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What is expository writing and how can I write an expository essay?

Jeremy Thompson

on 26 November 2012

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Transcript of Expository

Expository Writing What is it? The Structure The essay Definition Expository writing is writing
that explains why. Explaining why friends are important Explaining why the sky is blue Explaining why fish have gills Explaining why soccer is your favorite sport Examples: What should it include? Focus statement Main Ideas Anecdotes Conclusion The focus statement tells or announces what the essay will be about For example, The subject Says something about the subject. Main ideas are reasons why the focus
statement is true. 1 2 All of these are examples of expository writing For example, "To begin with, my dog helps to keep me safe." An expository essay should also have. . . Remember, the main idea
should always start with
the topic (in this case, "my dog") 3 Anecdotes are stories that prove the
main ideas. For example, one time when I was a little boy like you I was swimming in the ocean. Suddenly, everyone started shouting "Shark! Shark!". I looked and a huge shark was right behind me. Just then my dog, Blacky, leaped into the water, bit the shark in the nose, and carried me safely back to shore on her back. Without Blacky, who knows if I would ever have made it out of the ocean alive that day. For example. . . Then, of course, there are. . . 4 The conclusion wraps up the
essay by restating the focus
statement using a synonym. Finally, there is the. . . Or. . . In conclusion, my dog is the greatest canine in the world! In summary, I love my dog because he keeps me safe and he is loyal. Are both excellent conclusions. "My dog is special to me for many reasons." Hey, what about transitions? Transitions A transition signals the end of one part of an essay, or the beginning of another. Each part of an essay has it's own type of transitions. Main Ideas Anecdotes Conclusions To begin with,
To start with,
In addition,
First of all,
Second of all, Some typical transitions to start main ideas are: Transitions that introduce anecdotes: For example,
For instance,
One time when. . . To begin a conclusion you can use: In conclusion,
In summary, Focus Statement Main Idea #1 Main Idea #2 Anecdote

Anecdote Anecdote

Anecdote Conclusion Because we already now know what all these parts are the structure is relatively easy. But we do need to talk a little bit more about anecdotes The structure of an expository essay is kind of like scaffolding: It provides support for all the other details you will add in as you build/write. Stretching out your Anecdotes
(WSADK) Remember anecdotes? The stories which prove the main idea? Well in order to write a solid expository esssay you're going to need to streeeeetch them out. To do this we'll use a strategy called WSADK. ( ) What this means is that each time you
write an anecdote you include: W
K hen
iss it goodbye W

K One time when I was your age I was swimming in the ocean Suddenly everyone started shouting,
Looked over my shoulder
Blacky leaped through the air, bit the shark, and helped me swim back to shore "Shark! Shark!" Without Blacky who knows if I would have made it home that day? Then we take this stretched out plan and turn it into an actual anecdote. Now all that's left is to put everything together Friends are important for many reasons. To begin with, Main Idea #1 anecdote anecdote anecdote anecdote W
K Main Idea #2 Sample Anecdotes
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