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Types of Informative Writing

Author: Mackenzie W
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Define types of informative writing.

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[MUSIC PLAYING] Hi, everyone. I'm McKenzie, and today we're learning about types of informative writing. Have you ever considered how many different ways there are to share information? In this tutorial, we'll discuss the different types of informative essays, including process, analysis, classification, definition, and cause/effect essays.

The goal of informative writing is to communicate information in an objective, unbiased manner, and there are a variety of ways for us to do that. We're going to discuss five of these ways, starting with a process essay. In a process essay, you discuss or describe how to do something using a set of steps.

Oftentimes, these steps are in chronological order-- first you do this, then you do this, and so on. An academic example of this could be an essay about the psychology of how to motivate others for a psychology course. A real-life example could be a recipe that tells you how to make fried chicken.

Next we have an analysis essay. This is when we look at a text or an image or a set of data, and we draw conclusions or we make interpretations. We analyze the information. An academic example of this could be using the results of a survey about sleep patterns and drawing conclusions. An example from everyday life could be a movie review.

Then we have a classification essay. This is when we describe things based on different categories that they fall into. An academic example could be an essay about different styles of dance from across the globe. An everyday example could be a book that discusses tropical fish and has the fish listed into different categories.

We also have a definition essay. This is when we describe what something is. This isn't necessarily a dictionary definition, but rather a new or thoughtful way to think about something. An academic example could be what it means to be a citizen. A real-life example could be a blog posting written by a father who is defining the bravery of his son who is facing cancer.

And we have a cause/effect essay. This is when we describe the causes of some sort of phenomenon, event, or idea, and we describe what is the effect of that phenomenon or idea. An academic example could be an essay about the causes and subsequent effects of childhood obesity. A real-life example could be a blog that's about personal stressors in someone's life, what caused those stressors, and what's the effect on that person.

These are just five examples of different types of informative writing. There are other ways for us to communicate information in an objective, non-biased manner, as well.

In this tutorial, we discussed different types of informative writing including process, analysis, classification, definition, and cause/effect essays. Find the right way to share information. I'm Mackenzie. Thanks for listening.