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This revision bite looks more closely at the first purpose of writing which is examined in Standard Grade English - to convey information. This means that you are expected to write informatively on a given topic for your reader (but hopefully in an interesting way!).

You will be given the opportunity to write informatively both in your examination and for your folio of coursework. Both are covered in this bite.

What is an information essay about?

An information essay can cover a number of things -

  • it could be that you are asked to provide information about yourself (for example, a hobby or pastime you enjoy)
  • it could be about an historical event (for example, the Titanic, the discovery of penicillin, or the modern computer)
  • it could also be based on a topic such as 'Becoming Fit'

The list is endless! These are only a few examples of the kinds of topic available.

The sections below will help you in completing the task of writing an informative essay. Before you look at them in more detail, read over the provided example of an informative essay, Information Essay A

Having read the essay over, you might ask yourself a few questions -

  • What is the essay's main topic?
  • What does each paragraph focus on as a sub-topic?
  • How is the information ordered?
  • Are there any examples of good linkage?
  • Has the tone of the essay been formally maintained?
  • Is the level of vocabulary and expression of some quality?

Reading the essay and thinking about these points should help ready you to write your own informative essay.

 

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Motoring journalist Vicki Butler-Henderson.

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How a motoring journalist writes an informative article

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