Writing an Informative Essay
Informative essays engage readers with new, interesting, and often surprising facts and details about a subject. Informative essays are educational; readers expect to learn something new from them. In fact, much of the reading and writing done in college and the workplace is informative. From textbooks to reports to tutorials like this one, informative writing imparts important and useful information about a topic.
This tutorial refers to the sample informative outline and final essay written by fictional student Paige Turner.
Reasons to Write Informatively
Your purpose for writing and the audience for whom you are writing will impact the depth and breadth of information you provide, but all informative writing aims to present a subject without opinions or bias. Some common reasons to write informatively are to
- report findings that an audience would find interesting,
- present facts that an audience would find useful, and
- communicate information about a person, place, event, issue, or change that would improve an audience’s understanding.
Characteristics of Informative Essays
Informative essays present factual information and do not attempt to sway readers’ opinions about it. Other types of academic and workplace writing do try to influence readers’ opinions:
- Expository essays aim to expose a truth about an issue in order to influence how readers view the issue.
- Persuasive essays aim to influence readers’ opinions, so they will adopt a particular position or take a certain course of action.
Expository and persuasive essays make “arguments.” The only argument an informative essay makes is that something exists, did exist, is happening, or has happened, and the point of the essay is not to convince readers of this but to tell them about it.
- Informative essays seek to enlighten and educate readers, so they can make their own educated opinions and decisions about what to think and how to act.
Strategies for Writing Informatively
Informative essays provide useful information such as facts, examples, and evidence from research in order to help readers understand a topic or see it more clearly. While informative writing does not aim to appeal emotionally to readers in order to change their opinions or behaviors, informative writing should still be engaging to read. Factual information is not necessarily dry or boring. Sometimes facts can be more alarming than fiction!
Writers use various strategies to engage and educate readers. Some strategies include
- introducing the topic with an alarming fact or arresting image;
- asserting what is true or so about the subject in a clear thesis statement;
- organizing the paragraphs logically by grouping related information;
- unifying each paragraph with a topic sentence and controlling idea;
- developing cohesive paragraphs with transition sentences;
- using precise language and terminology appropriate for the topic, purpose, and audience; and
- concluding with a final idea or example that captures the essay’s purpose and leaves a lasting impression.
Five Steps for Getting Started
1. Brainstorm and choose a topic.
- Sample topic : The opioid epidemic in the United States.
- The opiod epidemic or even opiod addiction would would be considered too broad for a single essay, so the next steps aim to narrow this topic down.
2. Next, write a question about the topic that you would like to answer through research.
- Sample question : What major events caused the opioid crisis in the United States?
- This question aims to narrow the topic down to causes of the epidemic in the US.
3. Now go to the Purdue Global Library to find the answers to your research question.
As you begin reading and collecting sources, write down the themes that emerge as common answers. Later, in step four, use the most common answers (or the ones you are most interested in writing and discussing) to construct a thesis statement.
- Sample answers: aggressive marketing, loopholes in prescription drug provider programs, and economic downturn.
4. Next, provide purpose to your paper by creating a thesis statement.
The thesis attempts to frame your research question. The sample thesis below incorporates three of the more common answers for the research question from step two: What caused the opioid crisis in the United States?
- Thesis Statement : Aggressive marketing, loopholes in prescription drug provider programs, and economic downturn contributed to the current opioid crisis in the United States.
- Writing Tip : For additional help with thesis statements, please visit our Writing a Thesis Statement article. For help with writing in 3rd person, see our article on Formal Vs. Informal Writing .
5. Now follow each numbered step in the “Suggested Outline Format and Sample” below.
Sample answers have been provided for “I. Introduction” and “II. First Cause.” A complete sample outline can be seen here. A complete sample informative essay can be seen here.
Suggested Outline Format and Sample
A. First provide a topic sentence that introduces the main topic: Sample topic sentence : There is a current prescription pain medication addiction and abuse epidemic possibly caused by an excessive over prescription of these medications.
B. Now provide a couple sentences with evidence to support the main topic: Sample sentence one with evidence to support the main topic : According to Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in testimony before the 115th Congress, “In 2016, over 11 million Americans misused prescription opioids … and 2.1 million had an opioid use disorder due to prescription opioids” (Federal Efforts to Combat the Opioid Crisis, 2017, p. 2).
C. Sample sentence two with evidence to support the main topic : Volkow indicated “more than 300,000 Americans have died of an opioid overdose” since 2013 (Federal Efforts to Combat the Opioid Crisis, 2017, p.2).
D. Sample sentence three with evidence to support the main topic : According to Perez-Pena (2017), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 25,000 people in the United States died in 2015 from overdosing on opioids Fentanyl, Oxycodone, and Hydrocodone.
E. Toward the end of the introduction, include your thesis statement written in the 3rd-person point-of-view: Sample thesis statement : Potential solutions to the growing opioid epidemic may be illuminated by examining how opioid addiction is triggered through aggressive pharmaceutical marketing, how opioid addiction manifests among prescribed patients, and how economic downturns play a role in the increase of opioid addiction.
F. Write down the library sources you can use in this introductory paragraph to help support the main topic.
- Federal Efforts to Combat the Opioid Crisis, 2017
- Perez-Pena, 2017
- Writing Tip : For more help writing an introduction, please refer to this article on introductions and conclusions .
II. FIRST CAUSE
A. First provide a topic sentence that introduces the first cause of the opioid epidemic: Sample topic sentence that introduces the first cause : One issue that helped contribute to the opioid epidemic is aggressive marketing by pharmaceutical manufacturers.
B. Now provide sentences with evidence to support the first cause: Sample sentence one with evidence that supports the first cause : Perez-Pena (2017) concluded that while the healthcare industry was attempting to effectively and efficiently treat patients with chronic pain, pharmaceutical companies were providing funding to prominent doctors, medical societies, and patient advocacy groups in order to win support for a particular drug’s adoption and usage.
C. Sample sentence two with evidence to support the first cause : In fact, pharmaceutical companies continue to spend millions on promotional activities and materials that deny or trivialize any risks of opioid use while at the same time overstating each drug’s benefit (Perez-Pina, 2017).
D. Next, add more information or provide concluding or transitional sentences that foreshadows the upcoming second cause: Sample concluding and transitional sentence that foreshadow the second cause : Although aggressive marketing by pharmaceutical companies played a large role in opioid addiction, patients are to blame too, as many take advantage of holes in the healthcare provider system in order to remedy their addiction.
E. Write down the library sources you can use in this body paragraph to help support the first cause:
- Writing Tip : For more assistance working with sources, please visit the Using Sources page here.
III. SECOND CAUSE
A. First provide a topic sentence that introduces the second cause.
B. Now provide sentences with evidence to support the second cause.
C. Next, add more information or provide concluding or transitional sentences that foreshadows the upcoming third cause.
D. Write down the library sources you can use in this body paragraph to help support the second cause:
- Writing Tip : Listen to Writing Powerful Sentences for information and features of effective writing.
IV. THIRD CAUSE
A. First provide a topic sentence that introduces the third cause.
B. Now provide sentences with evidence to support the third cause.
C. Next, add more information or provide a concluding sentence or two.
D. Write down the library sources you can use in this body paragraph to help support the third cause:
V. CONCLUSION: Summary of key points and evidence discussed.
- Writing Tip : For more help writing a conclusion, refer to this podcast on endings .
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Informative Essay — Purpose, Structure, and Examples
What is informative writing?
Informative writing educates the reader about a certain topic. An informative essay may explain new information, describe a process, or clarify a concept. The provided information is objective, meaning the writing focuses on presentation of fact and should not contain personal opinion or bias.
Informative writing includes description, process, cause and effect, comparison, and problems and possible solutions:
Describes a person, place, thing, or event using descriptive language that appeals to readers’ senses
Explains the process to do something or how something was created
Discusses the relationship between two things, determining how one ( cause ) leads to the other ( effect ); the effect needs to be based on fact and not an assumption
Identifies the similarities and differences between two things; does not indicate that one is better than the other
Details a problem and presents various possible solutions ; the writer does not suggest one solution is more effective than the others
Purpose of informative writing
The purpose of an informative essay depends upon the writer’s motivation, but may be to share new information, describe a process, clarify a concept, explain why or how, or detail a topic’s intricacies.
Informative essays may introduce readers to new information .
Summarizing a scientific/technological study
Outlining the various aspects of a religion
Providing information on a historical period
Describe a process or give step-by-step details of a procedure.
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Clarify a concept and offer details about complex ideas.
Explain why or how something works the way that it does.
Describe how the stock market impacts the economy
Illustrate why there are high and low tides
Detail how the heart functions
Offer information on the smaller aspects or intricacies of a larger topic.
Identify the importance of the individual bones in the body
Outlining the Dust Bowl in the context of the Great Depression
Explaining how bees impact the environment
How to write an informative essay
Regardless of the type of information, the informative essay structure typically consists of an introduction, body, and conclusion.
Explanation of evidence
Review of main ideas
Informative essay introduction
When composing the introductory paragraph(s) of an informative paper, include a hook, introduce the topic, provide background information, and develop a good thesis statement.
If the hook or introduction creates interest in the first paragraph, it will draw the readers’ attention and make them more receptive to the essay writer's ideas. Some of the most common techniques to accomplish this include the following:
Emphasize the topic’s importance by explaining the current interest in the topic or by indicating that the subject is influential.
Use pertinent statistics to give the paper an air of authority.
A surprising statement can be shocking; sometimes it is disgusting; sometimes it is joyful; sometimes it is surprising because of who said it.
An interesting incident or anecdote can act as a teaser to lure the reader into the remainder of the essay. Be sure that the device is appropriate for the informative essay topic and focus on what is to follow.
Directly introduce the topic of the essay.
Provide the reader with the background information necessary to understand the topic. Don’t repeat this information in the body of the essay; it should help the reader understand what follows.
Identify the overall purpose of the essay with the thesis (purpose statement). Writers can also include their support directly in the thesis, which outlines the structure of the essay for the reader.
Informative essay body paragraphs
Each body paragraph should contain a topic sentence, evidence, explanation of evidence, and a transition sentence.
A good topic sentence should identify what information the reader should expect in the paragraph and how it connects to the main purpose identified in the thesis.
Provide evidence that details the main point of the paragraph. This includes paraphrasing, summarizing, and directly quoting facts, statistics, and statements.
Explain how the evidence connects to the main purpose of the essay.
Place transitions at the end of each body paragraph, except the last. There is no need to transition from the last support to the conclusion. A transition should accomplish three goals:
Tell the reader where you were (current support)
Tell the reader where you are going (next support)
Relate the paper’s purpose
Informative essay conclusion
Incorporate a rephrased thesis, summary, and closing statement into the conclusion of an informative essay.
Rephrase the purpose of the essay. Do not just repeat the purpose statement from the thesis.
Summarize the main idea found in each body paragraph by rephrasing each topic sentence.
End with a clincher or closing statement that helps readers answer the question “so what?” What should the reader take away from the information provided in the essay? Why should they care about the topic?
Informative essay example
The following example illustrates a good informative essay format:
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How to Write an Informative Essay
Last Updated: February 14, 2023 References
This article was co-authored by Megan Morgan, PhD . Megan Morgan is a Graduate Program Academic Advisor in the School of Public & International Affairs at the University of Georgia. She earned her PhD in English from the University of Georgia in 2015. There are 12 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been viewed 238,472 times.
An informative essay educates the reader about a topic. You'll need to know a good deal about your subject and convey information in a clear, organized fashion. If it seems overwhelming at first, remember to take it step by step. Working methodically can help you write a successful paper, and you may even enjoy the process!
Selecting and Researching Your Topic
- Be sure you know how your teacher wants you to cite your sources so you can keep track of what you research. Some schools provide reference software like EndNote or RefWorks, which can make collecting and keeping track of research sources easier.
- Be aware of any formatting requirements. The essay prompt will often tell you things such as whether the essay needs to be handwritten or typed, and what font type and size to use. If it doesn't stipulate, the safe choice is a standard, readable 12-pt font such as Times New Roman or Arial. Avoid using "cute" or "quirky" fonts in an academic paper unless given specific permission to do so.
- Know the due date! Get started early so that you have plenty of time to complete the essay.
- The topic should not be too broad or too narrow. See Write an Essay for more information. There should be enough information about the topic to write about, but not so much that you can't present clear, concise information. For example, writing on "the history of animal shelters" is probably much too broad, while "the history of Sunny Days Animal Shelter in X County" is probably too narrow. A happy medium might be "the history of breed-specific animal shelters in America."
- The topic should be appropriate and interesting to your audience. Think in advance about who might be reading your essay. Obviously, if this is for school, your teacher is your primary audience, but you should always have a target audience in mind. What will they want to know? What do they probably not know already that your essay will provide?
- Ideally, the topic should be one that interests you. This will make the writing process that much easier, and you can pass your enthusiasm on to your reader.
- For best results, try to find online sources from reputable organizations, government agencies, and universities. Google Scholar can be a good place to start.
- For your informative essay, you will need an introduction, at least three main points, and a conclusion. You may want to make these sections and write notes down under the section where you expect it to go.
- Make an ideas map. Put your topic in a circle at the center of a piece of paper, then write down the most important pieces of information or ideas related to it in circles surrounding the topic. Make lines connecting each idea to the topic. Next, add details around each idea, circling them and making lines to show connections. There may be lines connecting ideas to each other, as well, or between supporting details.
- Make a list. If you prefer the linear format of a list, write down your topic at the top and then below it any ideas you have. Under the ideas, add extra details that support them. Don't worry about putting them in specific order - that comes next.
- Free write. Free writing can help you generate ideas, even if it usually doesn't provide polished prose you'll use in your final draft. Set a short time limit, such as 15 minutes, and then write whatever comes to mind about your topic. Don't stop to edit or change spelling, and keep writing even if you aren't sure you have anything to say. The important thing is to write for all 15 minutes.
Making an Outline
- Don't worry about getting your thesis just right at this point - that comes later. If you don't feel ready to write the thesis out, jot down some notes in the introductory part of your outline. At the very least, you need some idea of what you want to say in your essay.
- While it may seem odd to summarize your essay before you've begun, writing your thesis at the beginning of your outline will help you organize your ideas and select the most important details that you want to present.
- The number of details you use depends on the paper length: if you're writing a five-paragraph essay, then you have three paragraphs for the body, so you'll need three main ideas.
- Make sure you choose the most important details, and that they are all distinct from one another.
- Details used to support your thesis are also called "evidence."
- Make sure you have enough supporting details for each paragraph. If you don't have enough to say about the paragraph's main topic, consider changing the topic or combining it with another paragraph. Alternatively, you can research a bit more to find additional supporting details for the paragraph.
Writing Your Essay
- Do not worry about spelling errors or mistakes. Remember that this is just a rough draft, not your final copy. Just focus on writing it down, and later you can fix mistakes.
- Write your rough draft by hand or type it - whichever is easier for you.
- For example, a topic/transition sentence might look like this: "While some factories allow union labor, others, such as those in X, argue that unionizing harms the workplace." This sentence gives a clear direction for the paragraph (some factories argue against unionizing) and links it to the paragraph before it (which was probably about pro-union factories).
- Remember: each paragraph needs unity (a single central idea), clear relation to the thesis , coherence (logical relationship of ideas within the paragraph), and development (ideas are clearly explained and supported).  X Trustworthy Source University of North Carolina Writing Center UNC's on-campus and online instructional service that provides assistance to students, faculty, and others during the writing process Go to source
- Make sure you're clear about what the idea of each paragraph is. To keep yourself on track, refer to your outline as you write.
- Have you told the reader everything you need to about your topic?
- Do you have a clear thesis statement, expressed in two to three sentences?
- Do all your paragraphs relate to the thesis?
- Does each paragraph have one main idea, supported by accurate, objective details?
- Does your conclusion summarize your thoughts on the topic without adding new information or opinions?
- How does the paper flow? Are there clear, logical transitions between paragraphs?
- Have you used clear, concise prose and avoided flowery language?
- Did the reader learn something new from the essay? Is it presented in an interesting way?
- Have you cited sources as instructed by your teacher?
- As you write your final draft, keep track of coherence in particular. Rough drafts often have all of their ideas jumbled up without a clear, logical progression. A key difference between a rough draft and a final draft is that the final draft should offer its information in a smooth, clear, easy-to-read fashion that builds on previous points as it goes along. Keeping an eye out to make sure you've followed the C-E-E- formula will help you.
- Also keep an eye out for word echoes, or words that show up many times within the space of a few sentences or paragraphs. If you use the word discusses multiple times in the same paragraph, it will make your writing seem clunky and unpolished.
- Sometimes our eyes "fix" mistakes for us as we read, so it's hard to catch mistakes reading silently. Reading aloud helps you find mistakes your eye might not.
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To write an informative essay, start with an introduction that presents a thesis statement articulating your argument in 2-3 concise sentences. For the body of the essay, focus on one main idea per paragraph and start each paragraph with a topic sentence that establishes that main idea. Then, follow the topic sentence with cited evidence and explanatory detail. Finish up with a conclusion that summarizes your main points and restates your thesis. Don't forget to proofread carefully before turning in your essay! For helpful tips on researching and using good sources, read on! Did this summary help you? Yes No
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❓What is an Informative Essay?
📑Variations of Informative Essay
✒️Select your Topic for an Essay
☝️How to Start Conducting Research
📃Guide for Writing an Informative Essay
✅Tips for Writing an Informative Essay
✍️What I Need to Avoid While Writing
As a student, having informative essay writing skills will come in handy in school and working environments. This writing process requires an author to provide readers with information on an occurrence, subject, idea, company, or thing. But using an approach to express an opinion or convince a reader in such an essay is not a good idea.
Although it is similar to narrative essay writing , composing an informative essay demands critical thinking and credible research. And we will show you briefly how to write an informative essay successfully in this article. But first, let's determine what an informative essay signifies.
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What is an Informative Essay?
When dealing with an informative essay, you should know its main features. The purpose of an essay is not to persuade an audience by adding interesting information. Instead, its focus is on educating a reader on a specific topic by offering a how-to, analyzing data, and comparing controversial viewpoints about a particular topic.
In addition, other types of essays can be very similar to informative ones. And it is crucial to differentiate them and point out their specific features.
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Variations of an Informative Essay
In academic practice, many essays can be defined as informative too. It occurs because they express the same purpose — to share information with audiences. Among them are the following:
- Expository Essay
- Narrative Essay
- Cause-and-Effect Essay
- Process Essay
- Compare-and-Contrast Essay
- Descriptive Essay
- Problem-Solution Essay
1. Expository Essay
This essay type is almost identical to informative essays. Their similarity lies in their purpose — to provide readers with information. However, while writing an expository essay , you must add supporting evidence to explain specific points, which goes beyond providing readers with information.
2. Narrative Essay
A narrative essay aims to inform readers about a specific topic comprehensively. Typically, such an essay is used to uncover a single theme. A narrative essay is informative, as it is not focused on convincing the audience about a point.
3. Cause-and-Effect Essay
This essay focuses on describing how the cause of a thing occurs and what effect it might result on another thing. Therefore, it is considered informative if it discloses the main idea of the similarities connecting two things. However, this essay must determine a cause or effect. It is also considered an argumentative essay.
4. Process Essay
The name of a process essay tells itself. It is used to uncover a detailed description of an operational mechanism of something. That's why it is also considered informative. While writing this type of essay, you must clarify each step comprehensively.
5. Compare and Contrast Essay
Compare and contrast essay focuses on differentiating and highlighting the likenesses between multiple subjects. In other words, it could be either an argumentative or informative essay depending on the essay's motive. For instance, "The similarities and differences between football and basketball" is an informative essay. On the other hand, "Why is football better than basketball?" is an argumentative essay.
6. Descriptive Essay
In a descriptive essay, you need to provide an accurate description of a topic's object. It can be everything: a situation, a particular person, an occasion, and so on. While writing a descriptive essay , you must make it realistic enough to capture the reader's imagination. This essay could either be written to give information or with an eventual objective.
7. Problem-Solution Essay
Such an essay aims to examine a suggested problem and offer several solutions. This essay is informative when you provide several solutions to a raised issue. However, you will need to apply specific writing tools to convince a reader that one solution is superior to the rest.
Thus, all the types of essays mentioned above are informative because of their nature to provide some information. Of course, what format of the message is used in each kind is another topic for discussion. But if you prefer writing a persuasive essay , you can approach our service and receive an excellent piece of writing.
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Select your Topic
Writing an informative essay starts with defining a topic . It is challenging to select a topic, as this essay's type must be original, impressive, and meaningful. With this in mind, you should pick a topic that can explain new aspects of known phenomena or innovative approaches used in various life spheres. If you feel a lack of fresh ideas and need essay help , we gathered some topic examples for you:
- How to substitute caffeine drinks with products that produce the same stimulating effect.
- Positive aspects of plastic surgery or when having plastic surgery is the right thing to do.
- How to determine that a person is addicted to drugs.
- Is it possible to reduce obesity problems by placing a ban on fast food?
- Causes and effects of domestic violence as a global issue.
Once you've chosen the essay's theme to work on, make sure you get all the necessary information to compose a concise and meaningful essay. After that, it's time to research and arrange your material in a particular order.
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How to Start Conducting Research
Like any other essay, you must gather the required information for your work through research. Creating a concept map with words and phrases connected with your central topic is a good idea. This will help you stay focused on the main aspects of your paper. Ensure you only use reliable websites, books, and articles to impart accurate information. Also, it is useful to note valuable citations and research details, not to overlook important facts. As soon as you have all material wrapped up, it is time to structurize it and bring it into the presentable form.
Steps to Writing a Successful Informative Essay
This section discloses the key stages of writing a successful, informative essay. The precondition to this step is the topic title defined and extensive research done. Now, you have a package of information you need to order and provide a smooth transition between sections in your paper.
An informative essay must have an introductory part that leads a reader to the key point of a composition. And you should know how to write an informative essay introduction to entice the reader's interest from the very beginning. If you don't have enough time for writing, you can always reach out to our support team and say, " write my essay please ," and we will get it done. Our writers are always ready to help.
There are many benefits to creating an informative essay outline:
- It helps to organize your thoughts and ideas before you begin writing.
- It gives others insight into what your research is about by including background information, sources, and conclusions.
- It provides an opportunity to share your work with others in a way that they can understand.
1. Thesis statement
Many students question how to write a thesis statement for an informative essay. And we will help you understand it in a brief explanation. A thesis plays an important role. It helps focus a reader's attention on the essay's purpose. It should comprise the key facts. Make sure to provide not a too-long thesis statement but a short and accurate one.
If you can create a proper thesis statement, it would serve as a guideline for your analysis. Aside from that, an informative essay thesis must not have a persuasive manner but highlight what will come to the reader.
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An introduction represents a summary of what you will reveal in your essay. The question of how to write an introduction for an informative essay is among those challenges bothering students. To solve it, you should consider how to make it engaging and captivating. Also, include your informative essay thesis statement in an introduction. Thus, your reader will be curious and eager to continue reading your essay.
3. Body paragraphs
In this part of your essay, you must reveal the main message. To make it more organized, divide the general information into a few paragraphs, for example, three. Each paragraph must be easy-to-read and contain details you aim to share on the topic. In academic writing, using only reliable sources to make your essay unique is crucial. So it would be best if you took proper time while researching.
The summarizing part of an essay is a conclusion, and you should know how to write a conclusion for an informative essay. It might be the content of the 5th paragraph of a paper. It leads an essay to summarize the hot points mentioned in the body. In this section, you should revise the essay's purpose again but from another angle.
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Tips for Writing an Informative Essay
Provide your plan well, select an appropriate topic, and know the informative essay structure - all these steps will make your essay writing process more manageable. If you know how to write a 500 word essay , composing a proper informative essay will be easy. However, we listed some tips that might help you in writing a proper informative essay:
- Dive into the instructions for your assignment
- Think of the unique essay title
- Make sure you do an extensive research
- Create an impressive thesis statement
- Create an outline
- Make your introduction catchy
- Write each body paragraph with contents from trusted sources
- Do not include any information in the conclusion previously not stated in the body
An informative essay can be a great way to educate readers on a particular topic. The key to writing a successful essay is to provide clear and concise information without overwhelming the reader. PapersOwl can provide you with the necessary guidance to ensure that your informative essay is of the highest standard and contains only accurate and up-to-date information.
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What I Need to Avoid While Writing an Informative Essay
Writing a standard informative essay also involves a range of points better to avoid. Among them are:
- Avoid including supporting evidence. This makes your work poorly informative and less argumentative.
- Be cautious about using persuasive words and phrases.
- Don't allow repetition of your thoughts and information at large to happen. Unless it is necessary to connect the dots, there is no need to mention any point more than once.
Knowing how to write an informative essay will be useful to you academically and professionally. Even though it appears difficult, learning the appropriate tips for writing it and utilizing the skills of experts will help you get through it.
Knowing how to write an informative essay will be helpful to you academically and professionally. Even though it is difficult, learning the appropriate tips for writing it and benefiting from experts' skills will enable you to get through it.
Writing this type of essay requires you to pass information through the reader without persuasion. However, it would help if you learned how to catch readers' interest using appropriate thesis statements. By following simple insights, you will get a successful, informative essay.
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Informative Essay - Writing Tips, Examples and Topics
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Essay writing can be challenging for students. However, it is one common assignment form that almost every student from every level has to attempt.
There are several different essay types that a student will need to write depending on their field of study. No matter which discipline you belong to, there's one thing all your essays have in common; information.
All the essays should be a detailed account of the chosen subject to provide a good understanding to the audience. These essays are known as informative essays that are written for the sole purpose of informing something. It is a form of essay that attempts to educate the reader about a theme.
Continue reading to learn how an informative essay is written professionally by following all the writing rules.
What is an Informative Essay?
An informative essay is described as a document developed to inform and educate the audience about a particular subject. This essay type explains the chosen term or topic and analyzes the data for the readers.
Unlike other essay types that attempt to entertain, the informative essay intends to teach new information to the audience. Moreover, this essay does not form or share an opinion on the topic and only shares subjective information.
An informative essay also compares the controversial and contradicting viewpoints that help to understand the topic better. No matter which field you are writing an essay for, it should present in-depth knowledge and basic facts.
In a nutshell, the function of this essay is to define a term, draw a comparison, and analyze data. It does not present an opinion or tries to persuade the audience.
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Types of Informative Essay
According to the functions that an informative essay performs, it can be divided into several types. If you are a high school or a college student, understanding each informative essay type is essential to score well.
A descriptive essay is an essay type that describes an event, concept, or subject in detail. The writer attempts to paint a picture in the reader’s mind to make them experience what they experience.
To make the audience understand the topic, the writer uses explanations that hit the five senses. Check out the following example to understand better how a descriptive essay is written.
Descriptive Essay Example
A cause and effect essay investigates an event or idea that identifies its reasons and effects. It is a detailed study of all the events that lead to certain results.
This essay requires a writer to deeply research all the reasons for an event or action that leads to particular effects. In this essay, the writer informs the audience about the topic without persuading them.
Have a look at the below-given example to get an idea about how a cause and effect essay is written.
Cause and Effect Essay Example
Compare and contrast essay studies a subject in detail by drawing similarities and differences. In this essay, two subjects are chosen from the same category. It highlights the elements that make the two things the same or different.
Writing a compare and contrast essay requires a writer to identify and analyze all the characteristics and angles of the subject. Refer to the following example to get a detailed idea.
Compare and Contrast Essay Example
A process essay is a writing type that presents a process of doing something. It serves the goal of providing the audience with guidance and directions on the topic. This essay includes a step-by-step description of the process of doing something. Read the following example to get a better understanding.
Process Essay Example
A problem-solution essay is a form of informative essay that focuses on a problem and its multiple solutions. This essay also attempts to educate the audience on the problem and its significance.
Writing a problem-solution essay requires having a full grip and knowledge of the factors causing the problems. It also discusses the measures taken to deal with the problem. Continue reading the following example to learn how to write this type of essay.
Problem Solution Essay Example
Just as the name suggests, an expository essay is a form of informative essay where the writer explains the topic. While writing this essay, the writer investigates an idea, evaluates the gathered evidence, expounds on that idea, and develops an argument.
Understand the detailed concept by going through the following example of an expository essay .
The essay types in the informative essay family study the subject in detail and analyze different aspects subjectively.
Expository Essay Example
How to Start an Informative Essay?
Here are some steps that will help you to start writing an essay.
1. Choose the Topic
The first and foremost step in writing any form of essay is to choose a topic. The writer should select an interesting and attention-grabbing theme for the informative essay. It should motivate the readers to read more.
A professional trick is to choose a topic according to your interests, analyzing the prevailing issues, and identifying the targeted audience.
When selecting a topic, it is essential to ensure that enough material can be gathered from various sources of information. The writer should have credible sources that will provide facts and knowledge to the audience.
2. Develop a Thesis Statement
Once you have a topic in hand for your informative essay, it is time to develop a thesis statement . A thesis statement is the central idea of the essay around which the whole content revolves.
All the research and data gathering is done, keeping in view this statement. Unlike other essay types, the thesis statement of an informative essay does not include a writer’s perspective. It only shares a subjective approach to the purpose of the essay.
3. Conduct Research
The thesis statement will direct the research and data collection. Decide on a strong statement and start collecting data that will support and prove the main purpose. Consult various credible sources and gather the information to inform the readers about the topic.
An informative essay is based on deep research as it will present factual information and reliable content. As this essay does not involve perceived ideas about the topic, a writer should dig deeper to collect believable facts.
4. Informative Essay Outline
The gathered raw information needs an organization to be understandable for readers. Essay content should reach its full potential when it's professionally formed and presented in a way that will engage the reader.
The purpose of writing an informative essay is to inform the readers and make them understand the topic. Without a proper presentation of the data, the goal will not be achieved as the content will not be understandable.
According to the traditional essay outline, the content of an essay is divided into three sections; introduction, main body, and conclusion. This division brings a logical flow in the information, gradually taking the audience to the final verdict.
Check out the following informative essay outline sample to get a better idea.
Informative Essay Outline
How to write an informative essay.
When writing for academics, you must know the correct procedure of the essay. However, there are no set of rules that define the writing process of an essay. Different things work for different writers. But there can be some common steps that can follow to make the process easier.
Every essay involves gathering information, organizing, and writing it by following the proper structure. If you are assigned an informative essay, the following procedure will help you write it effectively.
Choose the Topic
Develop a thesis statement.
Once you have a topic in hand for your informative essay, it is time to develop a thesis statement. A thesis statement is the central idea of the essay around which the whole content revolves.
The gathered raw information needs an organization to be understandable for the readers. Essay content should be formed professionally if the information is not provided.
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1. Informative Essay Introduction
The first section of the essay is the introduction. Here the writer presents the essay's purpose and attempts to grab the reader’s attention towards the content. An informative essay introduction includes the following information:
- A hook statement to excite the audience
- The background context of the chosen topic
- The main thesis statement
Writing an introduction correctly is essential for your informative essay’s effectiveness.
2. Informative Essay Body Paragraphs
The body of an informative essay contains all the details on the topic. In addition, it includes supporting information and evidence on the thesis statement.
This section has several paragraphs that together form informative content for the audience. All the body paragraphs contain a single point or claim and an explanation that describes a topic.
3. Informative Essay Conclusion
All the body paragraphs lead the audience towards the end of the essay. The conclusion is the last section of the essay in which the closing statements are presented. It gives closure to the whole discussion.
The concluding paragraph of an informative essay should contain the following information:
- Restated thesis statement
- Summary of the major points
The purpose of writing a conclusion is to highlight the essay’s significance and where this information can be applied.
4. Editing and Proofreading
After you have drafted the conclusion of your essay, revise the content. Proofread it a couple of times to ensure that the content is perfect and according to the writing conventions. The following things should be checked when revising your essay:
Get rid of all the mistakes and errors to make your informative essay compelling. Lastly, ensure that you have followed the correct informative essay format.
Informative Essay Examples
When drafting an academic assignment for the first time, students need examples to understand the correct procedure and structure. Check out the following examples to write an effective piece of document.
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Informative Essay Topics
The significance of the topic in the essay’s success can not be ignored. The essay topic that you choose should be interesting for you as well as for the audience.
Coming up with the right topic for your essay can be daunting as students can often not spend time brainstorming ideas. If you can’t come up with a theme, here are some good informative essay topics for you:
- What are the ways to treat insomnia?
- Causes and effects of anxiety
- How to lose weight?
- Tips and tricks to lose weight from exercise
- How to set up a tent?
- How to get admission to a dream college?
- Steps to writing a persuasive essay?
- How to control bullying on campus?
- Causes and effects of unemployment
- How to control a panic attack?
- How to overcome stress?
- Racism and discrimination in the United States
- Gun control and its effect
- Consequences that lead to World War I
- The similarities and differences between Vietnam War and War on Terror
Informative Essay Writing Tips
Students require professional tips to make sure that their academic assignments are accurately drafted. Apart from following the correct writing procedure of an essay, experts’ tips help polish the draft and ensure quality content.
Here are the tips to make your informative essay outstanding:
- Choose a topic analyzing your interests and passion.
- Conduct in-depth research consulting credible sources of information to make the content authentic.
- The thesis statement of the essay should be concise, direct, and readable.
- All the paragraphs in the body section should start with a topic sentence.
- Use examples and facts to support your claims.
- Keep the content simple and concise.
- Keep the introduction section short and clear.
- Do not share extra information in the introduction paragraph.
- Create an outline to make the essay’s content structured
- The length of the conclusion should not exceed the length of the introduction.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the 5 parts of an informative essay.
Here are the five main parts of an informative essay.
- Thesis statement
- Body paragraphs
How many paragraphs are in an informative essay?
The basic structure for an informative essay will include four or five paragraphs.
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What is an Informative Essay and How to Write One?
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Have you been assigned an informative essay but don’t know where to start? This guide has got you covered!
An informative essay is a common assignment for school or college students. The goal is to provide detailed information to the readers about the specific topic.
Read on to find simple step-by-step instructions for writing an interesting and engaging informative essay. You’ll also get to read helpful examples and tips you can follow to make your essay even better!
Let’s dive in!
Informative Essay Definition
The informative essay can be simply defined as,
âA form of essay writing that aims to educate and inform the reader about a specific topic.â
Informative essays can cover a variety of topics. It could be written about a particular thing, event, or natural phenomenon, etc.
This type of essay highlights the objective facts and evidence without reflecting the writerâs subjective point-of-view about the topic.
What is the Purpose of an Informative Essay?
An informative essay presents objective and verifiable information about a topic. It relies on factual evidence and reliable sources.
The main goal of writing an informative essay is to;
- Inform the reader about something.
- Explain a particular subject.
- Transmit verified knowledge clearly and concisely.
Types of Informative Essay
There are several types of informative essays, and each type has its own purpose and style. Here are some of the informative essay types that you need to know.
- Descriptive Essay
A descriptive essay is an essay that describes something about an event, person, place, or idea in detail. The descriptive essay aims to provide enough information to the readers to visualize or imagine the matter described.
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- Cause and Effect Essay
The cause and effect essay describes the cause of an event or idea and then explains its effects on todayâs world and people. Also, this type of essay is a common form of organization in academic writing.
However, the cause-and-effect essay requires strong research skills. Without them, your essay will not become a successful piece of writing.
- Compare and Contrast Essay
In a compare and contrast essay, the writer discusses the similarities and differences between two or more things. This type of essay also requires strong critical thinking skills.
Therefore, when you start writing the compare and contrast essay , you should identify and analyze the subject from all angles and characteristics.
- Process Essay
The process essay is also known as the âHow-Toâ essay. This essay provides information about how a process occurs or about the process of doing something.
- Problem-Solution Essay
A problem-solution essay is another common type of informative essay in which you describe a problem and then propose its solution. Its main purpose is to educate the readers on the problem and its significance.
Looking for more information? Visit our problem-solution essay guide and learn to write perfect problem solution essays.
- Expository Essay
The expository essay explains, illustrates, or interprets something in a way that becomes easy for the readers. This essay provides a fair analysis of the subject based on facts without the writerâs opinions.
Here is a simple video that explains informative writing:
How to Start an Informative Essay?
Before you can start writing, you have to do some âprewriting.â Here are the steps involved in prewriting:
- Brainstorm Ideas
Brainstorming is the first step in writing any type of essay. Here, you brainstorm several topic ideas and generate a list of potential topics.
So think about all the possible ideas that are related to your interest and subject. This will help you choose an interesting topic for your essay.
- Choose a Topic
Choosing the right topic is essential for writing a great essay. A good topic will not only make your writing process easy but also make the research phase interesting.
So choose a topic you can easily write about and support it with facts, evidence, and statistics. In short, the topic should be interesting and easy to research.
- Know Your Target Audience
Your audience determines the style and tone of your essay. Consider who will be reading your essay and what their background, knowledge, and interests might be.
For instance, if you are writing for school children, your language should be simple, easy, and interesting. Meanwhile, writing for a professional audience requires you to use technical terminology and jargon.
So always think about who you are writing for and determine your audience before proceeding.
- Do the Research
You have to do some research to gather information for your essay. Make sure the information that you collect is reliable and accurate.
Use a variety of sources for research, including research articles, books, documentaries, etc. You should also take detailed and organized notes to keep track of the information you find, so you can use it later.
- Create an Outline
An essay outline helps the writer keep their focus strong and narrow. With the help of an outline, you will easily organize your thoughts and ideas.
So create an outline of your essay to lay out a structure.
Donât know how to make an informative essay outline? Donât worry, read on to find out.
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Informative Essay Outline
Crafting a well-structured essay involves planning what points to include and how it all ties together. Creating an outline is the best way to ensure that your work is well-structured.
An informative essay outline is outlined in the following way:
Letâs discuss these outline parts in detail.
- Start with a captivating hook that grabs the reader's attention. It could be an intriguing fact, a relevant quote, or a thought-provoking question.
- State your thesis statement . It is the last part of the introduction that clearly presents the main idea or argument of your essay. It should reflect the informative nature of your essay and guide the reader on what to expect.
- Divide the body of your essay into several paragraphs. Each paragraph should focus on one specific aspect or subtopic related to your main thesis.
- Start each paragraph with a topic sentence that introduces the main point of that paragraph.
- Analyze and discuss your supporting evidence. They could be examples, facts, or statistics that provide informative content.
- Summarize the main points covered in your essay.
- End with a thought-provoking statement, a call to action, or a suggestion for further exploration of the topic.
Here is an example outline template that you can use to write your informative essay outline
Informative Essay Outline Template
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How to Write an Informative Essay?
Once you have done the prewriting, you have got everything you need to start. Following the steps below will help you write a great informative essay.
How to Write an Informative Essay Introduction?
The introduction of an essay sets the tone of the essay and provides an overview of the topic. Here are some key elements you need to include when writing an informative essay introduction:
- Attention-Grabber / Hook:
The hook is the first line of the essay that aims to pique the readersâ interest. This can be:
- An interesting fact,
- A thought-provoking question,
- Or a compelling anecdote related to your topic, etc.
The hook should be related to your topic and should be engaging enough to grab the reader's attention.
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- Background Information:
After grabbing the readerâs attention, you have to them to your topic. Discuss some background details on the topic to provide context.
Also, discuss the relevance or importance of the subject matter. This helps the reader understand the significance of the information you're about to present. Moreover, use clear and concise language to provide essential and interesting details to make the reader want to continue reading.
- Thesis Statement:
The thesis statement presents the main topic or idea of the essay in a concise and clear way. It provides an overview of what will be covered.
The thesis statement is the last part of the introduction. It should be specific, focused, and encompass the main ideas you'll be discussing in the body of the essay.
How to Write an Informative Essay Body Paragraphs?
The body paragraphs are the major chunk of your essay. They provide all the information about your chosen topic. There should be at least three body paragraphs in your essay, although there can be more depending on your topic.
Here are the key elements of the informative essay body paragraphs:
- Topic Sentence
Begin each body paragraph with a clear topic sentence that introduces the main point you will be discussing in that paragraph. It is the first sentence of the paragraph and should be clearly related to the thesis.
- Provide Information and Evidence
In an informative essay, information and evidence should be presented clearly and logically. So present the facts, examples, statistics, or quotations that inform the reader about the topic. This information should come from reliable and credible sources.
- Discuss and Elaborate
After presenting the evidence, explain and discuss them to ensure a thorough understanding of the information. Clarify any complex terms, concepts, or ideas that may require explanation for understanding the topic effectively.
- Use Transitional Phrases:
Use transitional phrases or sentences to connect paragraphs and ideas. This helps maintain a cohesive flow of information throughout the essay.
For instance, transitional words such as "moreover," "furthermore," "on the other hand," or "in addition to" can be used to link ideas logically.
Having a difficult time with smooth transitions? Here’s a list of transition words for essays to help you out!
How to Write an Informative Essay Conclusion?
In an essay conclusion , you wrap up the essay and provide a sense of closure. Writing the informative essay conclusion includes the following steps:
- Summarize the Main Points:
Revisit the main points covered in your essay's body paragraphs and provide a concise summary of the information presented. Do not introduce any new information or arguments in the conclusion.
- Restate your Thesis Statement
Begin your conclusion by restating your thesis statement in a slightly different way. This helps remind the reader of the main objective of your essay.
- Provide a Thought-Provoking Statement:
End your conclusion with a thought-provoking statement, reflection, or question that leaves a strong impression on the reader. This can help inspire them to continue exploring the topic beyond your essay.
Edit and Proofread the Essay
Once you are done with your first draft, take some time to proofread and revise you essay. Check for grammar and spelling, format, logical coherence, and clarity. Remove any repetitive statements or unnecessary details.
Revising your essay will make it even better and more interesting to read.
Informative Essay Examples
Reading some good examples will make writing an informative essay easier for you. Here are a few short informative essay examples that demonstrate how it looks like. Be sure to read them out.
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Informative Essay Topics
A good essay topic is a key to a successful essay. Here are a few ideas that will get you inspired:
- The Benefits of Regular Exercise
- The Importance of Recycling
- The Process of Photosynthesis
- What was the Big Bang?
- The History of the Internet
- How did the Dinosaurs go extinct?
- The Benefits of Meditation
- The Impact of Climate Change on Ecosystems
- The Role of Technology in Education
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To Sum Up,
This guide introduced everything you needed to start writing an informative essay. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can confidently embark on your informative writing journey.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What should be included in an informative essay.
Here are some points that should be included in an informative essay.
- Thesis statement
- Strong evidence
What is the main topic of an informative essay?
The main topic of an informative essay is to educate the readers on a specific topic.
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See our collection of informative essay examples. These example essays are to help you understanding how to write this type of papers. An informative essay is a form of writing that teaches the reader about a topic in an unbiased manner. Typically, this type of essay will include an introduction, a few body paragraphs, and a conclusion. There are many uses for an informative essay. For example, it may be used to inform readers about a product, a process, a person, or an event.
At the stage where you’re writing an essay outline, your ideas are probably still not fully formed. You should know your topic and have already done some preliminary research to find relevant sources , but now you need to shape your ideas into a structured argument.
Look over any information, quotes and ideas you’ve noted down from your research and consider the central point you want to make in the essay—this will be the basis of your thesis statement . Once you have an idea of your overall argument, you can begin to organize your material in a way that serves that argument.
Try to arrange your material into categories related to different aspects of your argument. If you’re writing about a literary text, you might group your ideas into themes; in a history essay, it might be several key trends or turning points from the period you’re discussing.
Three main themes or subjects is a common structure for essays. Depending on the length of the essay, you could split the themes into three body paragraphs, or three longer sections with several paragraphs covering each theme.
As you create the outline, look critically at your categories and points: Are any of them irrelevant or redundant? Make sure every topic you cover is clearly related to your thesis statement.
Order of information
When you have your material organized into several categories, consider what order they should appear in.
Your essay will always begin and end with an introduction and conclusion , but the organization of the body is up to you.
Consider these questions to order your material:
- Is there an obvious starting point for your argument?
- Is there one subject that provides an easy transition into another?
- Do some points need to be set up by discussing other points first?
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Within each paragraph, you’ll discuss a single idea related to your overall topic or argument, using several points of evidence or analysis to do so.
In your outline, you present these points as a few short numbered sentences or phrases.They can be split into sub-points when more detail is needed.
The template below shows how you might structure an outline for a five-paragraph essay.
- Thesis statement
- First piece of evidence
- Second piece of evidence
- Importance of topic
- Strong closing statement
You can choose whether to write your outline in full sentences or short phrases. Be consistent in your choice; don’t randomly write some points as full sentences and others as short phrases.
Examples of outlines for different types of essays are presented below: an argumentative, expository, and literary analysis essay.
Argumentative essay outline
This outline is for a short argumentative essay evaluating the internet’s impact on education. It uses short phrases to summarize each point.
Its body is split into three paragraphs, each presenting arguments about a different aspect of the internet’s effects on education.
- Importance of the internet
- Concerns about internet use
- Thesis statement: Internet use a net positive
- Data exploring this effect
- Analysis indicating it is overstated
- Students’ reading levels over time
- Why this data is questionable
- Video media
- Interactive media
- Speed and simplicity of online research
- Questions about reliability (transitioning into next topic)
- Evidence indicating its ubiquity
- Claims that it discourages engagement with academic writing
- Evidence that Wikipedia warns students not to cite it
- Argument that it introduces students to citation
- Summary of key points
- Value of digital education for students
- Need for optimism to embrace advantages of the internet
Expository essay outline
This is the outline for an expository essay describing how the invention of the printing press affected life and politics in Europe.
The paragraphs are still summarized in short phrases here, but individual points are described with full sentences.
- Claim that the printing press marks the end of the Middle Ages.
- Provide background on the low levels of literacy before the printing press.
- Present the thesis statement: The invention of the printing press increased circulation of information in Europe, paving the way for the Reformation.
- Discuss the very high levels of illiteracy in medieval Europe.
- Describe how literacy and thus knowledge and education were mainly the domain of religious and political elites.
- Indicate how this discouraged political and religious change.
- Describe the invention of the printing press in 1440 by Johannes Gutenberg.
- Show the implications of the new technology for book production.
- Describe the rapid spread of the technology and the printing of the Gutenberg Bible.
- Link to the Reformation.
- Discuss the trend for translating the Bible into vernacular languages during the years following the printing press’s invention.
- Describe Luther’s own translation of the Bible during the Reformation.
- Sketch out the large-scale effects the Reformation would have on religion and politics.
- Summarize the history described.
- Stress the significance of the printing press to the events of this period.
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The literary analysis essay outlined below discusses the role of theater in Jane Austen’s novel Mansfield Park .
The body of the essay is divided into three different themes, each of which is explored through examples from the book.
- Describe the theatricality of Austen’s works
- Outline the role theater plays in Mansfield Park
- Introduce the research question : How does Austen use theater to express the characters’ morality in Mansfield Park ?
- Discuss Austen’s depiction of the performance at the end of the first volume
- Discuss how Sir Bertram reacts to the acting scheme
- Introduce Austen’s use of stage direction–like details during dialogue
- Explore how these are deployed to show the characters’ self-absorption
- Discuss Austen’s description of Maria and Julia’s relationship as polite but affectionless
- Compare Mrs. Norris’s self-conceit as charitable despite her idleness
- Summarize the three themes: The acting scheme, stage directions, and the performance of morals
- Answer the research question
- Indicate areas for further study
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Even when you do not have to hand it in, writing an essay outline is an important part of the writing process . It’s a good idea to write one (as informally as you like) to clarify your structure for yourself whenever you are working on an essay.
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- Choose a topic: Yes, choose a topic . When we write any type of essay, we always have to choose a topic we can talk about. A topic you are familiar with so that it would be easy for you to talk about it in your speech. Do some research. The second step would be to:
- Make a draft: Making drafts for your essay is not a waste of time. Rather, it helps you gather your thoughts and to make some adjustments here and there. Making a draft is actually important because this helps you see what you should talk about and how to draw your audience in. Speaking of audience, the next thing you need to do is:
- Know your audience: Get to know your audience. Are your audience members young, teens or adults? If you are familiar with your audience, writing the informative essay for your speech would be a breeze. This is important since you have to be careful how you word your speech. To some it may sound simple, but to others it may sound rude.
- Tone: In any writing style, know your tone. Be careful, do not sound too arrogant with the information. Nor do you sound like you are not sure. Be professional.
- Explain your topic
- Cite some good sources
- Give information about stress
- Compare and Contrast
- Do some research : Yes, you read that right. Researching on a topic you want to talk about would be very helpful for you in the long run. As you are writing an informative essay, doing research is also a part of it. You need to place facts and to know if this information is true or false, research.
- Know what you wish to talk about : Understanding your topic can also be helpful in writing essays like this one. Choose a topic that you are interested in as well as familiar with.
- Short but direct : Do not make your essay too long or too short. The range for this short essay must be around 300-500 words. Writing more than that would not be considered a short essay , and writing less than that, would still not be considered. Despite the 500 words maximum, you are still able to write down the information that you need.
- Have fun : Informative essays do not always have to be serious when writing it, you can also add some fun facts to it.
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An informative essay is written to educate readers on a particular topic. This type of essay can be written for several purposes, such as defining a term or comparing and contrasting something. This type of essay doesn’t require your opinion on the topic.
The purpose of writing an informative essay is to educate others on a certain topic. You should not express your opinion and do not try to persuade others to take a certain action.
If you are writing an informative essay for the first time, better create an outline first. The informative essay outline will help you structure your essay in the best way possible.
In this blog, you will learn about the basic rules for creating an informative essay outline. These guidelines and a sample outline are designed to help students get started with their projects successfully.
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What is an Informative Essay Outline?
An informative essay outline is like a checklist or action plan that you need to complete. The outline helps the writer not to lose focus while working on the essay. Creating an outline is not necessary, but expert writers recommend it. An outline is the only way not to get lost in the middle of the writing process.
The purpose of an outline for an informative essay is to highlight ideas that you want to include in your essay.
Writing an outline is important because of the basic structure that it provides. In addition, the outline should contain some specific details regarding the layout of the essay. Creating an outline prior to the essay writing process is the key to writing a successful essay.
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How to Write an Informative Essay Outline?
The layout of an informative essay is similar to other types of academic essays. These include argumentative essays, persuasive essays, narrative essays, etc.
The outline for an informative essay should include an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Understanding what to include in each part of the informative essay is very important for a successful informative essay.
Informative Essay Introduction
Any idea how to start an informative essay?
Remember this is the section where you need to introduce your topic and provide a thesis statement. In a few lines, introduce the topic you are writing your essay on and provide some background information.
The introduction should end with a strong thesis statement. This statement should tell the audience what direction your essay is going to take. Therefore, make sure the thesis statement is brief, clear, and concise.
Tips for Writing an Effective Introduction:
- Make sure to narrow down the scope of your essay.
- There must be a connection between your introduction and thesis statement.
- Hook your readers at the start of your introductory paragraph.
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Informative Essay Body Paragraphs
The main body of an informative essay is usually composed of three paragraphs. There are two things that you should consider while composing the body paragraphs of an informative essay. One is the target point, and the second is supporting facts.
Each body paragraph of an informative essay should begin with an idea (topic sentence). This is one sentence statement on which the whole paragraph will be based on. This statement must be in cohesion with the thesis statement written in the introductory paragraph.
After that, provide supporting evidence from the most credible sources. The evidence you provide must relate to your main target point. Don’t forget to quote sources and properly cite information to avoid plagiarism.
At the end of each body paragraph, summarize your points and explain their relevance to the thesis statement. Effective body paragraphs for an informative essay depend on the following points.
- Making a claim
- Evidence in support of the claim
- Provide an explanation in the last
The informative essay can have more than three body paragraphs depending upon the chosen topic.
Tips for Effective Body Paragraphs:
- Do not provide your opinion or point of view on the topic.
- Completely rely on facts and research.
- Discuss the strongest point in the first body paragraph.
- Don’t forget to use transition words for a smooth flow of information in your body paragraphs.
Informative Essay Conclusion
This is the last part where you need to wrap up your information. Begin the conclusion by restating the thesis statement. After that, write about your major arguments and their purpose. The goal of the conclusion is to provide the reason for your informative essay and its importance in the real world.
The conclusion should describe the purpose of your informative essay and what it means for your readers. You should summarize your key arguments and provide a strong closing statement to summarize all your key points.
Tips for a Strong Conclusion:
- Highlight the key points of your argument.
- Do not introduce any new ideas in the conclusion.
- Restate the thesis in other similar words and terms.
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Most of the essay outline contain the same elements. But each essay outline has particular points that you need to focus on. It is important to be well-aware of the distinctive features to come up with a good informative paper.
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Informative essays provide information to the readers by free essay writers . The essays can be on any topic but should be clear and concise. The facts in informative essays should be presented logically and with appropriate supporting evidence.
In writing informative essays, avoid using technical words and phrases that might confuse your readers. Instead, explain technical terms by providing their meanings and uses. Remember that your readers will not know anything about your topic, so you must provide some background information.
Using the active voice helps maintain a clear subject-verb relationship in your sentences. The active voice generally makes sentences clearer, shorter, and easier to read. You may also consider using short sentences or bullet points in an informative essay. This will help ensure that your main points are easy for your readers to find and follow.
In general, summarize each paragraph after you have finished writing it. Remember to provide background information about your essay topic so readers can understand it.
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Structure of an Informative Essay
There are three main parts to any informative essay:
- An introductory paragraph that summarizes the main ideas;
- Body paragraphs- Two or more paragraphs that develop those ideas with examples, details, explanations, and quotations;
- A concluding paragraph restates the main ideas and adds a thought that follows them.
All three essential parts of an essay are important. If you omit any of them, your informative writing will be weaker.
The concluding paragraph is the most important part because it summarizes what you have said. Readers will likely stop reading your essay if you don’t have a good summary. But all three parts are essential to holding together an essay as complex as an informative essay.
The thesis statement should clarify the main point of the essay. A brief background on the topic can be provided by starting with an interesting fact. This should be followed by an interesting anecdote or quotation related to your chosen topic. The introduction should introduce the essay’s main points, not just summarize what will come later.
2. Body Paragraphs
Each body paragraph should discuss one central point and include three parts:
a. A concise statement about why this point is important;
b. A piece of evidence that supports this point; and
c. Discuss how this evidence proves your point (this can also be called a thesis sentence).
d. A transition sentence that connects the paragraph with the previous paragraph. Please consider the themes and how they relate to the thesis statement.
The conclusion should restate your main points, include a relevant quote, and briefly summarize your argument.
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How do I Write an Informative Essay?
Informative essays are longer than other essays and often require a good deal of research. They give facts and details, supporting them with evidence and examples. An informative essay provides readers with information about a certain topic. When writing an informative essay, it is important to consider what information you want to include.
So, how do you write an informative essay? Follow these steps for help:
Step 1: Choose a topic
It would help to begin by choosing a topic you know about or have researched thoroughly. You will want to narrow the essay’s focus to provide detailed information. Consider what aspects of the subject will be most interesting or useful for your audience, and focus on these points. Some topics are broad or general enough to be broken down into more specific topics.
You must first figure out a topic to write about, especially if your teacher has not specified it.
Also, pick a topic that is neither too shallow nor too broad – the topic should have adequate resources.
Additionally, your topic should be interesting enough to draw a reader’s attention.
It helps a lot to pick a topic you are familiar with.
Looking at essay samples can help you get ideas for your writing.
And a sample will help you grasp the structure and outline of an informative essay.
Step 2: Do some research
The first step is to research and collect information. What you want to do is to find facts that may be of interest to your reader. You don’t have to go out and investigate something new; review the information you already know about a subject.
Step 3: Draft out an outline of your essay.
Create an outline of your paper. An outline will help you ensure everything you want to say is in the proper order in your paper.
Step 4: Write the final essay
Writing an informative paper is easy if you correctly format it. Start your essay with a thesis statement that expresses your opinion on the subject in one sentence. Next, start writing paragraphs that work to prove your thesis.
Be sure to use different supporting examples in each paragraph. In conclusion, summarize your main points and leave the reader with a strong impression of your essay.
Tips for an Informative Essay
- Make a good introduction to grab your reader’s attention and set the tone for the rest of your paper.
- Use brief transitions from one paragraph to the next.
- Use credible sources, such as books, journal articles, magazines, newspapers, etc.
- Include an interesting fact related to the topic sentence or thesis statement in every paragraph. This will keep the reader interested all the way through!
The Don’ts Of Informative Essays
- Write about something you are not familiar with
- Include too much information – analyze your sources and pick only the most relevant points.
- Submit it without someone else proofreading it – we are usually oblivious to our mistakes.
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Choose an interesting and high-quality essay topic that will appeal to many readers.
A list of possible informative essay topics includes:
- The origin of humankind
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- The effects of drug addiction
- Human rights
- Causes of poverty
- U.S. stock market
- Procrastination and its effects
- Architecture in Paris
- History of the Titanic
- World poverty
- Foreign cultures
- Dream Interpretation
- Air pollution
- How to open a bank account
- History of women’s right to vote
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- Understanding the Link Between Cholesterol and Heart Disease
- Reducing Carbon Emissions With Alternative Fuels
- Understanding Your Credit Score
- How to Buy a House
- Defining Poverty in the City of Chicago
- Understanding Geothermal Heating and Cooling
- The Many Cost Savings of Hybrid Vehicles
- How to Donate Blood
- Qualifications for Contractors
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The conclusion of your essay should summarize the information in your main body paragraphs. The conclusion paragraph should take a stand on your topic.
Tell the reader what to think by presenting your conclusions as a logical result of your evidence and analysis. You may want to ensure that you address any counterarguments or difficulties with your argument that your audience might raise.
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It’s Monday afternoon, your informative five-paragraph essay on your favorite animal is due Friday, and you haven’t even started. Don’t worry, I’m here to help! Follow these simple steps to draft the first version of your essay. Once you finish your draft read over it and make any needed changes. Don’t stop there! Have a parent, relative, or friend read over your work. This is an important step because your writing must make sense to others. While your essay may “sound” right to you, it may not be the best way to word it for someone else. Finally, make any edits suggested by your reviewer. BAM you have an informative essay ready to be turned in!
Where do I start?
First, you will have to be familiar with what style your essay needs to be written in: informative, persuasive, or argumentative. Your teacher will determine which essay style is required. For the sake of this example we will focus on informative writing.
So, what is an informative essay? It is an academic paper that’s written with the main purpose of informing the audience about an object, person, event, or phenomenon. Meaning, this type of essay requires you to gather information about your topic. Your goal is to answer the prompt question by explaining the topic in detail.
Second, you must be familiar with your writing prompt. For today’s example the prompt is as follows: Of all the animals wild or domesticated, write about your favorite. Include interesting facts about this animal in your essay.
Ask yourself, what is your favorite animal. I know that seems simple but the point is that you want to write about something that is interesting to YOU. It will make writing your paper less of a chore. For today’s example I’ll be writing about the platypus. If you’re a Disney lover you may be familiar with Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb!
Next, you must determine three reasons why this is your favorite animal. This step may require you to do some research on your animal. During your research ask yourself, what are 3 interesting facts about this animal that some people may not know? Remember, this is an informative essay, so your goal is to teach your reader about your topic.
But how do I “research”?
The research step is fun and can be easy if you know where to look! This is the part that helps you to learn things about your topic—things that you might not have known before. As you find your information be sure to copy the links to where you found the information online or the title and page number of the book that holds the information that you will be using in your paper.
How do I know if I can trust this source?
This first rule in research is to never use wikipedia.com because it can be edited by any person on the internet. So, if you are using the internet to search for information use the library’s very own information databases by going to mytpl.org/reference . Once you are on the library’s reference page select “database by
name” then select “academic search complete.” This will allow you to search through all of the library’s online resources. You can also try using “Google Scholar” at scholar.google.com, it will also give you a wide range of trustworthy sources. Try to stay away from a regular Google or Bing search as it might not give you trustworthy information.
You will need to find more than one source. Your teacher will tell you how many sources are required for your bibliography or works cited page, which will come at the very end of your paper. And remember, don’t worry! I’ll be here to help you with that, too! Usually, you will need at least 3 to 4 reliable sources to list in your bibliography. The more sources you have the better—it shows that you really took your time studying the new information to write your paper.
When can we start writing?
Not so fast! Before we can begin writing we need to put our thoughts down into an outline. This will help you to stay on track and keep your writing organized. This is one of the most important steps in writing. I will first explain how to set up your outline, show you an example, and finally I will show a blank frame that you can fill in with your own information!
Outlining your essay.
To outline your essay, you must remember that this is a 5-paragraph essay which means paragraph one will be your introduction, paragraph two will be your first main point, paragraph three will be your second main point, paragraph four will be your third main point, and paragraph five will be your conclusion. You must also remember that each paragraph must begin with a topic sentence followed by three supporting detail sentences and a concluding or transitioning sentence.
Seems easy enough, right? Take a look at my completed outline example below using today’s example prompt: Of all the animals wild or domesticated, write about your favorite. Include interesting facts about this animal in your essay.
Your outline will keep you organized and it will serve as a place to hold your research. As you find interesting facts or information about your topic add them to your outline. Remember to keep track of where you got your information.
How do I format my essay once it is written?
Your teacher may require you to write in what is called “MLA format.” This is a standard writing format for school papers. You will begin by being sure your margins are one inch (this is standard when you open a new word document). Next, you want to set your line spacing to double, this helps your teacher to read and make corrections to your writing. The font must be size 12, and the font must be Times New Roman. Lastly you will begin your paper with your heading. MLA format states that your four-line heading should be aligned to the left and read as follows: your full name, your instructor’s name, class name, and the date you are turning it in.
After reading through the example outline and example essay, you may find that my outline does not match my essay exactly. This is because as you are transferring your information from outline to essay you must edit—check spellings, reword phrases to make sense, and add transition words where they are needed. Also, a friend was able to review my work and found a few things I needed to change so that my writing made sense. Remember, your outline is just your frame to keep your information organized. It is OK to change it or reword things as you begin working on your draft.
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- the use of categories to point out the where the terms fit as comparison to others; and
- the use of negation, this enables the reader to comprehend the term as seeing what it is not.
- Introduction. The first part that is used to present the topic.
- Body. This is the bulk of the essay as it contains all of the important facts and claims of the writer of the essay.
- Conclusion. It summarizes the whole essay and points out lessons or benefits that s gained with learning about all the facts given.
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What Is an Informative Essay
Have you ever wondered what is an informative essay? Well, wonder no more! An informative essay is a type of academic writing that aims to educate the reader about a particular topic. It's not meant to express opinions or persuade the reader but rather to provide objective information and facts.
Informative essays can cover a wide range of topics, from the history of the Internet to the benefits of meditation. They can also be written in different styles, such as descriptive, compare and contrast, cause and effect, or even narrative.
One of the great things about informative essays is that they can be a fun and interesting way to learn about a new subject. They often require research, meaning you get to explore a topic in-depth and learn things you never knew. And, because they are objective in nature, you can be sure that the information you are getting is accurate and reliable.
If you're looking for informational topics to write about, it's important to remember to keep it factual and unbiased. You want to provide the reader with as much information as possible so they can make their own informed decisions.
In conclusion, an informative essay is a type of academic essay writing that seeks to educate the reader about a particular topic. They can cover a wide range of subjects and be written in different styles. So, if you're looking to learn something new, why not try exploring our topics for informative essays?
Meanwhile, let's find out how to choose the best topics for informative essays in the following section.
How to Choose Informative Essay Topics
Choosing the right informative essay topic is essential for crafting an engaging and insightful piece. The topic should be interesting, relevant, and informative. So, what is the first step to creating an informative essay? Here are five tips from our custom essay writing service for selecting a great topic for an informative essay:
Identify your interests and passions - Start by brainstorming topics that you are passionate about or have a keen interest in. It can be a hobby, a particular field, or something you have experienced personally. Choosing a topic that you are interested in will make it easier to research and write about.
Research current events and trends - Look for current events or trends that are of interest to you. For example, a new technology, a social issue, or a popular cultural phenomenon. These informational paper topics are often popular and relevant, and there will be plenty of information available to write a comprehensive essay.
Consider your audience - Think about who your audience is and what they might be interested in learning about. Consider topics that are relevant to your audience's age group, interests, and needs.
Focus on a specific aspect of a broader topic - Narrow down broad topics to a more specific aspect that you can focus on in your essay. For example, if the broad topic is climate change, you can focus on the impact of climate change on a particular ecosystem or the effect of a specific policy.
Brainstorm with others - Collaborate with others, such as classmates or colleagues, to brainstorm possible informative essay ideas. Discussing with others can help generate new ideas for informative essay and perspectives on the topic.
By following these tips and exploring a variety of the best informative essay topics, you can create an informative essay that not only informs but also entertains and inspires your readers. Remember to stay creative, curious, and open-minded in your topic selection, and you'll be sure to craft an informative essay that stands out.
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A list of good informative essay topics.
When it comes to writing an informative essay, the topic is everything. Choosing the right topic can make all the difference in crafting a well-researched and engaging piece. However, with so many options out there, it can be challenging to know where to begin. In the following paragraphs, we will explore some good topics for informative essays that can inspire and guide you as you choose the perfect topic for your essay.
From current events and social issues to science and technology, these essay topics for students cover a range of subjects and offer endless opportunities for research and exploration. Whether you are looking to educate, persuade, or simply inform your audience, there is sure to be a topic that will capture your interest and engage your readers. So, let's dive into some great informative essay examples and get started on your writing journey!
Easy Informative Essay Topics
These easy, informative essay topics are great starting points for those who want to write a straightforward and informative essay without getting too complicated.
- How to choose the right pet for your lifestyle
- The benefits of regular exercise for overall health and well-being
- The history and origins of popular holidays, such as Halloween or Valentine's Day
- The importance of recycling and reducing waste in daily life
- The process of making homemade soap or candles
- The impact of social media on communication and relationships
- The benefits of a healthy diet and proper nutrition
- The origins and cultural significance of various superstitions
- The history and importance of voting in democratic societies
- The benefits and drawbacks of using ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft
- The process of baking bread from scratch
- The history and impact of video games on culture and society
- The importance of wearing sunscreen and protecting skin from UV rays
- The benefits of meditation and mindfulness for mental health
- The impact of stress on the body and how to manage it effectively
- The process of planting and maintaining a vegetable garden
- The history and significance of famous landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower or the Great Wall of China
- The impact of music on mood and emotions
- The benefits of learning a second language
- The process of brewing coffee or tea at home.
Informative Essay Topics for Middle School Students
The following informative paper topics are tailored specifically for middle school students and cover a wide range of subjects that are both interesting and relevant to their age group.
- How to save money and manage finances responsibly
- The benefits and drawbacks of technology in the classroom
- The history and significance of the Civil Rights Movement
- The impact of pollution on the environment and human health
- The importance of physical fitness and exercise for children and adolescents
- The process of photosynthesis and its importance in the ecosystem
- The effects of bullying on mental health and well-being
- The importance of good hygiene and handwashing to prevent illness
- The history and significance of the Olympic Games
- The impact of social media on mental health and relationships
- The benefits and drawbacks of homework in education
- The process of creating a healthy meal plan and balanced diet
- The history and cultural significance of different types of music genres
- The effects of video games on brain development and behavior
- The importance of conserving natural resources and protecting the environment
- The history and significance of famous landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty or the Pyramids of Egypt
- The impact of peer pressure on decision-making and behavior
- The benefits of reading and how to develop good reading habits
- The process of creating a successful science fair project
- The history and impact of famous inventors and their inventions.
Informative Essay Topics for High School Students
Here are some great essay topics for high school students. Our college essay writing service recommends conducting thorough research, providing evidence to support your claims, and presenting your findings in a clear and organized manner.
- The effects of social media on mental health and relationships
- The history and impact of the Civil Rights Movement
- The process of writing a successful college application essay
- The benefits and drawbacks of technology in education
- The effects of climate change on the environment and human health
- The process of starting and managing a small business
- The history and significance of different types of art movements
- The impact of globalization on world economies and cultures
- The importance of financial literacy and money management skills
- The process of creating a successful research paper or project
- The history and significance of famous political movements, such as feminism or the labor movement
- The effects of drug and alcohol abuse on mental and physical health
- The benefits and drawbacks of alternative forms of energy, such as solar or wind power
- The history and cultural significance of different types of literature genres
- The impact of mental illness on individuals and society as a whole
- The process of creating and implementing a successful study plan
- The history and significance of different types of philosophical schools of thought
- The benefits and drawbacks of online learning and virtual classrooms
- The effects of sleep deprivation on mental and physical health
- The process of preparing for and taking the SAT or ACT.
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Informative Essay Topics for College Students
Here are some informative essay topics for college students that span a wide range of subjects that will help you in your academic and professional endeavors.
- The impact of social media on modern-day communication and relationships
- The history and evolution of the English language
- The benefits and drawbacks of distance learning and online education
- The process of applying for and securing financial aid for college
- The effects of climate change on global health and the environment
- The history and impact of major political ideologies, such as capitalism or socialism
- The benefits and drawbacks of the gig economy and freelance work
- The process of creating and launching a successful startup company
- The impact of artificial intelligence and machine learning on society and the economy
- The process of writing and publishing a successful book or novel
- The effects of the gig economy and freelance work on the job market and labor laws
- The benefits and drawbacks of socialized medicine and universal healthcare
- The impact of the Internet and digital technology on privacy and security
- The process of creating and implementing an effective marketing strategy
- The benefits and drawbacks of renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind power
- The effects of globalization on world economies and cultures
- The process of preparing for and applying to graduate school.
Fun Informative Speech Topics
These fun, informative speech topics are designed to engage and entertain audiences while still providing informative and educational content.
- The history and cultural significance of comic books
- The science behind the perfect cup of coffee
- The benefits and drawbacks of different types of diets, such as veganism or keto
- The history and evolution of video games
- The process of making homemade ice cream
- The cultural significance of different types of dance styles
- The benefits and drawbacks of meditation and mindfulness practices
- The history and cultural significance of memes
- The process of creating and launching a successful YouTube channel
- The benefits and drawbacks of different types of exercise regimens, such as CrossFit or Pilates
- The history and cultural significance of street art and graffiti
- The process of creating and publishing a successful podcast
- The benefits and drawbacks of different types of travel accommodations, such as hotels or Airbnb
- The history and cultural significance of hip hop music and culture
- The process of creating and performing stand-up comedy
- The benefits and drawbacks of different types of social media platforms, such as Instagram or Twitter
- The history and cultural significance of tattoos and body art
- The process of creating and launching a successful fashion brand
- The benefits and drawbacks of different types of outdoor activities, such as hiking or rock climbing
- The history and cultural significance of the LGBTQ+ community and movements.
Creative Informative Speech Topics
These creative essay topics are designed to spark curiosity and interest in unique and unconventional subjects.
- The science behind lucid dreaming and how to achieve it
- The history and cultural significance of circus arts
- The benefits and drawbacks of different types of alternative medicine, such as acupuncture or aromatherapy
- The history and cultural significance of magic and illusions
- The process of creating and launching a successful mobile app
- The benefits and drawbacks of different types of alternative transportation, such as bicycles or electric cars
- The history and cultural significance of drag culture and performance
- The process of creating and performing spoken word poetry
- The benefits and drawbacks of different types of alternative energy sources, such as geothermal or hydroelectric power
- The history and cultural significance of tarot and divination
- The process of creating and launching a successful e-commerce business
- The benefits and drawbacks of different types of alternative education, such as homeschooling or unschooling
- The history and cultural significance of burlesque and cabaret performance
- The process of creating and publishing a successful webcomic
- The benefits and drawbacks of different types of alternative housing, such as tiny homes or Earthships
- The history and cultural significance of drag racing and motorsports
- The process of creating and performing improv comedy
- The benefits and drawbacks of different types of alternative farming, such as aquaponics or permaculture
- The history and cultural significance of puppetry and marionettes
- The process of creating and launching a successful food truck business.
Extra Ideas for Informative Essay
These unique ideas cover various informative writing topics that can appeal to various interests and tastes.
- The challenges and opportunities of sustainable development in third world countries.
- The history and cultural significance of street food around the world
- The history and cultural significance of folk music around the world
- The benefits and drawbacks of different types of sports supplements
- The impact of technology on education and learning
- The process of creating and publishing a successful graphic novel
- The history and cultural significance of drag queens and drag culture
- The impact of social media on politics and elections
- The history and cultural significance of punk rock music
- The benefits and drawbacks of different types of home automation technology
- The impact of artificial intelligence on the job market
- The history and cultural significance of Japanese anime and manga
- The benefits and drawbacks of different types of vegetarian diets
- The impact of technology on personal privacy
- The benefits and drawbacks of different types of dating apps
- The impact of social media on body image and self-esteem
- The benefits and drawbacks of different types of online shopping platforms
- The impact of technology on the music industry
- The history and cultural significance of modern art movements.
- Positive and negative effects of working from home
Informational Paper Topics about Sports
These informative essay topic ideas cover a broad range of sports-related subjects that can be explored in an informative paper.
- The psychological benefits of exercise for mental health
- The history and evolution of basketball
- The impact of sports on child development and education
- The history and evolution of football
- The impact of technology on sports performance and training
- The history and evolution of soccer
- The benefits and drawbacks of different types of sports drinks
- The impact of social media on sports and athletes
- The history and evolution of baseball
- The benefits and drawbacks of different types of sports equipment
- The impact of sports on community development and social cohesion
- The history and evolution of tennis
- The benefits and drawbacks of different types of sports injuries and treatments
- The impact of sports on tourism and local economies
- The history and evolution of gymnastics
- The benefits and drawbacks of different types of sports psychology techniques
- The impact of sports on gender and identity
- The history and evolution of the Olympic games
- The benefits and drawbacks of different types of sports performance-enhancing drugs.
The Final Thoughts
In conclusion, selecting a topic for an informative essay can be challenging, but choosing a subject that is engaging, informative, and relevant to the target audience is crucial. Whether you are writing for high school, college, or professional audiences, there are endless possibilities for informative essay topics. Now that you understand what is the purpose of an informative essay, you must know that the key is to identify a topic you are passionate about, conduct thorough research, and present your findings in a clear and organized manner.
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Writing an Informative Essay: Definition and Purpose
Knowing how to write an informative essay entirely is key to unlocking other essay types. Let us explore how we can do this painstakingly.
Probably today, you might have been browsing, "what is informative writing," and that is why you are here, looking at the informative college essay examples . It is an academic paper aimed at informing a target audience about a particular phenomenon, person, event, or object.
The information essay aims to explain the topic in detail. In such cases, the presumption is that the readers know nothing at all or limited information on the subject. A perfect example of such an informative piece would be informing the public about handwashing techniques.
When writing an informative essay, the following should be paramount throughout the paper:
- Identify a particular topic
- Explain the topic using specific examples
- Give professional definitions
- Show the main ideas using specific particular words
Let's explore the process of writing an informative paper with ease:
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Now, just by the click of a mouse, you are sure of landing on thousands upon thousands of informative essay examples. However, the effectiveness of using these examples depends on the background of the informative article topic. That is what we are diving into in a moment. Stick with me now.
The Outline of an Informative Paper
1. Choosing a Topic
Many online articles on this essay tend to overlook this critical part. However, we are keen on details, and that is why we would like to cultivate the same mindset in you.
For such an essay to be as informative as possible, the reader should see it from the word go. The topic plays this role. Your informative essay topic should be one you can easily find information about and of interest to the reader. If the problem doesn't seem helpful to the reader, then he/she will throw your paper where it belongs – the bin!
2. The Introductory Paragraph
After creating an appetite for the reader by your topic, the introduction needs to present the problem and grab your audience's attention. Here is a quick way of knowing what you need to on the first paragraph of your informative essay:
- Start with a general idea
- Give some background information
- Foreshadow what you are going to tackle in the body
- Finish with a clear and precise thesis statement
Thoroughly research all pertinent details pertaining to your subject.
3. The Body
Your readers should be able to get all their questions, doubts and fears answered in this part. Therefore, make sure that all the necessary information and materials are available to your reader in the body. You should sufficiently inform your audience using:
- A variety of credible sources, facts, and expert insights
- Accurate statistics
- Organized and logical examples
Do not leave out any detail. Remember, the topic might be new to some, and those "little details" might be further to them.
4. The Conclusion
End your informative piece by restating the critical nature of the topic and give a summary on both sides of the argument. The primary purpose of your conclusion is to bring together your information in one or two sentences. Therefore, be creative and as unique as possible to achieve this.
Now, this is important:
An informative essay should not be confused with a persuasive essay. Objectivity and impartiality are the critical features of this essay.
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- Do not go for a broad topic
- Choose a topic that is relevant to society
- Check on repetition and inconsistency
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