Informational Writing

Contributor: Rebecca Hann. Lesson ID: 11208

Best-sellers don't start out perfect; they go through revisions. So if your paper looks like someone spilled alphabet soup on it, it's OK! Learn to write your first draft and get ready to edit later!



English / Language Arts
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Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
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Dig Deeper

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Informational Writing Tip #2: Use transition words and sentences to make your writing flow smoothly. Connect sentences with words like "however," "for example," "or," and "such as."

Hello, and welcome back to the series, The Writing Process: Informational Writing.

Each Related Lesson in the series will focus on a different step of the writing process. It is important that you keep your writing at the end of each lesson, so you will have it available for the next step. At the conclusion of the series, you will publish your writing. It's time to get started!

As you learned earlier in this series, informational writing is nonfiction, factual writing, like the type you usually see in newspapers, almanacs, and reference books.

In the first Related Lesson, you created a plan for your writing, and completed the research necessary to write about your topic. If you have not completed these steps, go to the right-hand sidebar to complete the first step.

If you have your notes and plan ready, you can take the first step in creating a rough draft for your feature article, which is to create an introduction.

Your introduction should clearly state the topic of your article and set the stage for the rest of your piece. For more information about how to write your introduction, watch the following Informational Writing for Kids- Episode 4: Writing an Introduction video from Teaching Without Frills:

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  1. After you have watched the video, tell your parent or teacher what important elements to include when writing an introduction.
  2. Then, take the information you have learned about your topic and use it to help you create a strong introduction to your feature article.
  3. When you have finished, read it to your parent or teacher, and make sure there is nothing else you would like to add to your introduction right now. Remember, this is your first draft, and you will have time to revise and edit your writing, so you can always make changes later.

Excellent work! With your introduction complete, you have one-third of your feature article complete! Move on to the next section to work on your rough draft, starting with your sub-topics.

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