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Chapter 5: Informative Writing
Informative writing looks closely at a complex idea or specific topic and attempts to convey information accurately and logically. This requires that students establish and articulate a controlling idea and develop that idea using a combination of previous knowledge and research—primary and secondary sources, facts, examples, information, direct quotes, and/or statistics. The facts presented must be relevant and accurate to thoroughly support the assertions and analysis presented.
Student writing a draft of an informative essay in class, using an iPad to research information for her essay.
As students hone their informative writing skills, their ability to organize their ideas, select more powerful and relevant research, and thoroughly analyze information will continue to evolve and improve (see Figure 5.1).