Writing to inform, explain and describe

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Writing to inform: example

Read through the following recipe and spot the techniques which are specific to writing to inform.

Chocolate chip cookies recipe

  1. Heat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Line two baking sheets with baking parchment. Chop the chocolate into chunks and put to one side.
  2. Heat the butter in a small saucepan gently until it has melted. Meanwhile, put the two types of sugar into a mixing bowl. Pour the melted butter on top of the sugar and beat well with a wooden spoon.
  3. Add the egg and the vanilla and beat until well blended.
  4. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the mixing bowl and stir them in, then add the chopped chocolate.
  5. Dot heaped pudding spoonfuls of the mixture over the lined baking sheets.
  6. Wearing oven gloves, put the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, until the cookies are just turning golden brown.
  7. Leave them to harden for a couple of minutes before eating.

Identify the informative features in this recipe

Informative technique Example
Present tense  
Short, clear sentences  
Technical terms  
Reader addressed as 'you'  

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