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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Informational Texts. (By: 1. Shi Qiang and 2. Ray) <===This is a piece of Informational Text!

What is an Information Text?

    An Information Text is a type of non-fictional text. Its primary purpose is to inform the reader about the natural or social world. Informational Text also allow readers to more easily gather information as they present information in a organized manner.

Source(s): http://umaine.edu/edhd/professionals/maine-early-litearcy-site-mels/correll-book-award/what-is-informational-text/

What is the structure of an Information Text?

    Information Text can be divided into 5 different types:

1. Compare and Contrast: Used to explain how things are alike and how things are different.

Example: Venn Diagram.

2. Cause Effect: Explains what and why something happens, and what are the consequences.

Example: Chain of events, cycles e.t.c. (Any graphic organizer that uses blocks and arrows.)

3. Problem/Solutions: This text structure of does exactly what it does. It describes a problem, then gives one or more solutions to the problem. The problem can be a present problem, a past problem, or a future problem.

Example: http://www.stanford.edu/~arnetha/expowrite/chrtprobsolution.html

4. Sequence: A list of events in the order that they happened.

Example: Timeline.

5. List: The author lists and describes important elements of the topic

Example: This list!

What are the Language Features of an Information Text?

   Information Texts can be gleaned for information easily, as they are very organized. How is this so?

    Information Text have:

1. Print Features: Guides readers through all the information in the text.

Example: The Table of Contents, which help readers find the key topics in the text. 

2. Organizational and Graphic Aids: Helps readers to find important information.

Example: Bold Print signals to readers that this particular word is important.

3. Illustrations: Expands on the meaning of the text.

Example: Photographs help readers understand exactly what something looks like.

Source: http://www.slideshare.net/VELIZM/information-text-features-ppt

Where are Information Text usually found?

    Common sources of Informational Texts are textbooks, newspapers and magazines.

Source: Shi Qiang Prior Knowledge.

P.S. You are reading an Informational Text right now! If you knew this already, kudos to you!

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