informative writing. When was the last time you explain something to somebody? In this tutorial, we'll learn about the definition of informative writing, we'll discuss objectivity, and we'll talk about informative writing outside of academics.

We'll begin by discussing the definition of informative writing. Informative writing is a specific type of writing that aims to inform explain or describe something to the reader. Sometimes, informative writing is actually called expository writing. When we're using informative writing, we're trying to be as objective or unbiased as possible in the way that we inform or we convey the information. We're only trying to get information across. Sometimes, informative writing does, however, take a stance on something. The goal isn't to persuade the reader, but there could be a specific stance that's being taken when informing or giving information.

Here are some examples. If I write an informative essay about how to prevent identity theft, the stance is that identity theft should be prevented and here's how to do it. Or, if I write an informative essay about robotics and the potential uses for robots, my stance is that robots could be useful. These are both examples of what informative writing may sound like. Again, I'm trying to communicate information in an objective manner.

Because the goal of informative writing is to communicate information as objectively as possible, we have to make sure that we're communicating in the most fair, unbiased way that we can. Our job is to simply present the information. We're not trying to skew the reader's thinking of the information at all. We have to be objective about the information. Some argue that this is somewhat difficult to do, because we all have our own unique perspectives and backgrounds, which are influencing how we think about every topic.

Regardless, it's still our job to strive to be as objective as possible, to treat the information fairly and present it in a fair manner. One of the ways that we can do this is we can use the rhetorical situation to analyze our own potential biases and assumptions about the topic. We have to think about our own personal context and our own personal experience and background with that topic, and if we find that we do have some sort of bias or assumptions about the topic, those need to be addressed, whether it's the way that we write the information or in our writing of the information itself. This helps us to remain objective, which is the main goal when we're communicating in an informative manner.

Informative writing is one of the most common forms of writing and we're likely to come across it in our daily lives. Here are some examples of non-academic informative writing that you perhaps come across frequently. The first is newspaper and magazine articles. The goal here is to inform the reader about some sort of current event or something going on in our culture, community, or society. Business letters. The goal here is to inform the reader of some sort of business happening or business policy or procedure. Media releases. This is to inform the reader of something going on within the mass media. Perhaps it's a new video game that's being released. Instructions. The goal here is to inform the reader of how to do something. Perhaps it's a recipe. Perhaps it's some sort of technical writing that tells you how to put together the furniture you just purchased. Textbooks or encyclopedias. The goal here is to communicate factual information to help to educate the reader. And scientific reports. The goal here is to communicate scientific information in a very structured formal way.

In this tutorial, we learned about the definition of informative writing, we discussed objectivity, and we talked about informative writing outside of academics. The clearer explanation the better. I'm Mackenzie, thanks for listening.

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Informative Writing

Writing designed to inform, describe, or explain.