Where do you find language that informs?
•Bullying incident in school.
•Testing a new product.
•Details from a meeting or a debate.
Writing to inform is __unbiased __and does not give a point of view.
It can be very ‘dry’ to read and it is often uninspiring. It is very __factual. __
However, you will be asked in this exam to write with a purpose.
All your information must stem from the __non-fiction __texts. You will be assessed by how well you include this factual information.
When you are ‘writing to inform’, you must consider:
Are you providing the right amount o_f _detail? Remember your audience and what they need or want to know!
Are the details, whether facts or opinions, relevant and clear?
Have you answered the big questions: who, what, where, when, how and why? Remember that it is a factual account and not an opinion piece.
How should you write?
|Feature to be included||What does it mean?||What is an example?|
|Information should usually be given in the present tense.||Give information about what is happening now so use; it is, they are, we will.||Shoppers now spend £1.6 billion a year on plastic products.|
|Use third person format.||John, Susan, he, she, they||John Donald buys non-plastic items for health reasons.|
|Information is supported by facts.||Facts are thing that can be proved often shown by numerical evidence.||There are 400 different types of plastic.|
|Use impersonal voice when writing to inform||Do not speak to the reader by using you or we. Avoid giving personal opinions e.g. I think…||Recycling occurs in the UK.|
|Give a clear introduction||Use who, what, when and where in your intro|
|The structure should be organised.||Paragraphs should have sub-headings and begin with a topic sentence.|
Simon Cowell is a TV personality. He has been a judge on television shows, such as ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.
Simon Cowell was born in 1959 in London. He has one child, who is called Eric, with his partner, Lauren Silverman.
__Note how the text is purely factual. It contains no opinions. __
Use the following titles to write your own practice essays:
Write a letter informing your local government of an environmental issue.
Write an email informing a company of a recent problem with a product.
Write a speech to the headteacher informing them of the issues in your school.