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Informative writing

  1. 1. Informative Writing
  2. 2. Your goalsTo inform, aka present informationTo do so in an unbiased manner To use resources that are reliable and scholarly To be clear and organized
  3. 3. The Golden Rule: Omitting youropinion does not give you permission to be boring
  4. 4. Some interesting topics from previous classesHow the significance of zombie movies has changed over the years; metaphoric meaning and social significance
  5. 5. China: Electronic Recycling & the Environment
  6. 6. Is multi-tasking physically possible?
  7. 7. Is addiction agenetic disease?
  8. 8. PurposeTo inform To raise awareness To educate
  9. 9. Audience
  10. 10. Pre-read on your topic Formulate questions
  11. 11. Keep your focus narrow!
  12. 12. Helpful resources for organizing, backing up and (sometimes) citingwww.zotero.orgwww.evernote.comwww.dropbox.comwww.delicious.comwww.diigo.com
  13. 13. Organizing your notes…
  14. 14. Using Index Cards or Post-It Notes
  15. 15. TheDetailedOutline
  16. 16. Lists and Notes R eF fa lc et cs t i o n s
  17. 17. Organize YourNotes to AddCoherence to Your PaperLike ideasgroupedtogether.
  18. 18. StructureIntroduction paragraph with thesisstatementBody paragraphs with supportConclusion with unique and engagingrestatement of thesis
  19. 19. Organization can also be logical.By date or time By order of importance
  20. 20. Spatially according to how things fit together in physical space; i.e., where one thing exists in relation to anotherExamples:The US’s place in the world marketThe revitalization of King Street in Lancaster City
  21. 21. Categorically I. Red Wines A. European EBy Definition X Bordeaux Burgundy A Chianti M B. Californian P Cabernet Sauvignon Pinot Noir L ZinfandelBy Theme E II. White Wines A. European Bordeaux Burgundy Mosel B. Californian Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay Riesling
  22. 22. ContextuallyBy compare and contrast or historical vs. contemporary I. Cost of Tuition A. Two-year B. Four-year II. Quality of Education A. Two-year B. Four-year III. Educational Programs A. Two-year B. Four-year
  23. 23. Support: Use a variety of types
  24. 24. ToneConfident Academic Professional
  25. 25. Careful of word choices that might indicate opinion or stance
  26. 26. REMINDER:Keep youropinion toyourself!

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