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How to Write an Informative Essay

Last Updated: February 14, 2023 Fact Checked

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 fact-checked, ensuring the accuracy of any cited facts and confirming the authority of its sources. This article has been viewed 242,141 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

Step 1 Understand your assignment.

  • 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.

Step 2 Choose a topic.

  • 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.

Step 3 Conduct good research.

  • For best results, try to find online sources from reputable organizations, government agencies, and universities. Google Scholar can be a good place to start.

Step 4 Take notes as you research.

  • 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.

Step 5 Keep track of your sources.

  • 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

Step 1 Plan an introduction with a hook.

  • 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.

Step 2 Use one major supporting detail per paragraph in the body of your essay.

  • 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."

Step 3 Add in supporting details for each paragraph in the body.

  • 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.

Step 4 Restate your thesis in your conclusion.

Writing Your Essay

Step 1 Write a rough draft.

  • 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.

Step 2 Give each paragraph a topic sentence.

  • 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). [11] 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

Step 3 Structure your essay in parts.

  • 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.

Step 4 Edit your rough draft.

  • 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?

Step 5 Write your final draft.

  • 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.

Step 6 Finalize your language.

  • 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.

Step 7 Proofread your final draft.

  • 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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  • ↑ http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/understanding-assignments/
  • ↑ https://library.carleton.ca/guides/help/choosing-essay-topic
  • ↑ https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/subject_specific_writing/writing_in_literature/writing_in_literature_detailed_discussion/conducting_research.html
  • ↑ https://advice.writing.utoronto.ca/researching/notes-from-research/
  • ↑ https://libguides.rio.edu/c.php?g=620382&p=4320145
  • ↑ http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/brainstorming/
  • ↑ https://examples.yourdictionary.com/20-compelling-hook-examples-for-essays.html
  • ↑ https://examples.yourdictionary.com/examples-of-informative-essays.html
  • ↑ https://wts.indiana.edu/writing-guides/paragraphs-and-topic-sentences.html
  • ↑ http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/paragraphs/
  • ↑ https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/revising-drafts/
  • ↑ https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/editing-and-proofreading/

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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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Informative Essay — Purpose, Structure, and Examples

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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

What is informative writing?

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.

How to write an informational essay

How to construct an argument

How to apply for a job

Clarify a concept and offer details about complex ideas.

Purpose of informative essays

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.

Introduction

Background information

Explanation of evidence

Restated thesis

Review of main ideas

Closing statement

Informative essay structure

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.

Informative essay hooks

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.

Informative essay body paragraphs

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:

Informative essay format

formula of informative essay

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

I. INTRODUCTION

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 .
  • Writing Tip : Have a question? Leave a comment below or Purdue Global students, click here to access the Purdue Global Writing Center tutoring platform and available staff.
  • Writing Tip : Ready to have someone look at your paper? Purdue Global students, click here to submit your assignment for feedback through our video paper review service.

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How to Write an Informative Essay: Everything You Need to Know

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Did you know that informative essays are not limited to academic settings? While they are commonly assigned in schools and universities, informative essays also have practical applications in various professional fields. Industries such as journalism, marketing, and public relations often utilize this type of writing to communicate complex ideas, educate the public, and promote products or services. This demonstrates the versatile nature of informative essays and their ability to convey valuable information beyond the classroom setting.

So, if you are looking to write an informative essay, congratulations! You have chosen a genre that is not only interesting but also quite challenging. To ensure the success of your essay, according to our essay writer , you must invest time and effort into thoughtful planning, thorough research, and effective organization. It's key to maintain a balanced tone, provide clear and concise information, and incorporate your own analysis to make your essay stand out.

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Throughout this comprehensive guide, we will explore the definition and purpose of informative essays, highlighting the reasons why you should embrace the art of crafting one. Furthermore, we will provide valuable insights on how to commence and organize your own informative essay format effectively. Without further ado, let us embark on this enriching journey!

What is an Informative Essay: Unraveling the Essence

Informative writing aims to educate readers about a specific topic by presenting accurate and objective information. Whether used in academic settings or published in magazines and online platforms, informative essay examples cover a wide range of subjects and require thorough research and credible sources. This type of essay follows a structured format and considers the intended audience to ensure clarity and engagement. Here are some important facts from our admission essay writing service you should know about this kind of paper:

What is an Informative Essay

  • They are designed to educate or inform readers about a particular topic.
  • The emphasis is on presenting accurate, objective facts and information.
  • They can cover various subjects, from science and technology to literature, history, and culture.
  • They are commonly used in academic settings but can also be found in magazines, newspapers, and online publications.
  • The essays rely on verifiable facts and require extensive research and credible sources.
  • Personal opinions and biases should be avoided to maintain credibility.
  • The essay structure includes an introduction with background information and a clear thesis statement, a body presenting main points and supporting evidence, and a conclusion summarizing the information.
  • The language and tone should be appropriate for the target audience.
  • The level of detail should be adjusted based on the audience's knowledge of the topic.

Reasons to Write an Informative Essay

Writing an informative essay, whether in an IEEE format or any other style, offers an opportunity to share expertise, educate others, and shed light on lesser-known topics. Whether driven by passion, a desire to showcase expertise or a quest for spreading awareness, there are compelling reasons to embark on this writing journey:

  • Share knowledge : Understanding how to write an informative essay allows you to impart knowledge about a specific field or subject. As an expert in psychology, for instance, you could enlighten readers about theories of personality or the impact of stress on mental health. By sharing your expertise, you contribute to increased understanding and awareness of significant issues.
  • Demonstrate expertise : If you are a professional in a particular field like medicine or law, writing this kind of paper provides a platform to showcase your expertise. By articulating your knowledge and skills, you can establish credibility not only within your field but also among the general public.
  • Unveil the unknown : It can be an effective means to present information that is not widely known or understood. For instance, you might delve into a lesser-known historical event or a scientific discovery that has yet to receive widespread attention. By unveiling such knowledge to your readers, you contribute to raising awareness and fostering understanding of significant topics.

How to Start an Informative Essay: Effective Strategies

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the thought of how to write an informative essay? Don't worry; you're not alone! Many students struggle with getting started on their writing assignments. You can either order essay or, with a few helpful tips, you can tackle this task with confidence and ease.

Start an Informative Essay

  • Choose an engaging topic : Select a topic that genuinely interests you, as it will make the writing process more enjoyable and engaging. Additionally, choose a topic you have some knowledge about to write with authority and credibility.
  • Conduct thorough research : Invest time in researching your chosen topic to gather the necessary information for a compelling and essay. Use reputable sources and take detailed notes to ensure accuracy.
  • Determine the purpose of your essay : Clarify the purpose of your essay. Are you explaining a complex concept, analyzing a problem, or comparing and contrasting ideas? Knowing the purpose will help you stay focused and organized throughout the writing process.
  • Create an outline : Use an outline to organize your thoughts and information. Include an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. This structure of an informative essay will provide a clear framework for your paper and make the writing process smoother.

Informative Essay Outline

Many students overlook the importance of creating an outline, yet it serves as a valuable tool for directing research and organizing the structure and flow of an essay. By investing a little more time in crafting an outline, you can significantly reduce the time spent on the actual writing process. To assist you, here is a sample informational essay format from our term paper writing services that can serve as a helpful guide:

I. Introduction

A. Hook or attention-grabbing statement

B. Background information on the topic

C. Informative essay thesis statement that states the main focus of the essay

II. Body Paragraphs

A. Main Idea 1

1. Supporting evidence or facts related to Main Idea 1

2. Explanation or analysis of the supporting evidence

3. Transition sentence to the next paragraph

B. Main Idea 2

1. Supporting evidence or facts related to Main Idea 2

C. Main Idea 3

1. Supporting evidence or facts related to Main Idea 3

III. Conclusion

A. Restate the thesis statement

B. Summarize the main points discussed in the body paragraphs

C. Closing thoughts or final remarks to leave a lasting impression

IV. Optional: Additional Sections

A. Counter Arguments and refutations (if necessary)

B. Further research or recommendations for further reading

C. Personal reflections or real-life examples (if applicable)

Informative Essay Structure

Now that you have an outline and know how to start an essay , it's important to understand how to structure your essay with further elaboration:

  • Introduction : When it comes to writing an informative essay, the first step is to choose a topic that is interesting and relevant to your audience. You should also do some research to gather information and facts that will support your thesis statement. Once you have a clear understanding of your topic, you can start writing your introduction. Your informative essay introduction should provide some background information about your topic and end with a thesis statement that summarizes the main points of your essay.
  • Body Paragraphs : Each body paragraph should focus on a main point and provide evidence to support it. Use examples, statistics, and quotes to strengthen your argument. For example, if you are writing an essay about the benefits of exercise, your first body paragraph could focus on the physical benefits of exercise, such as weight loss, increased muscle mass, and improved cardiovascular health. You could provide evidence from scientific studies or expert opinions to support your argument.
  • Conclusion : Summarize the main points of your essay and provide a concluding thought. Avoid introducing new information in your conclusion. For example, if you are writing about the benefits of exercise, your conclusion should summarize the physical, mental, and social benefits of exercise and encourage your reader to start an exercise routine for a healthier and happier life.

Informative Essay Topics

When writing an informative essay, topic selection is a task more challenging than it may initially appear. Since the objective of such an essay is to provide information about a subject, almost any topic can serve as a suitable choice. However, it is crucial to avoid hastily diving into the first topic that comes to mind. Instead, dedicate time to brainstorming multiple options and conducting preliminary research on each of them. To narrow down a good topic, consider the following guidelines:

How to Choose informative essay topics

  • Avoid excessive breadth : Ensure that the topic is not too broad to allow for a comprehensive explanation within the essay.
  • Steer clear of excessive specificity : Similarly, avoid selecting a topic that lacks substantial information, as it may hinder your ability to present a well-supported essay.
  • Appeal to the audience : Choose a topic that is interesting and relevant to your target audience, as this will captivate their attention and enhance the overall quality of your essay.
  • Personal interest : Opt for a topic that personally intrigues you. When you find the subject matter fascinating, it becomes easier to engage in the research and writing process.
  • Significance of the topic : Ensure that your chosen topic addresses something important, as this will contribute to the overall value and relevance of your essay.

Take sufficient time to generate a strong topic. If you encounter difficulties, consider reviewing some examples to understand the type of information you need to find. Additionally, you can refer to a list of topics for inspiration.

10 History Topics

  • Recounting a Cherished Era: Reflections on a Favorite Period in History.
  • Unveiling the Origins of the English Language: Tracing its Linguistic Development.
  • Unraveling Your Family Tree: An In-depth Analysis of Ancestral Lineage.
  • Echoes of the Ancient Egyptians: Exploring the Auditory Landscape of a Bygone Civilization.
  • Timekeeping Techniques of Ancient Civilizations: Examining Methods and Instruments.
  • Shifting Perspectives: Three Formerly Acceptable Norms Now Regarded as Iniquitous.
  • Tracing the Fascinating History of a European Royal Family.
  • Pre-European Africa: A Glimpse into the Continent's Precolonial Era.
  • The Significance of the Silk Trade Route: Examining its Historical, Economic, and Cultural Impacts.
  • Connecting the Dots: How the Last Mass Extinction Event Paved the Way for Mammalian Dominance.

10 Business Topics

  • Examining the Detrimental Environmental Effects of Global Supply Chains: Three Key Reasons.
  • Unlocking Social Media Marketing Success: Effective Strategies for Maximum Impact.
  • Navigating Entrepreneurship: Identifying the Major Challenges of Starting a Small Business.
  • The Ripple Effect: Exploring the Influence of Government Policy Changes on Business Decision-Making.
  • Expanding Horizons: A Guide to Introducing a Product to a New Market.
  • The Rising Value of Data and Information: Exploring their Transformation into Commodities.
  • Unveiling the Long-Term Implications of Cryptocurrency: Examining its Lasting Impact.
  • The Advantages of Bartering: Assessing the Benefits of the Ancient Trading System.
  • Diverse Regulations: Understanding the Variances in Child Labor Laws Among Countries.
  • Spotting Business Opportunities: Key Strategies for Identifying and Capitalizing on Potential Ventures.

10 Social Topics

  • Addressing the Social Stigma of Mental Disorders: Steps Towards Promoting Understanding and Acceptance.
  • Unveiling the Evolution of Media Censorship: A Historical Perspective.
  • The Impact of Geographic Location on Life Opportunities: Exploring the Connection.
  • The Significance of Jane Goodall: Contributions to Conservation and Primatology.
  • The Phenomenon of Snap Judgments: Understanding the Quickness to Judge Others.
  • Gaining Insights into Humanity through Animal Observation: Lessons from Non-Human Behavior.
  • Unraveling the Effects of the Pandemic on the World's Wealthiest Individuals.
  • Making an Impact: Effective Approaches to Donating for Charitable Causes.
  • Combating Bullying in Schools: Promoting Effective Strategies and Interventions.
  • The Influence of Social Media on Loneliness: Examining the Connection and Implications.

10 Political Topics

  • The French Revolution: Paving the Way for Contemporary Democracy.
  • Exploring the Factors Behind the Increased Political Polarization Worldwide.
  • Understanding China's Rapid Expansion: Key Drivers and Implications.
  • Weighing the Pros and Cons of Different Political Systems.
  • Bridging the Divide: Initiating Conversations with Individuals from Differing Perspectives.
  • Navigating the Path to the Presidency: Steps Towards Becoming the Leader of the United States.
  • Assessing the Ramifications of Another World War on Global Dynamics.
  • Contrasting Liberalism and Conservatism: Key Differentiating Factors.
  • The Ripple Effect: How Elections in a Neighboring Country Impact Your Nation.
  • Portrait of a Political Luminary: Examining the Life and Contributions of an Influential Leader.

10 Education Topics

  • Exploring the Advantages and Disadvantages of Standardized Testing.
  • Enhancing Memory: Strategies to Improve Cognitive Recall.
  • Unveiling the Advantages of Mentor Programs for Personal and Professional Development.
  • The Transformative Power of Higher Education: How Universities Enhance Lives.
  • Empowering Student Choice: The Importance of Allowing Students to Select Their Subjects.
  • Contrasting Educational Systems: A Comparative Analysis of Schooling Approaches Worldwide.
  • Conquering the Toughest Tests: A Look at the Most Challenging Examinations Globally.
  • Bridging the Gap: The Role of Education in Reducing Social Inequality.
  • Crafting an Academic Essay: Guidelines and Tips for Effective Writing.
  • The Vital Role of Restful Sleep in Exam Preparation and Performance.

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What Is an Informative Essay?

An informative essay serves as a comprehensive exploration of a topic, offering explanations in various formats. It can delve into the workings of a system, analyze data, summarize an event, compare subjects, or provide a step-by-step walkthrough of a process. 

In stark contrast to reaction, reflective, and narrative essays, informative essays maintain a strictly objective tone. The level of readers' engagement with a didactic essay should gain factual insights without encountering the author's personal opinions or perspectives.

Why Students Have to Write an Informative Essay?

Writing an informative essay is often required from students for several reasons, each serving distinct educational objectives:

Developing research skills: Essays demand thorough research to gather accurate and relevant information. This process helps students hone their research skills, an essential aspect of academic and real-world endeavors.

Enhancing writing proficiency: Crafting an informative essay requires clear and concise content. Students must communicate complex ideas in a straightforward manner, thereby improving their overall academic proficiency.

Promoting critical thinking: The process of selecting and organizing information for an essay encourages students to think critically. They must assess the significance of various details and present a coherent narrative.

Building communication skills: Informative essays teach students how to communicate effectively. By presenting facts in a structured and logical manner, students enhance their ability to convey information clearly and persuasively.

Preparing for academic challenges: Preparing essays prepares students for more advanced academic tasks. It serves as a foundational exercise, laying the groundwork for future assignments that demand analytical thinking, research, and effective communication.

Fostering lifelong learning: Informative essays often require exploring new topics. This fosters a love for learning and encourages students to engage with a variety of subjects, contributing to their overall education.

Meeting curriculum requirements: Essays are commonly included in academic curricula to fulfill specific learning objectives. They provide a structured way to assess students' comprehension of subject matter and their ability to convey information.

Real-world application: The skills developed through composing informative essays are transferable to real-world scenarios. Effective research, critical thinking, and communication are valuable in various professional settings. Should you need help with this assignment, our essay writers are there for you 24/7.

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Informative Essay Structure

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Introduction

An informative essay introduction always starts with an introductory paragraph. This should feature your thesis statement – a concise overview of your paper’s focus. Unlike persuasive essays, where the thesis supports the author’s position, an essay's thesis is a sentence outlining what the document will cover. Alongside the thesis, introduce the key points of your body paragraphs. Capture your reader’s interest with a compelling statistic, a surprising fact, or an engaging anecdote.

The body paragraphs constitute the core content of your paper. Here, present facts, statistics, and relevant details to support your thesis. Writing an informative essay has to guide the reader through a process. Body paragraphs elucidate each step. Dedicate each body paragraph to a specific topic – summarize events thoroughly for comparisons or explain individual steps for task-oriented compositions.

The conclusion is among the key informative essay requirements. Conclude your piece with a succinct summary of its key points. Consider this a recap of the arguments presented in the body paragraphs. Within this summary, reiterate your thesis statement. While it doesn’t need to be restated verbatim, remind the reader of your primary focus, offering a cohesive conclusion to your written piece.

Informative Essay Outline

Recognizing the often overlooked significance of an outline, students can leverage this tool for efficient research direction and organization. By dedicating a little extra time to crafting a well-thought-out outline, you can substantially streamline the subsequent writing process. Or simply buy essays as many as you need across a wide variety of disciplines on our website. 

I. Introduction

  • Start with a compelling hook or attention-grabbing statement.
  • Provide background information on the chosen topic.
  • Present a clear and concise thesis statement outlining the main focus of the article.

II. Body Paragraphs

A. Main Idea 1

  • Introduce supporting evidence or facts related to Main Idea 1.
  • Provide a detailed explanation or analysis of the supporting evidence.
  • Use a transition sentence to segue into the next paragraph.

B. Main Idea 2

  • Introduce supporting evidence or facts related to Main Idea 2.
  • Offer a comprehensive explanation or analysis of the presented evidence.
  • Use a transition sentence to smoothly transition to the next paragraph.

C. Main Idea 3

  • Introduce supporting evidence or facts related to Main Idea 3.
  • Provide a thorough explanation or analysis of the supporting evidence.
  • Use a transition sentence to guide the reader to the next paragraph.

III. Conclusion

  • Reiterate the thesis statement using a different wording.
  • Summarize the main points discussed in the body paragraphs.
  • Conclude with closing thoughts or final remarks to leave a lasting impression.

IV. Optional: Additional Sections

  • Counter Arguments and refutations (if deemed necessary).
  • Suggest further research or recommend additional reading.
  • Include personal reflections or real-life examples, if applicable.

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Choose a Great Topic

If you're not assigned a topic, it's time to choose your own. Opt for a subject that can be adequately explained in approximately five paragraphs. Once you've settled on a general topic, narrow it down to the specific subject you'll delve into, utilizing the brainstorming process, which often involves some preliminary research.

Do Topic Research

Thoroughly delve into your chosen topic during this phase. Select credible sources that can be cited in your work.

Draw up an Outline

Post-research, construct an outline. This skeletal framework briefly mentions what each paragraph will discuss.

Commence Writing

Follow the structure of your outline and get your thoughts on paper. At this stage, focus on substance over perfect tone or flawless paragraph transitions. Keep your tone objective, educational, and devoid of literary devices.

Edit Vigorously

Once your first draft is complete, take a break before revisiting it, ideally a day later. Assess the effectiveness of your sources, the flow between paragraphs, and the overall topic explanation. Strengthen any weak sections through rewriting, resulting in your second draft.

Proofread Until Perfection

Read through your revised work to catch spelling or grammatical errors. Double-check the accuracy of the facts you cite.

Cite Sources

Complete the process of writing an informative essay by creating a citations page. As this type of essay relies on objective data, credit the sources for statistics and facts consulted. Format your citations page according to the style guide – MLA, APA, or Chicago – used for your paper.

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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! 

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Informative Essay Definition 

The informative essay can be simply defined as,

"A form of essay writing that aims to educate and inform the reader about a specific topic."

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 writer's 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.

Want to know more about descriptive essays? Check out this descriptive essay writing blog to learn more.

  • Cause and Effect Essay 

The cause and effect essay describes the cause of an event or idea and then explains its effects on today’s 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 "How-To" 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 writer’s opinions.  

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How to Start an Informative Essay?   

Before you can start writing, you have to do some "rewriting." 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. 

Don't know how to make an informative essay outline? Don’t worry, read on to find out.

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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:

Let’s discuss these outline parts in detail.

Introduction 

  • 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.

Conclusion 

  • 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

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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 readers’ 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 reader’s 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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Here are some points that should be included in an informative essay. 

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  • Strong evidence 
  • Examples 

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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Exposition is writing that explains, informs, or describes. This type of writing is also known as the informative mode in that the main objective is not to narrate a story or persuade readers of something but rather to convey factual information , including observations and personal/others’ experiences. However, when writing an expository essay, you can include elements from other modes (storytelling, analysis, writer impressions, persuasion, etc.) although these would be secondary aims or even implied. The expository composition is a practical, authentic kind of writing that can stand on its own or serve as the foundation for your more developed research essays.

Key Characteristics

Expository writing generally exhibits the following:

  • Emphasis on facts, observations, or personal/others’ experiences
  • Organization marked by a logical flow or progression of information; chronological, order of importance/priority, or the step-by-step approach are the most common; transitions that guide the reader
  • Close attention paid to detail and description
  • No noticeable writer bias

Essay types within this Chapter

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  • Illustration

Introduction to the General Expository Essay

The following is excerpted from Crystle Bruno’s Commonsense Composition 3.1 Expository Essay

The main aim of an expository essay is to provide an effective explanation of a topic. While a descriptive essay strives to describe a subject or a narrative essay seeks to show personal growth, an expository essay tries to explain a topic or situation. Thus, expository essays are written as if the writer is explaining or clarifying a topic to the reader. Since an expository essay is trying to clarify a topic, it is important that it provides the categories or reasons that support the clarification of the paper. Moreover, these categories and reasons also provide the framework for the organization of the paper.

Components of the expository essay as the parts of a house.

Much like the categories are essential to clarifying the topic, organization is the key to any well-developed essay. When composing your essay, think of its organization as a house, with each component of an essay representing a major part of a house. Just as the foundation provides support on which a house can be built, a thesis represents the foundation upon which to build an essay. The introductory paragraph then functions as both the door and framework for an expository essay. Like a house door, the introductory paragraph must allow the reader to enter into the essay. Additionally, just as walls are built upon the framework of a house, the body paragraphs of an essay are organized around the framework or organizational scheme, presented in the introductory paragraph. The body paragraphs, much like the walls of a house, must be firm, strong and complete. Also, there must always be as many body paragraphs as the framework of the introductory paragraph indicates otherwise your essay will resemble a house that is missing a wall. Finally, an essay must include a conclusion paragraph that tops off the essay much like a roof completes a house. As the roof cements the structure of the house and helps hold the walls in place, the conclusion paragraph must reiterate the points within your body paragraphs and complete an essay.

Although the overall organization of an expository essay is important, you must also understand the organization of each component (the introductory, body and conclusion paragraphs) of your essay. The chart below identifies the essential parts of each component of your essay, explaining the necessary information for each type of paragraph. While the guidelines listed below may feel constrictive, they are merely meant to guide you as a writer. Ultimately, the guidelines should help you write more effectively. The more familiar you become with how to organize an essay, the more energy you can focus on your ideas and your writing. As a result, your writing will improve as your ability to organize your ideas improves. Plus, focusing your energy on your argument and ideas rather than the organization makes your job as a writer more exciting and fun.

Introductory Paragraph:

  • Introduce the issue.
  • Present the topic and its explanation or clarification.
  • Provide the categories used to explain the topic.
  • Provide the thesis statement.

Body Paragraphs:

  • Begin with a topic sentence that reflects an explanation of the paper and the category being discussed in the paragraph.
  • Support the argument with useful and informative quotes from sources such as books, journal articles, etc.
  • Provide 2-3 quotes that connect the category being discussed to the explanation
  • Provide 2-3 sentences explaining each quote more full, drawing stronger connections between the category and the explanation.
  • Ensure that the information in these paragraphs is important to the thesis statement.
  • End each paragraph with a transition sentence which leads into the next body paragraph.

Concluding Paragraph:

  • Begin with a topic sentence that reflects the argument of the thesis statement.
  • Briefly summarize the main points of the paper.
  • Provide a strong and effective close for the paper.

Introductory Paragraphs

A strong introductory paragraph is crucial to the development of an effective expository essay. Unlike an argumentative essay which takes a stand or forms an opinion about a subject, an expository essay is used when the writer wishes to explain or clarify a topic to the reader. In order to properly explain a topic, an expository essay breaks the topic being addressed into parts, explains each component in relation to the whole and uses each component to justify the explanation of the topic. Thus when writing an introductory paragraph, it is crucial to include the explanation or clarification of the topic and the categories or components used to produce this explanation.

Since the success of the paper rests on the introductory paragraph, it is important to understand its essential components. Usually, expository papers fail to provide a clear explanation not because the writer’s lacks explanations or clarifications but rather because the explanations are not properly organized and identified in the introductory paragraph. One of the most important jobs of an introductory paragraph is that it introduces the topic or issue. Most explanations cannot be clarified without at least some background information. Thus, it is essential to provide a foundation for your topic before you begin explaining your topic. For instance, if you wanted to explain what happened at the first Olympic Games, your introductory paragraph would first need to provide background information about how the first games happened. In doing so, you ensure that your audience is as informed about your topic as you are and thus you make it easier for your audience to understand your explanation.

Below is a table describing and explaining the main jobs of the introductory paragraph.

Introductory paragraphs introduce the topic and suggest why it is important.

Example:   An analysis of the essay exam results of the new English class shows that the new class format promotes close reading and better essay organization.

This sentence tells the reader both that the topic of the paper will be the benefits of the new English class and that the significance of these benefits is the improvement of close reading and essay organization.

Introductory paragraphs outline the structure of the paper and highlight the main ideas.

Example:   Considering the results of the High School Exit Exam, it is apparent that school curriculum is not properly addressing basic math skills such as fractions, percentages and long division.

This sentence indicates that main ideas (fractions, percentages and long division) of the essay and indicates the order in which they will be presented in the body paragraphs.

Introductory paragraphs state the thesis.

Example:   California high schools will require all students to take a resume and cover letter writing workshop in order to better prepare them for employment.

This thesis statement indicates the explanation of the paper.

In addition to introducing the topic of your paper, your introductory paragraph also needs to introduce each of the arguments you will cover in your body paragraphs. By providing your audience with an idea of the points or arguments you will make later in your paper, your introductory paragraph serves as a guide map, not only for your audience but also for you. Including your main sub-points in your introduction not only allows your audience to understand where your essay is headed but also helps you as a writer remember how you want to organize your paper. This is especially helpful if you are not writing your essay in one sitting as it allows you to leave and return to your essay without forgetting all of the important points you wanted to make.

Most importantly, when writing an introductory paragraph, it is essential to remember that you must capture the interest of your reader. Thus, it is your job as the writer to make the introduction entertaining or intriguing. In order to do so, consider using a quotation, a surprising or interesting fact, an anecdote or a humorous story. While the quotation, story or fact you include must be relevant to your paper, placing one of these at the beginning of your introduction helps you not only capture the attention or the reader but also introduce your topic and argument, making your introduction interesting to your audience and useful for your argument and essay.

Body Paragraphs

In an expository essay the body paragraphs are where the writer has the opportunity to explain or clarify his or her viewpoint. By the conclusion paragraph, the writer should adequately clarify the topic for the reader. Regardless of a strong thesis statement that properly indicates the major sub-topics of the essay, papers with weak body paragraphs fail to properly explain the topic and indicate why it is important. Body paragraphs of an expository essay are weak when no examples are used to help illuminate the topic being discussed or when they are poorly organized. Occasionally, body paragraphs are also weak because the quotes used complicate from rather than simplify the explanation. Thus, it is essential to use appropriate support and to adequately explain your support within your body paragraphs.

In order to create a body paragraph that is properly supported and explained, it is important to understand the components that make up a strong body paragraph. The bullet points below indicate the essential components of a well-written, well-argued body paragraph.

Body Paragraph Components

  • Support the argument with useful and informative quotes from sources such as books, journal articles, expert opinions, etc.
  • Provide 1-2 sentences explaining each quote.
  • Provide 1-3 sentences that indicate the significance of each quote.
  • Ensure that the information provided is relevant to the thesis statement.
  • End with a transition sentence which leads into the next body paragraph.

Just as your introduction must introduce the topic of your essay, the first sentence of a body paragraph must introduce the main sub-point for that paragraph. For instance, if you were writing a body paragraph for a paper explaining the factors that led to US involvement in World War II, one body paragraph could discuss the impact of the Great Depression on the decision to enter the war. To do so, you would begin with a topic sentence that explains how the Great Depression encouraged involvement in the war because the war effort would stimulate certain aspects of the economy. Following this sentence, you would go into more detail and explain how the two events are linked. By placing this idea at the beginning of the paragraph, not only does your audience know what the paragraph is explaining, but you can also keep track of your ideas.

Following the topic sentence, you must provide some sort of fact that supports your claim. In the example of the World War II essay, maybe you would provide a quote from a historian or from a prominent history teacher or researcher. After your quote or fact, you must always explain what the quote or fact is saying, stressing what you believe is most important about your fact. It is important to remember that your audience may read a quote and decide it is indicating something entirely different than what you think it is explaining. Or, maybe some or your readers think another aspect of your quote is important. If you do not explain the quote and indicate what portion of it is relevant to your clarification, than your reader may become confused or may be unconvinced of your explanation. Consider the possible interpretations for the statement below.

Example:  While the U.S. involvement in World War II was not the major contributor to the ending of the Great Depression, the depression was one of the primary motives for entering the war.

Interestingly, this statement seems to be saying two things at once – that the Great Depression helped spark involvement in the war and that World War II did not end the depression alone. On the one hand, the historian seems to say that the two events are not directly linked. However, on the other hand, the historian also indicates that the two events are linked in that the depression caused U.S. involvement in the war. Because of the tension in this quotation, if you used this quote for your World War II essay, you would need to explain that the significant portion of the quote is the assertion that links the events.

In addition to explaining what this quote is saying, you would also need to indicate why this is important to your explanation. When trying to indicate the significance of a fact, it is essential to try to answer the “so what.” Image you have just finished explaining your quote to someone and they have asked you “so what?” The person does not understand why you have explained this quote, not because you have not explained the quote well but because you have not told him or her why he or she needs to know what the quote means. This, the answer to the “so what,” is the significance of your paper and is essentially your clarification within the body paragraphs. However, it is important to remember that generally a body paragraph will contain more than one quotation or piece of support. Thus, you must repeat the Quotation-Explanation-Significance formula several times within your body paragraph to fully explain the one sub-point indicated in your topic sentence. Below is an example of a properly written body paragraph.

Example of an expository body paragraph paired with an explanation of its parts.

Conclusion Paragraph

The conclusion paragraph of an expository essay is an author’s last chance to create a good impression. Hence, it is important to restate the thesis statement at the beginning of the paragraph in order to remind the reader of your topic and explanation. Since it is at the end of the paper, the conclusion paragraph also should add a sense of closure and finality to the clarification of the paper. It is important to re-emphasize the main idea without being repetitive or introducing an entirely new idea or subtopic. While you can conclude your conclusion paragraph by suggesting a topic for further research or investigation, do not make this question the focus of the paragraph. Thus, you should briefly and concisely reiterate the strongest clarifications of the paper, reminding the reader of the validity of your thesis or explanation and bringing closure to your paper.

You may feel that the conclusion paragraph is redundant or unnecessary; However, do not forget that this is your last chance to explain the significance of your argument to your audience. Just as your body paragraphs strive to present the significance of each fact or quote you use, your conclusion paragraph should sum up the significance of your argument. Thus, you should consider making a bold statement in your concluding paragraph by evoking a vivid image, suggesting results or consequences related to your argument or ending with a warning. Through using these components, you not only make your conclusion paragraph more exciting, but you also make your essay and your argument, more important.

  Review Questions

What are three of the main purposes of an introductory paragraph?

  • What should you never do in an introductory paragraph?
  • How should you refute counterpoints?
  • What is the formula for a well-argued body paragraph?
  • What should you include in a conclusion paragraph? What should never include in a conclusion paragraph?

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How to Write an Informative Essay: Topics, Structure, and Examples

Yeah, we know. Essays. Again.

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We’ve already covered many essay types:  persuasive ,  critical ,  narrative , you name it! The time has come for informative essays to appear on this blog.

What to do if a teacher assigns this type of academic writing? How to write an informative essay so it would be worth getting A+?

Here you’ll find the ultimate guide on writing informative essays, including the tips on choosing a topic, writing an outline, structuring it step by step, and examples to check for better essay writing .

Table of Contents:

  • The structure of an informative essay
  • Choose and research your topic
  • Write an outline
  • Write a rough draft
  • Structure your informative essay
  • Write a final draft and proofread it
  • Topic ideas for informative essays
  • Informative essay examples

What is an Informative Essay?

Informative essays aren’t about your subjective opinion or personal viewpoint. Your goal here is not to persuade a reader but  tell them about a topic:  define a term, analyze data, provide a how-to guide on something, or compare/contrast a subject.

Examples of such writings are textbooks, leaflets, and brochures — texts that inform a reader in a neutral manner. You should write an informative essay in  an objective tone  and avoid the first person pronouns (I, we).

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The purpose of an informative essay is to educate the reader, providing them with facts and clear explanations on the subject. You don’t argue, and you don’t try to persuade; you share terms and data, compare and contrast facts surrounding the subject, describe, explain how to do something, etc.

Your goal is to leave a reader with in-depth information on a topic. They need to feel educated after they’ve read your essay.

Fun fact: You're reading an informative essay on how to write an informative essay. The purpose is to educate you about the process. We share terms and facts, describe, and explain them step by step, willing to provide in-depth information on the issue.

The problem with informative essays is they look like several other essay types: narrative and expository. Some experts even classify them as the same type of writing, though slight differences between all three have a place to be:

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As a rule, students confuse informative essays with  expository ones  because of the same purpose: to educate readers and explain something to them. But:

  • An expository essay defines  a single side of an issue , which looks like the first step to writing an  argumentative essay .
  • In its turn, informative papers are less complicated, requiring less research and focusing on  general info about an issue .

Since a purpose of an informative essay is to present the info and educate a reader, many types of academic papers can relate to it. We’ve already mentioned narrative and expository writings, with core differences between them:

Narrative essays are about personal experiences and viewpoints, and expository essays are more about explaining something, not just providing info about it.

Below are five variations that can be informative essays as long as they just provide info rather than try to persuade a reader about something:

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Five common types of informative essays:

  • Cause-effect essays: give the connection between two things. These essays can be argumentative if you establish cause and effect, but they are informative if you analyze connections.
  • Descriptive essays: tell about a person, event, or situation to make readers imagine it.
  • Process essays: explain how something appeared or how to do this or that thing.
  • Compare-contrast essays: tell about the similarities and differences between two related things.
  • Problem-solution essays: describe a problem and share solutions to it. These essays can be persuasive if you try to represent one solution better than others, but they are informative if you present various possible solutions.

The Structure of an Informative Essay

The structure of your informative essay is not that difficult to remember and follow.

It reminds a standard five-paragraph essay: 

You start with an  introduction , write a few (usually three)  paragraphs  to present the main ideas and support them with evidence and facts, and finish with a  conclusion  summarizing all the claims, restating a thesis, and sharing some final thoughts.

More details:   How to Start an Informative Essay

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  • Introduction:  hook, background, thesis statement.
  • Body:  3 paragraphs, each representing an idea supported with evidence and facts.
  • Conclusion:  the summary of all ideas, restated thesis, and final thoughts on the topic.

In the essay introduction , you hook the audience so they would like to continue reading, provide some background information on the topic, and state a thesis explaining the purpose of your paper.

More details:

  • How to Write a Thesis Statement for an Informative Essay
  • How to Write a Hook for an Informative Essay

In body paragraphs, you tell the audience about some core ideas on the topic. Think about a minimum of three claims to present, and remember to support them with evidence from credible resources for readers to see it’s something they can trust.

Your goal is to provide as in-depth info as possible. After reading your essay, a person should have the impression they’ve learned something new.

In your essay conclusion, wrap up the ideas by restating your thesis and sharing some final thoughts to evoke a sense of closure in readers.

More details:  How to Write a Conclusion of an Informative Essay

How to Write an Informative Essay

Below are your five critical steps to take for writing an A-worthy informative essay. Ensure you don’t miss any; otherwise, your complete paper won’t be as brilliant as it could be:

Choose and Research Your Topic

Of course, your teacher can assign a particular topic for writing an informative essay. In this case, do the following:

  • Ensure you understand a task inside out: Confirm the required length and other topic parameters; know how you need to cite sources; follow the formatting requirements; ensure you know the due date.
  • Conduct research on the assigned topic: Consider reputable sources like academic knowledge bases or publications, university libraries, government agencies, or other .edu resources. Say no to Wikipedia!

However, a common practice today is that a teacher gives students freedom of choice, encouraging them to choose an essay topic themselves. Teachers do that to make your work more enjoyable: After all, it’s easier to write on a topic you love and understand. Plus, it allows a teacher to evaluate a student’s critical thinking, self-reliance, and ability to set priorities.

Choosing an informative essay topic is not as easy as it seems.

The purpose is to provide information about a subject, so you can write about everything that pops into your head. And that’s the problem: How to know your topic is worth considering?

  • Don’t take too broad topics: With tons of information available, it will be impossible to cover everything in one essay.
  • Avoid too specific topics: You won’t find enough facts and references to cover in your essay.
  • Consider topics about some critical issues: social, environmental, technological, etc.
  • Find a topic that’s interesting for you so you’d enjoy the process of research and writing.

P.S. Don’t miss the list of informative essay topics we share in the next section of this blog post for your inspiration!

Write an Outline

Once you have a topic and start researching facts, data, and references for it, do your best to take notes and organize everything in an essay outline .

Feel free to use a sheet of paper or type notes on a computer, but try keeping all the information in one place.

Your essay outline will have the following sections: an introduction, three main paragraphs, and a conclusion. Write down the information you’ll need for every paragraph, including ideas and references you expect to use.

It will be a structured plan for your essay. Once you gather and organize the points into paragraphs, it will be easier for you to write a draft.

More details: How to Write an Informative Essay Outline

Write a Rough Draft

Now that you have a detailed outline as a guide, it’s time to write a draft of your informative essay. Everything you need to do is organize your notes into paragraphs.

Remember that it’s a rough draft, so feel free to start with a conclusion paragraph, the second paragraph of your essay body, etc. Just focus on writing and don’t think about spelling or grammar mistakes — you’ll structurize and proofread everything later.

Structure Your Informative Essay

The next step is about structuring your informative essay in parts. That’s a moment when you need to organize each paragraph according to the rules.

  • Check if your introductory paragraph has a hook, background information, and a thesis statement.
  • Ensure your essay body paragraphs follow the “C-E-E” formula: Each should have a claim (clear idea), evidence, and explanation.
  • Check if you use linking words to build transitions between all the paragraphs.
  • Ensure you summarize all the ideas in your essay conclusion: restate a thesis (remind about the purpose of your essay) and share some final thoughts.

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Write a Final Draft and Proofread It

Finally, edit your informative essay before submitting it to a teacher. Read the draft a few times to ensure you’ve told everything about your topic. Answer the following questions:

  • Do I have a clear thesis statement?
  • Do my essay paragraphs relate to the thesis?
  • Have I covered one main idea, supported by evidence and explanation, in every paragraph?
  • Are there logical transitions between paragraphs? Have I organized them in logical progression?
  • Have I summarized all the thoughts in my essay conclusion?
  • Do I use concise and clear language in my essay?
  • Have I cited all the resources properly?

And last but not least, proofread your essay . Check it for typos, grammar and punctuation mistakes, redundant adverbs, and other inaccuracies that may influence your final grade for this essay.

Topic Ideas for Informative Essays

Make sure you spend enough time coming up with a good topic. As already mentioned, it’s not as simple as it seems:

It’s critical to find a balance between expository and argumentative topics to ensure yours will be about information, not persuasion or mere description.

For example, a topic like “The best way to deal with unemployment” won’t work for informative essays: It presupposes that you’ll introduce some method being better than others, but it’s about persuasion, not mere information already. At the same time, a topic like “Different methods to deal with unemployment” is okay to use.

Or, let’s take a topic like “Why the government should ban single-use plastic.” It’s more about arguments, not information. However, a topic like “An analysis of the connection between single-use plastic and pollution” may work.

If you find it difficult, go through some informative essay examples to understand what kind of information you will have to find, or go through this list of informative essay topics for inspiration!

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Informative Essay Examples

That’s all well and fine, but are there any examples of informative essays to see what they look like?

Below are three informative essays for your consideration:

  • Trends, Troubles, and Tips for the Temple
  • Animal Control
  • Life Begins At 30 

( Note! These samples are for assistance only: Please don’t plagiarize them and don’t copy their parts to use in your own papers. Instead, ask our writers for help – and you’ll get an A-worthy informative essay right away.)

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Informative Essay Guide: Topics, Outline, Examples, Tips

formula of informative essay

When writing an informative essay, you must understand what source of argumentation it stems from. Additionally, you must follow an informative essay format, which has its own peculiarities. You may be familiar with expository essays where the author must investigate and evaluate various evidence. Moreover, the author must provide the argumentation for the stated idea as well. If you study in one of the best colleges for astrophysics , or any other, an informative essay may be the one you write very often.

What Is an Informative Essay?

An informative essay is an academic paper written by high school and college students. This kind of informative writing aims to inform the target audience about a particular object, person, situation, or phenomenon. The purpose is to respond to the main question by explaining the topic in detail. When writing in an informational essay format, imagine the readers do not know anything about the topic in front of them. If possible, use professional terms to explain the topic, but remember to provide meaningful explanations. The definition of informative writing is as follows: The piece must be informative and based on facts. It is not supposed to sway the reader into changing their beliefs or give an opinion.

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Informative writing:

  • based on cold facts, statistics, and scientific evidence;
  • not supposed to give the author’s opinion. ‍
‍ Example: When writing an informative essay about marketing for the audience of students who have no idea of startups and business, try to express the main idea with the help of special words. Great words to use are brainstorming, A/B testing, target audience, customer research, copywriting, etc. Give professional definitions. In some cases, use specific examples to explain the meaning of words.

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Informative Essay Outline

If you don’t know how to write an informative essay outline, don’t worry. It looks much like most of the academic papers. There are three parts in it: an introduction, the body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Also, do not forget to include a list of references at the end of the work. The number of body paragraphs may vary based on your topic, so choose it carefully. In the conclusion of your informational essay, remind the reader of the main idea. Instead of providing a thesis statement in the shape of an argument, you can stress the importance of the issue under consideration. The purpose of an outline for an informative essay is to determine what you are going to talk about and organize your thoughts.

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Example: Imagine that the topic of the informative essay is “ The effectiveness of exercising on coping with stress. ”

Your informative essay outline should look like this:

  • Origin of the problem. This is the main idea of the essay, focusing on the ways exercising helps dealing with stress. Feel free to go into the history of the problem, and in this case, it is especially important to have a thorough introduction. This will let the reader know what is going on and help understand the information you will provide later in the body of the essay.
  • Process. Write about the ways researchers detect what type of exercises help and why. Describe how exactly does it work.
  • Benefits. Describe the advantages of regular exercise using examples from real life.

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Informative Essay Introduction

In this part of the essay, take the time to introduce the problem you are going to discuss. The introduction should not be very long; however, in some cases, there are exceptions, especially if the problem you are discussing is complex and not well known to the general public. The main objective of this section is to provide a background of the topic, write your thesis, and let the essay smoothly transition into the next part, the body.

Informative Essay Body

Use the body part to inform the target audience about the peculiarities of the topic. You have got three paragraphs that you can use to share some interesting facts with your audience. Go into the little known details, or reflect on common knowledge in a new light to intrigue readers. The three integral elements of each body paragraph you must absolutely have are the claim, supporting evidence, and explanation. The principle here is simple, state something and explain why it is so by backing it up with evidence. Be as detailed in your explanation as you can and remember to stay on point.

Informative Essay Thesis Statement

Decide on the clear message your essay will have. Address reasons why the specific problem is important and how to let your audience know about the issue’s significance. Professionals from different writing services agree that a good informative essay thesis should contain a clear message that you can later prove with evidence. Make it in such a way that you can later easily support it. An example of a good thesis is: “Smoking causes three health problems that lead to gradual health deterioration by the age of 40”. To support this thesis, you will have to list the three health disorders and provide information on how each one of them harms people’s health.

Informative Essay Conclusion

As a rule, in conclusion for informative essay, just like for a descriptive essay , you should summarize everything that was mentioned in the text. Sum up all information in the essay and give a short rundown of what you have talked about. This will help the reader to solidify what they have just read in their mind and link all the pieces of your essay together.

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Make sure your conclusion is not far-fetched and does not come “out of nowhere”. Finish your essay by providing a summary of the main points listed in the body of your informative essay. Avoid adding any new information and questions; this may steer your essay off the topic and confuse the reader. Besides, you should have provided all the needed information in the body section of the essay. End your essay in a way that maintains the reader’s interest in the topic you discussed and encourages its further exploration.

Informative Essay Topics

You can find good informative essay examples online on various platforms. In turn, we want to offer you a list of informative essay ideas and topics you can choose from compiled by the writers from our paper writing service . Also, known as ' pay someone to write my essay ' service.

Social Issues Topics

Here are some topic ideas on social issues:

  • The negative effects of gambling on one’s personal and social life.
  • What are the main triggers of eating disorders in humans?
  • The issue of censorship in modern society, arts, and media.
  • The key causes resulting in water pollution.
  • What effects did the global pandemic have on the world and economy?
  • The importance of education in the 21st century.
  • The problem of bullying in today’s schools.
  • Is there a way to prevent and minimize child abuse?
  • The effects of the environmental degradation.
  • The main causes and effects of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Educational Topics

Find below ten great topic ideas for inspiration for writing your own informative essay on education:

  • Higher education in the world’s top universities.
  • The effects of excessive video game use on students’ academic performances.
  • Sports as an integral part of an effective educational program.
  • The role of books in academic research in the 21st century.
  • The key skills that affect a student’s academic progress.
  • How does standardized testing negatively affect a student’s overall performance?
  • Homework during summer vacation.
  • The role of leadership in the classroom.
  • The standard grading system should be eliminated.
  • Summer classes are not as productive as the autumn ones.

Historical Topics

Here are some engaging historical topics for an A-level informative essay:

  • Discuss the concepts of ethics in terms of the Vietnam War.
  • The history and roots of slavery in the United States of America.
  • The key causes of the Civil War.
  • What cultural impact did native Americans have on our society?
  • Analysis of the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.
  • How did the Declaration of Independence change the course of US history?
  • The effects of the Civil Rights Movement.
  • The key controversial points in the 21st-century US foreign policy.
  • Analysis of the interwar period.
  • The influence of industrialization on American social movements.

Business Topics

To craft a compelling informative essay on business, feel free to consider the following relevant topic ideas:

  • The role of consumerism in modern business.
  • Marketing and branding as the key triggers for sales.
  • How did e-commerce influence business development in the 21st century?
  • The effects of demonetization.
  • What is the role of human resources in today’s business landscape?
  • Data as the main asset for decision making in business.
  • Is there such a thing as socio-economic inequality?
  • Key methods used in economics today.
  • The influence of COVID-19 on the economic crisis of 2020.
  • The role of industrial corridors in economy and business.

Religion Topics

Here are a few great ideas for an essay on religion:

  • What is religion and what role does it play in society?
  • Common religion dogmas in the modern world.
  • How do technology and religion coexist in the 21st century?
  • The influence of religion and church on our personalities.
  • History and roots of Christianity.
  • New movements in religion that can be observed today.
  • What is the role of religion in the political field?
  • Is there still a place for any ​​confrontation between science and religion?
  • The role of religion in the workplace.
  • How did religion and church affect the evolution of humanity?

Tips on Writing an Informative Essay

The most frequent mistake that students make is attempting to write right away, without the proper research and a lack of an informative essay structure plan. Such an attitude is especially unproductive when writing an informative essay since it needs a lot of effort put into the synthesis of information. Therefore, it is best to have a structured plan that you can follow. Having a blueprint of your essay speeds up the writing process. Make sure to follow the plan and deliver the information in the best possible way you can. The audience must learn something new by the end of the piece. 

Here is a basic plan you can follow when writing your informative essay:

Brainstorming

  • Introduction
  • Body-paragraphs

First of all, you must understand that the topic you choose for your informative essay cannot be too vast or too specific. A good student will always write about an area they have yet to explore. Think of it as an exercise, you are expanding your pool of knowledge, and try to stick to something you care about. Visualize the route you will take with your paper; you may refer to the list of provided topics and see if anything tickles your curiosity.

The most important part is the research. Familiarize yourself with several sources, and save them for later. You will need to refer to them, and perhaps even cite them if your educator wants you to do so. Archiving knowledge will improve the retention of that material and will help during the writing process. Do not limit yourself to only primary sources. Evaluate the secondary ones as well and make sure they are legible and relevant.

How to Write an Informative Essay?

Before you start working on your informative essay outline, remember that the most common way of writing an informative essay is a five-paragraph format. You start off with an introduction, follow with three body paragraphs, and finish with a conclusion. Your intro serves to present the main idea of your article. The three body paragraphs of your article will mainly expand on the thesis statement you have created in your intro. Your conclusion will sum everything up and present the significance of your topic.

How to Write an Informative Essay Introduction?

The introduction to your informative essay should be something that will grab your reader's attention. Include an essay hook, a thesis statement, and a transition sentence (usually the same sentence) to make sure everything moves smoothly.

Let’s take one of our topics as an example - showcasing art on a factual basis. The critical thing is to avoid sentiment. Suppose your theme is based on the context behind the album “Kid A” by Radiohead. To explain it, you would have to delve into the band’s prior history and experience and explain why Kid A turned out the way it did base on interviews and reviews.

An example of an attention grabber: The tunes on the radio head in a different direction nowadays.

An example like that is a bit ridiculous, but it is an extreme example of the job that an essay hook needs to perform. Hopefully, a play on words will make the reader grin in this case.

An example of a thesis statement: To what extent has Kid A’s deviation from the norm been influenced by the band’s prior experiences?

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How to Write an Informative Essay Body?

The goal of the body paragraphs is to support the thesis statement with evidence or examples. Continuing with our example:

1st body paragraph  - Kid A’s deviance in style

  • Kid A’s deviance in style
  • Exhausting touring schedule

2d body paragraph - Exhausting Touring Schedule after “OK Computer” album

  • Heavy Themes in Artwork
  • Themes in Music (and why)

3d body paragraph - Lyrical Meaning

  • Use of sarcasm, irony
  • Threatening messages delivered very softly

How to Write Informative Essay Conclusion?

The goal of the conclusion is, to sum up, everything that was stated in body paragraphs. Implement your thesis and provide significance. Explain why the topic you chose is valuable, giving it importance in the real world. This step can be very subjective, so that is entirely up to you.

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Is traditional education better than remote learning?

Just a couple of years ago, could you think that you will have to deal with remote learning? In fact, the outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in some dramatic changes in the field of education. Although countries across the globe faced different infection rates, one of the primary anti-COVID measures integrated by global governments was a switch to the remote learning model of education. According to stats, over 1.2 billion children across 186 countries ended up being out of the classroom at the peak of the pandemic. This fact led to a significant rise in e-learning. As a result, billions of students and teachers across the world have experienced remote education. And, according to specialists, the new model of learning has demonstrated a significant improvement in learning outcomes, suggesting that the changes caused by COVID-19 might be here to stay. So, is traditional education still better than remote learning?

Unlike traditional education that implies face-to-face interaction between students and teachers, remote (or distance) learning is a different educational model that implies acquiring knowledge without going to school. At the heart of such learning lies technology. And, while the outbreak of COVID-19 has forced many children to experience this form of education, there are still doubts on whether it can replace traditional schooling.

On the one hand, remote learning saves time and energy for both students and teachers. This schooling method eliminates the necessity to rush from one class to another and enables students to study in a comfortable environment. Therefore, this model is associated with less anxiety and stress.

On the other hand, traditional education offers more motivation. It implies physical interaction of students with their peers, as well as teachers, which results in higher levels of engagement and motivation in the classroom. Whereas remote learning can’t offer that.

Another point for remote learning is flexibility. In this model of schooling, students typically can study at their own pace, without the necessity to stick to a strict schedule. This enables them to fit in time for other things rather than studying. But, while this will offer plenty of benefits for certain groups of students, such as those with health restrictions or part-time students, it can have an opposite effect for the rest. Namely, such flexibility can result in students falling behind the program.

Another advantage of traditional education over remote learning is the lack of technical challenges. Online education brings along a wide range of issues. And while this may not be a problem for most students, who are technology natives, it can imply multiple challenges for teachers and families. To confirm this, the stats indicate that at least one-third of teachers struggle with technology, and only 90% of families in the US have access to the Internet. That is, e-learning is not accessible for everyone.

In conclusion, it is worth noting that studies show that the overall efficiency of traditional and remote schooling is about the same. Thus, in terms of academic outcomes, both educational models can offer benefits. Nevertheless, remote learning does imply more challenges, especially tech-related. What is more, it doesn’t help students develop vital oral and social skills, as it rules out face-to-face interactions. And, since education is not only about gaining knowledge but also about developing social skills, there are quite a few reasons to say that traditional learning is more beneficial. Nevertheless, both methods have positive and negative aspects. Thus, we can conclude that each model can be right or wrong based on specific students’ situations and needs.

Informative writing is assessed on the specific criteria that show the writer’s ability to implement them in their essay. The following is a foundation you need to base the piece on. Run through these questions to make sure that your essay is the best it can be: Does the thesis statement adequately unify all subtopics presented in the essay? Does the introduction engage the reader, and does it explain the forthcoming content? Are there enough details for the reader to understand the subject matter fully? Does the concluding paragraph effectively unify the essay? Does it make a point of the importance of the stated idea?

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What is an Informative Essay?

An informative essay is a paper that provides information on a specific topic. In other words, it educates the reader about a particular thing, be it a term, event, natural phenomenon, etc.

An informative essay doesn’t contain the author’s evaluation or analysis. Instead, it aims to describe a subject. What does this essay look like? In essence, most Wikipedia articles are informative essays since they provide you with information on a particular topic .

Due to this, you might be lucky if you are assigned to write an informative essay, since it’s one of the simplest academic writing tasks.

Informative Essay Purpose

The informative essay aims to explain a particular subject. But what does it mean? It means you need to tell your reader about the topic’s origin, causes, effects, etc. Let’s exemplify it with some historical events, like WW2:

  • When did WW2 start?
  • Who and why did initiate it?
  • What are the main WW2 events?
  • How did it end?
  • What countries did engage in WW2?
  • What implications did it involve?

Informative Essay Outline

All essay types share the same logic when it comes to outlining. Therefore, your informative essay structure must contain the following elements:

Introduction

Essays share some introduction features. Informative one is no exception: your introduction must contain a hook, background facts, a thesis statement, and the transition sentence.

What is an essay hook? It is a couple of the very first sentences of your essay introduction that spark your readers’ interest. You can include some eye-opening statistics and add some wordplay. After that, you may want to add background information that will evolve into the thesis statement.

Thesis Statement

A thesis statement is the main topic your essay will revolve around. A good rule of thumb is to narrow down your thesis statement so that you can fit into the required word count without compromising your research quality. After writing a thesis statement, you need to include a logical transition to your essay body.

You will describe your topic in the essay body. Usually, it will contain several paragraphs, depending on your topic complexity and the required word count. The crucial point is to follow the sequence of events and make logical transitions between the essay parts. Consequently, each body paragraph must contain:

  • A topic sentence that explains the paragraph’s main point and connects it to the previous one.
  • Information: facts, statistics, and thesis-supporting evidence.
  • Mini-conclusion. Summarize your paragraph and add a transition to the next one.

Repeat this pattern while writing each body paragraph to make your essay sound clear and logical.

An informative essay conclusion contains the following elements:

  • The restated thesis statement.
  • A summary of body paragraphs.
  • The final word.

How to Write an Informative Essay Introduction?

How to start an informative essay? First and foremost, it doesn’t require proving or debunking some beliefs or analyzing something. That’s why popular hooks like provocative rhetorical questions may not be suitable for this paper.

However, you may want to play with the readers’ awareness. Take a look at the introduction hook example on the global deforestation topic: Do you know that people remove 40,000 square miles (the size of Iceland) of forest each year? By wrapping striking facts into rhetorical questions, you can quickly grab your readers’ attention.

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How to Write an Informative Essay Thesis?

The thesis statement can render the meaning of your paper title. For example, your topic is Amazonian deforestation.

Think of what to write about: when Amazonian deforestation started, what countries remove the most trees, what implications deforestation involves, etc.

In this case, you have to provide a thesis statement that will set a direction for your paper so that you can uncover more and more details in your essay body.

So the thesis statement for this topic might sound like this: Deforestation of the Amazonian rainforest makes an unprecedented impact on the local biodiversity and climate . At this point, you have defined your essay’s direction: you will mention extinct species, changing rain patterns, rainforest loss rates, etc.

Note that you should make your thesis statement sound non-controversial. It has to be a fact (like deforestation implications) rather than an opinion/argument.

Remember that informative essays don’t involve debates.

How to Write an Informative Essay Body?

The essay body aims to bring more details to your thesis statement. It would be much better if you added headings for each part of your subject. In this way, it will be much easier for you to follow the essay direction. Also, you can use headings from H1 to H4. Take a look at the example on how to do that:

  • H1 Amazonian Rainforest Deforestation: Causes and Implications . 
  • H2 When Did the Amazonian Deforestation Start ?
  • H2 Main Amazonian Deforestation Drivers
  • H2 Rainforest Loss Rates
  • H3 Brazilian Rainforest Loss Rates
  • H2 Amazonian Rainforest Deforestation Implications
  • H3 Global Temperature Rise
  • H3 Global Sea Level Rise
  • H3 Massive Extinction of Rainforest Species
  • H2 The Bottom Line.  

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How to Write an Informative Essay Conclusion?

The essay conclusion should provide a sense of completeness. For this, you should rephrase the thesis statement first. Please note that you need to give your rephrased thesis statement a new meaning based on the provided facts and conclusions.

After that, summarize your essay body in a couple of sentences. At the end of your conclusion, sum up the whole paper within the final line.

How to Choose a Topic for an Informative Essay?

Usually, professors provide their students with essay topics. But if you are free to choose one on your own, you are lucky. Check these tips for choosing informative essay topics:

  • Check for informative essay ideas on the web. Many websites list hundreds of topics for all academic levels.
  • Select narrow topics instead of broad ones if you wish to get a meaningful, well-researched essay – it’s impossible to cover a general topic.
  • Make sure you can find enough information on your subject. For this, do a quick research on a couple of topics before writing an informative essay.

Informative Essay Examples

Here are some informative paper examples you can use anytime you feel uncertain about how to properly organize and write your paper:

  • The War Within.
  • The Miracle Worker.
  • An informative essay about traveling.

Informative Essay Writing Tips

Feel free to check the following tips if you wish to write an outstanding informative essay and get the highest grade for it:

Note Your Ideas

You may struggle to keep in mind all the ideas regarding your essay. So it would be excellent to note and list them before writing your first draft.

Make Up an Outline 

Research your selected subject and draft your essay outline first to save you time. Once you get a clear and logical paper structure, you will write your essay step-by-step without a problem.

Use Writing Tools

Using citation machines is the best way to follow the required informative essay format and list all the used sources with ease. You can also use grammar checkers like Grammarly and plagiarism detection software to polish your paper.

Proofread Your Essay the Next Day

You might not notice all the errors in your essay right after completing your draft. Due to this, you may want to let your vision and mind have a rest. For this, proofread your piece the next day.

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An Informative Essay stands out in the academic world as a tool for students to elaborate on specific topics with depth and clarity. By incorporating factual details and supporting evidence, these essays educate and enlighten the reader. This guide, enriched with practical essay examples , is tailored to assist students in mastering the art of crafting compelling and informative essays. Whether for school assignments or personal exploration, these examples provide valuable insights into effective informative essay writing.

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What Is an Informative Essay?

Informative essay is a written as literary essay piece with the purpose of educating a target audience or readers regarding a certain topic or subject.

It is intended to present or expose something while at the same time avoiding to present arguments or personal opinion from the writer. An informative essay is also sometimes called an expository essay in the sense that it also aims to expose or display an information which will be beneficial for the reader.

It does not present bias judgments nor favorable ideas. It does not also dwell in the concept of convincing readers to do things that are contrary to their will.

How to Write an Informative Essay

Writing an informative essay is like telling a blind person what is the color of the sky or telling a kid what are ice creams made of. You simply just have to present a topic and expand.

  • Think of a topic. The first thing that you have to do is think of a topic that you want to right about. It would be good if it is something that you are most passionate about so you can write in great details.
  • Create a format. The most effective format is using the essential parts of an essay .
  • Present your ideas. After choosing the topic, start writing your ideas. Try to present it in a way that you are educating the readers.

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Tips for an Informative Essay

When writing an informative essay, do not do it like what a persuasive writing where you do everything you can to convince your readers. Nope. Stick to the basics of simple learning.

  • Be personal. Try to write as if you are talking to a kid or an old lady. The reason why it is called informative essay is because your smart goal is to educate or provide an information.
  • Do your research. You cannot educate a person if you do not have the necessary details. Research about your topic so you at least have something to say.
  • Stick to your objective. Remember your objective, i.e., to educate. Always keep that in mind as you write.

Conclusion for Informative Essay

The basic parts or elements of an essay are the introduction, the body, and the conclusion. These are all important parts which of course constitutes the wholeness of your essay.

So each part has to be given with special importance. The conclusion of essay , which is the last part, should be your chance to make your readers understand the whole point of your topic.

This is the chance for you to clarify some important things that you want to highlight. It is advisable that you write at least three to five sentences for your conclusion in order for it not to become too explanatory which you have already done on the previous part.

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Reading and writing to inform are key foundation skills for most of your college work.  Although much of the reading and writing that you do in college extends beyond information into analysis and evaluation, you need to be able to understand and articulate the main ideas of that information before you can work with it further.

Reading for Information

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Reading for information is a more involved process than scanning information quickly.  Reading more fully for information involves understanding an author’s content and main ideas so that you can remember and repeat that content in your own words. However—and this is important—reading to inform, on the college level, involves more than just repeating information. As you read, you’re expected to think critically about the information, connect it with other information that you already know, posit new ideas based on that information, and create your own meaning from that information. In other words, you need to be able to apply “academic literacy” competencies, as defined by the Academic Senates of the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California (2002): [1]

“The following intellectual habits of mind are important for students’ success. The percentages noted indicate the portion of faculty who identified the following as “important to very important” or “somewhat to very essential” in their classes and within their academic discipline. College and university students should be able to engage in the following broad intellectual practices:

  • exhibit curiosity (80%)
  • experiment with new ideas (79%)
  • see other points of view (77%)
  • challenge their own beliefs (77%)
  • engage in intellectual discussions (74%)
  • ask provocative questions (73%)
  • generate hypotheses (72%)
  • exhibit respect for other viewpoints (71%)
  • read with awareness of self and others (68%)”

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The same report asserts the following: [2]

“Reading is repeatedly identified as a most significant factor in the success of students in their college classes. Three fundamental reading competencies prove essential:

  • reading for literal comprehension and retention,
  • reading for depth of understanding, and
  • reading for analysis and interaction with the text.”

As you can see, reading for information, on the college level, provides the foundation skill for most of your academic work.

Writing to Inform

Writing to provide information involves explaining and describing concepts, people, processes, places, events, etc.  Writing to inform, on the college level, involves more than the direct provision of information as you might find in instructions or a brochure. It involves creating a focus for the information, developed as a result of your insight about what you’ve read.  A focus offers an over-arching concept or idea which you then develop with examples, descriptions, and details. In many cases, this focus is offered in a thesis sentence of an essay.

Although a thesis offers your own idea about a topic, when you write to inform, the thesis should not argue for one interpretation of information as opposed to another; it’s purpose is not to evaluate or assert your side of an issue or debatable topic. Instead, a thesis for a piece of writing intended to inform is non-judgmental.  It focuses your topic so your audience can understand and predict the explanations that follow.

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Here’s a simple example using two thesis sentences to differentiate writing to inform from other types of college writing:

Thesis 1: Writing to Inform

  • Many people enjoy cooking; they enjoy the aromas, creativity, and cost savings as well as the results.

Thesis 2: Writing to React/Apply/Analyze/Synthesize

  • Everyone should learn to cook, because it results in better nutrition, cost savings and, most of all, stress reduction as a result of two things, 1) having to concentrate on one particular activity to the exclusion of others, and 2) creating an immediate and useful outcome.

The first thesis focuses a reader’s attention on aspects of cooking that people enjoy. It does not offer an argument about an issue, which is something that has two sides and can be debated.  It does not offer an assertion, evaluation, or judgment about cooking, but instead makes an observation about this topic. As a reader, you expect to read about three particular aspects of cooking: aromas, creativity, cost. You expect the author to offer details and examples about all three aspects.

On the other hand, the second thesis uses the same topic, but instead makes an argument about that topic, that all people should learn how to cook, because of the benefits it offers.  You know this is an issue because there is an opposing side—that cooking may not benefit all people. This analytical thesis offers the author’s personal assertion about a topic.  As a reader, you expect to read examples, details, facts, and other forms of evidence that help prove the author’s assertion.

Characteristics of Informative Writing

Informative writing considers the reader. What information does a reader need to have in order to understand your focus? How many examples and details does a reader need in order to understand it? In what sequence does a reader need to receive the information in order to understand it? What tone of language is appropriate to help a reader understand your information in the way that you want it to be understood? You need to consider the type, amount, specificity, sequence, and presentation of information when you write to inform.

Informative writing also makes you consider yourself as writer. What focus do you want to offer to your reader? What examples and details will help explain and highlight that focus? What information should you include to show that you have knowledge of this concept yourself based on the text/s you read? You need to consider overall focus as well as type, amount, specificity, sequence, and presentation of information when you write to inform.

Student Sample: Writing to Inform

The following is an excerpt from one student’s draft essay intended to inform readers about the concept of assimilation. The writer originally read a chapter from an anthropology textbook that talked about cultures and how newcomers to a culture become assimilated.

Assimilation into a Culture

Thesis: Assimilation into a culture exists in different ways.

Assimilation occurs when a particular group (racial, ethnic, or any other group) is absorbed into the larger or dominant group. The entering group loses its entire culture—”language customs, sense of history”—in order to blend into the stronger group.

There are two types of assimilation. The first is behavioral assimilation. Behavioral assimilation is when “a group surrenders all of its culture to be part of the stronger group.” The second is structural assimilation. Structural assimilation is “the final absorption, when the group can no longer be distinguished from any member of the stronger group and has in fact become an equal member of the stronger group.”

This example of assimilation may seem a little unusual, but it gives a perfect example of how assimilation works. In the world of Star Trek there is a race called the Borg whose main objective is to assimilate all other lifeforms. Any non-Borg lifeform is considered to be inferior until they are assimilated. Assimilation costs people their memories, names, language, and their complete identity. The Borg also surgically alter all people they assimilate to become part-humanoid and part-mechanical. All Borg are grey skinned in order to be exactly the same, and finally, are uniformed alike. At this point, these people are now Borg and have been successfully assimilated.

The student author takes a non-judgmental stance in order to explain the concept of assimilation, to inform a reader and to exhibit her knowledge of the concept.  (On the other hand, if the author’s purpose were to react or analyze, she might have made an argument about assimilation being an outmoded cultural value based on 20th-century waves of immigration, or an argument about whether assimilation should be required for immigrants to any country.)

How to Approach Writing to Inform

The following video discusses a method of approach to, and important characteristics of, writing to inform. It presents key information on creating a doable, focused, and interesting theses for informative essay writing.

The following video offers one formula (of many different approaches) for developing an informative essay.  Although it’s written for a high school audience, it provides a finely-tuned conceptual map of how to develop examples and details relating to an informative thesis: topic sentence, a claim related to that topic sentence, evidence to support the claim, and analysis of that evidence.  The video’s discussion of an informative essay nicely exhibits how support can be developed, and how it is linked to an informative thesis.

Read the article “ Getting All Your Ducklings in a Row: A Look Inside the Animal Mind .” If you were reading this article in order to inform others of its content, which of the following statements most precisely and inclusively captures the author’s main idea?

  • Ducklings are more like humans than we thought.
  • Research shows the similarities and differences in the process of imprinting among many species.
  • The study of imprinting in ducklings shows that they are capable of abstract thought; further research can reveal if this is a basic trait of many species or a more exclusive ability.
  • Ducklings have a “sensitive period” in which they imprint on anything based on shape and relationship among shapes.

The most precise and inclusive statement of main idea is in sentence 3.  Sentence 2 offers a generalized version of the main idea which is not as fully developed as sentence 3. Sentence 1 is very general and not precise, while sentence 4 offers background information related to the main idea.

[1] Academic Literacy: A Statement of Competencies Expected of Students Entering California’s Public Colleges and Universities © 2002 Intersegmental Committee of the Academic Senates (ICAS), pg. 13. https://senate.universityofcalifornia.edu/_files/reports/acadlit.pdf

[2] Academic Literacy: A Statement of Competencies Expected of Students Entering California’s Public Colleges and Universities © 2002 Intersegmental Committee of the Academic Senates (ICAS), pg. 17. https://senate.universityofcalifornia.edu/_files/reports/acadlit.pdf

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  • lesson 8: Informative Writing: Drafting Body Paragraphs
  • lesson 9: Informative Writing: Drafting an Introduction
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How to Write a Strong Thesis Statement

A thesis can be found in many places—a debate speech, a lawyer’s closing argument, even an advertisement. But the most common place for a thesis statement (and probably why you’re reading this article) is in an essay.

Whether you’re writing an argumentative paper, an informative essay, or a compare/contrast statement, you need a thesis. Without a thesis, your argument falls flat and your information is unfocused. Since a thesis is so important, it’s probably a good idea to look at some tips on how to put together a strong one.

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What is a “thesis statement” anyway.

  • 2 categories of thesis statements: informative and persuasive
  • 2 styles of thesis statements
  • Formula for a strong argumentative thesis
  • The qualities of a solid thesis statement (video)

You may have heard of something called a “thesis.” It’s what seniors commonly refer to as their final paper before graduation. That’s not what we’re talking about here. That type of thesis is a long, well-written paper that takes years to piece together.

Instead, we’re talking about a single sentence that ties together the main idea of any argument . In the context of student essays, it’s a statement that summarizes your topic and declares your position on it. This sentence can tell a reader whether your essay is something they want to read.

2 Categories of Thesis Statements: Informative and Persuasive

Just as there are different types of essays, there are different types of thesis statements. The thesis should match the essay.

For example, with an informative essay, you should compose an informative thesis (rather than argumentative). You want to declare your intentions in this essay and guide the reader to the conclusion that you reach.

To make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, you must procure the ingredients, find a knife, and spread the condiments.

This thesis showed the reader the topic (a type of sandwich) and the direction the essay will take (describing how the sandwich is made).

Most other types of essays, whether compare/contrast, argumentative, or narrative, have thesis statements that take a position and argue it. In other words, unless your purpose is simply to inform, your thesis is considered persuasive. A persuasive thesis usually contains an opinion and the reason why your opinion is true.

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are the best type of sandwich because they are versatile, easy to make, and taste good.

In this persuasive thesis statement, you see that I state my opinion (the best type of sandwich), which means I have chosen a stance. Next, I explain that my opinion is correct with several key reasons. This persuasive type of thesis can be used in any essay that contains the writer’s opinion, including, as I mentioned above, compare/contrast essays, narrative essays, and so on.

2 Styles of Thesis Statements

Just as there are two different types of thesis statements (informative and persuasive), there are two basic styles you can use.

The first style uses a list of two or more points . This style of thesis is perfect for a brief essay that contains only two or three body paragraphs. This basic five-paragraph essay is typical of middle and high school assignments.

C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia series is one of the richest works of the 20th century because it offers an escape from reality, teaches readers to have faith even when they don’t understand, and contains a host of vibrant characters.

In the above persuasive thesis, you can see my opinion about Narnia followed by three clear reasons. This thesis is perfect for setting up a tidy five-paragraph essay.

In college, five paragraph essays become few and far between as essay length gets longer. Can you imagine having only five paragraphs in a six-page paper? For a longer essay, you need a thesis statement that is more versatile. Instead of listing two or three distinct points, a thesis can list one overarching point that all body paragraphs tie into.

Good vs. evil is the main theme of Lewis’s Narnia series, as is made clear through the struggles the main characters face in each book.

In this thesis, I have made a claim about the theme in Narnia followed by my reasoning. The broader scope of this thesis allows me to write about each of the series’ seven novels. I am no longer limited in how many body paragraphs I can logically use.

Formula for a Strong Argumentative Thesis

One thing I find that is helpful for students is having a clear template. While students rarely end up with a thesis that follows this exact wording, the following template creates a good starting point:

___________ is true because of ___________, ___________, and ___________.

Conversely, the formula for a thesis with only one point might follow this template:

___________________ is true because of _____________________.

Students usually end up using different terminology than simply “because,” but having a template is always helpful to get the creative juices flowing.

The Qualities of a Solid Thesis Statement

When composing a thesis, you must consider not only the format, but other qualities like length, position in the essay, and how strong the argument is.

Length: A thesis statement can be short or long, depending on how many points it mentions. Typically, however, it is only one concise sentence. It does contain at least two clauses, usually an independent clause (the opinion) and a dependent clause (the reasons). You probably should aim for a single sentence that is at least two lines, or about 30 to 40 words long.

Position: A thesis statement always belongs at the beginning of an essay. This is because it is a sentence that tells the reader what the writer is going to discuss. Teachers will have different preferences for the precise location of the thesis, but a good rule of thumb is in the introduction paragraph, within the last two or three sentences.

Strength: Finally, for a persuasive thesis to be strong, it needs to be arguable. This means that the statement is not obvious, and it is not something that everyone agrees is true.

Example of weak thesis:

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are easy to make because it just takes three ingredients.

Most people would agree that PB&J is one of the easiest sandwiches in the American lunch repertoire.

Example of a stronger thesis:

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are fun to eat because they always slide around.

This is more arguable because there are plenty of folks who might think a PB&J is messy or slimy rather than fun.

Composing a thesis statement does take a bit more thought than many other parts of an essay. However, because a thesis statement can contain an entire argument in just a few words, it is worth taking the extra time to compose this sentence. It can direct your research and your argument so that your essay is tight, focused, and makes readers think.

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How to Write a Thesis Statement | 4 Steps & Examples

Published on January 11, 2019 by Shona McCombes . Revised on August 15, 2023 by Eoghan Ryan.

A thesis statement is a sentence that sums up the central point of your paper or essay . It usually comes near the end of your introduction .

Your thesis will look a bit different depending on the type of essay you’re writing. But the thesis statement should always clearly state the main idea you want to get across. Everything else in your essay should relate back to this idea.

You can write your thesis statement by following four simple steps:

  • Start with a question
  • Write your initial answer
  • Develop your answer
  • Refine your thesis statement

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What is a thesis statement, placement of the thesis statement, step 1: start with a question, step 2: write your initial answer, step 3: develop your answer, step 4: refine your thesis statement, types of thesis statements, other interesting articles, frequently asked questions about thesis statements.

A thesis statement summarizes the central points of your essay. It is a signpost telling the reader what the essay will argue and why.

The best thesis statements are:

  • Concise: A good thesis statement is short and sweet—don’t use more words than necessary. State your point clearly and directly in one or two sentences.
  • Contentious: Your thesis shouldn’t be a simple statement of fact that everyone already knows. A good thesis statement is a claim that requires further evidence or analysis to back it up.
  • Coherent: Everything mentioned in your thesis statement must be supported and explained in the rest of your paper.

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The thesis statement generally appears at the end of your essay introduction or research paper introduction .

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You should come up with an initial thesis, sometimes called a working thesis , early in the writing process . As soon as you’ve decided on your essay topic , you need to work out what you want to say about it—a clear thesis will give your essay direction and structure.

You might already have a question in your assignment, but if not, try to come up with your own. What would you like to find out or decide about your topic?

For example, you might ask:

After some initial research, you can formulate a tentative answer to this question. At this stage it can be simple, and it should guide the research process and writing process .

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Now you need to consider why this is your answer and how you will convince your reader to agree with you. As you read more about your topic and begin writing, your answer should get more detailed.

In your essay about the internet and education, the thesis states your position and sketches out the key arguments you’ll use to support it.

The negatives of internet use are outweighed by its many benefits for education because it facilitates easier access to information.

In your essay about braille, the thesis statement summarizes the key historical development that you’ll explain.

The invention of braille in the 19th century transformed the lives of blind people, allowing them to participate more actively in public life.

A strong thesis statement should tell the reader:

  • Why you hold this position
  • What they’ll learn from your essay
  • The key points of your argument or narrative

The final thesis statement doesn’t just state your position, but summarizes your overall argument or the entire topic you’re going to explain. To strengthen a weak thesis statement, it can help to consider the broader context of your topic.

These examples are more specific and show that you’ll explore your topic in depth.

Your thesis statement should match the goals of your essay, which vary depending on the type of essay you’re writing:

  • In an argumentative essay , your thesis statement should take a strong position. Your aim in the essay is to convince your reader of this thesis based on evidence and logical reasoning.
  • In an expository essay , you’ll aim to explain the facts of a topic or process. Your thesis statement doesn’t have to include a strong opinion in this case, but it should clearly state the central point you want to make, and mention the key elements you’ll explain.

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A thesis statement is a sentence that sums up the central point of your paper or essay . Everything else you write should relate to this key idea.

The thesis statement is essential in any academic essay or research paper for two main reasons:

  • It gives your writing direction and focus.
  • It gives the reader a concise summary of your main point.

Without a clear thesis statement, an essay can end up rambling and unfocused, leaving your reader unsure of exactly what you want to say.

Follow these four steps to come up with a thesis statement :

  • Ask a question about your topic .
  • Write your initial answer.
  • Develop your answer by including reasons.
  • Refine your answer, adding more detail and nuance.

The thesis statement should be placed at the end of your essay introduction .

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This resource provides tips for creating a thesis statement and examples of different types of thesis statements.

Tips for Writing Your Thesis Statement

1. Determine what kind of paper you are writing:

  • An analytical paper breaks down an issue or an idea into its component parts, evaluates the issue or idea, and presents this breakdown and evaluation to the audience.
  • An expository (explanatory) paper explains something to the audience.
  • An argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence. The claim could be an opinion, a policy proposal, an evaluation, a cause-and-effect statement, or an interpretation. The goal of the argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided.

If you are writing a text that does not fall under these three categories (e.g., a narrative), a thesis statement somewhere in the first paragraph could still be helpful to your reader.

2. Your thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper and should be supported with specific evidence.

3. The thesis statement usually appears at the end of the first paragraph of a paper.

4. Your topic may change as you write, so you may need to revise your thesis statement to reflect exactly what you have discussed in the paper.

Thesis Statement Examples

Example of an analytical thesis statement:

The paper that follows should:

  • Explain the analysis of the college admission process
  • Explain the challenge facing admissions counselors

Example of an expository (explanatory) thesis statement:

  • Explain how students spend their time studying, attending class, and socializing with peers

Example of an argumentative thesis statement:

  • Present an argument and give evidence to support the claim that students should pursue community projects before entering college

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