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Informational Writing Tip #3: Using a variety of sentence types, such as simple, compound, and complex, will keep your writing from sounding stiff or boring.
Hello, and welcome back to the series, The Writing Process: Informational Writing!
Each Related Lesson in the series, found in the right-hand sidebar, will focus on a different step of the writing process. It is important that you save your work at the end of each lesson because you will continue to add and make improvements to your work as the unit continues. At the conclusion of the series, you will publish your writing and make it available for an audience to read.
Let's get started!
Let's begin with a short review and reminder. Informational writing (sometimes called expository or explanatory writing), is nonfiction, factual writing. Informational writing is the type of writing you find in newspapers, almanacs, and reference books. If you think about each of these examples of writing, you will notice that this type of writing does not contain the writer's opinions or feelings.
You have already brainstormed and prewritten on your topic of choice; today, we are going to focus on revising your work. Revision is the step in the process when the writer rereads his or her work and makes changes to the wording and structure of the piece. This can also include adding new information that was previously overlooked, and deleting or replacing existing text that just doesn't sound quite right.
For more information about revising your writing, take a few minutes to watch Advanced Writing: Revising vs. Editing by Shmoop (below):
The video mentions four areas of focus for the revision process. Do you remember what they are? Discuss the four areas of focus with your parent or teacher and explain why each is important.
Did you say adding and changing details, dialogue, checking for repetition, and checking for length? Of course you did!
Excellent work! Now that you know what areas to focus on in your revision, you are ready to move on to the next section!