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Title: The Expository Essay


1
The Expository Essay
  • an overview

2
Definition
  • The function of the expository essay is to
    explain, or to acquaint your reader with a body
    of knowledge

3
Explain/Demonstrate
  • By explaining a topic to the reader, you are
    demonstrating your own knowledge

4
Example
  • For example, if you are asked to write an essay
    about how to drive a car, you decide what you
    plan to concentrate on, create a paragraph
    structure, and describe the process step by step

5
Explaining/Describing
  • When describing, or exposing the process by which
    one drives a car, all you are doing is explaining
    the steps or process

6
Inform, Explain or Define
  • Expository essays require that the writer give
    information, explain the topic or define something

7
Facts, Statistics, Examples
  • To accomplish this, expository essays are best
    developed by the use of facts and statistical
    information, cause and effect relationships, or
    examples
  • Research may be necessary

8
Not Emotional
  • Since they are factual, they are written without
    emotion and usually written in the third person

9
Third Person
  • The third person means that the use of the
    pronoun "I" is not usually found within the
    essay.
  • Instead the writer will refer to the first person
    (I) in the third person (one)

10
Thesis Statement
  • Expository essays also have a distinct format.
  • The thesis statement must be defined and narrow
    enough to be supported within the essay

11
Controlling Topics
  • Each supporting paragraph must have a distinct
    controlling topic and all other sentences must
    factually relate directly to it

12
Transition Words
  • The transition words or phrases are important as
    they help the reader follow along and reinforce
    the logic
  • Examples
  • Also
  • Furthermore
  • In addition
  • Plus
  • Then

13
Conclusion
  • Finally, the concluding paragraph should restate
    the thesis and the main supporting ideas
  • It should be the first sentence of the final
    paragraph

14
Reinforcement
  • Finish with a statement that reinforces your
    position in a meaningful and memorable way

15
No New Material!
  • Never introduce new material in the conclusion

16
Guessing
  • Your reader should never have to guess what you
    mean
  • Give your readers everything they need to know to
    follow your reasoning

17
Topic
  • You are serving on a committee that will design a
    new high school for your community. Choose one
    feature for the new high school that you will
    suggest to the design committee. Write a report
    to the committee explaining what this feature is
    and why it is beneficial.
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