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Informative literature is based in fact, and its purpose is to teach or explain. It is one form of nonfiction literature. Informative literature can take many forms such as textbooks, brochures, educational papers, charts, instructional websites, advertisements, historical documents, and there are many more examples. When reading informative test, the reader is looking for information about a specific subject, person, or idea. Text features often include labels and page headings. Reading the nutritional data on the label of a food item and reading about the effects of global warming written by an expert are examples of informative. Informative text is not written for the purpose of entertainment although many readers enjoy reading facts about their favorite animal, national park, historical event or an upcoming political debate. The opposite of informative literature would be imaginative literature. Imaginative literature includes novels, plays, and poetry which play into the emotions and feelings of the reader.

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