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Organizational Patterns in Expository Writing

discussion of the different common organizational patterns used in expository writing along with their usefulness
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Ethan Hoeft

on 6 December 2013

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Transcript of Organizational Patterns in Expository Writing

Organizational Patterns
in Expository Writing

Why organize?
Why use paragraphs?
organizational patterns: the pattern an author uses to organize his ideas
definition
Organizational Pattern #1
Cause and Effect
when an author identifies the relationship of one thing to another then writes about their interaction.
example: "the effect chocolate has on small dogs and what causes their odd behavior"
Usefulness?
When comparing two things where one affects the other in a particular way
Organizational Pattern #2
Sequence
when an author writes about events or a process step-by-step
example: "how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly"
Usefulness?
When discussing something that happens over time or describing an event in history
Organizational Pattern #3
Description
when an author is trying to write about something that is detailed or wants to break something down into smaller pieces
example: "the parts of the solar system"
Usefulness?
When trying to explain something in small details or when breaking down something that is large into manageable pieces
Organizational Pattern #4
Order of Importance
when an author organizes his ideas into paragraphs that are placed in the passage based on how important they are.
example: "a man explaining in an essay why he should be the president"
Usefulness?
When trying to prioritize things from most relevant to least important.
Organizational Pattern #5
Compare & Contrast
when an author is trying to discuss the similarities and differences of two things
example: "Discussing whether vampires or zombies are better in battle"
Usefulness?
Allows the focus to be on the relationship between different or similar topics
Organizational Pattern # 6
Classification Schemes
when an author is trying to organize information into categories
example: "a zoologist writing about the animals that kill their food and those that do not kill their food in Asia"
Usefulness?
when information needs to be organized or needs to be broken down into parts to be described
Organizational Pattern #7
Problem & Solution
when an author writes about something that could fix a problem
example: "how to fix the economy"
Usefulness?
when you need to figure out how to solve an issue with your ideas
Description
http://www.timeforkids.com/news/never-seen-whale/59326
Problem/Solution
http://www.timeforkids.com/news/saving-nemo/48266
Classification Schemes
http://www.timeforkids.com/news/person-year/62226
Sequential Order
http://www.timeforkids.com/news/football/39371
Order of Importance
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1329817-duke-basketball-ranking-dukes-starting-5-in-order-of-importance
Comparison/Contrast
http://eatthis.menshealth.com/slide/worst-hunger-fighter?slideshow=108775#sharetagsfocus
Cause & Effect (Classif. Schemes AND Order of Importance)
http://www.ga.gov.au/hazards/tsunami/tsunami-basics/causes.html
Today's Grammar: How many things are wrong?

1. He be goin' over der.

2. Tennen through the football with he arms.

3. He kepped run to the store.

4. Tayevion has a real bad cough he's having.
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