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The Exposition

MCS English
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Chad Grant

on 9 February 2015

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The Exposition
MCS English
When you write an exposition you are either trying to persuade someone that your point of view is correct or prove what you know about a certain topic.
Therefore, the structure you use and your choice of language is very important.
In this Prezi we will look at:
Structure
Language Choices
Examples

The purpose of writing an exposition is to provide written evidence that you can:
Research a topic
Weigh arguments
Organise your thoughts
Express these thoughts in a logical, coherent and critical manner
Reach conclusions which flows from the evidence and the arguments you put forward.
The basic structure
Example:- Who is your Favourite Character and why?
Without a doubt in my mind the most courageous, charismatic and admirable, hence favourite, character to grace the silver screen in the last fifty years is none other than Indiana "Indy" Jones.
through four breathtaking films Jones jr has amazed his affectionate fans with his wit, luck and ingenuity.

Indy remains the epitome of masculinity drawing upon the imagination of young men across the globe. He is also just a regular guy working as a professor of archaeology highlighting a relation to men with adventurous spirits. Finally, Indy plays the hero, taking down stereotypical bad guys against overwhelming odds as he saves the world from the myths of lore.

Therefore, it is easy for many people to see why so many hold this average man to be their one true favourite character.

The "body arguments" are the real guts of your essay. This is where you provide the detail of your arguments and evidence.

Normally your body will have three paragraphs. One for each of your arguments. But sometimes there may be more
Structure
Each paragraph should have 5 sentences. knowing what to put into each of these sentences is what makes essay writing easy.
Here at MCS we use the TEEEC Acronym to help us remember what to include in each sentence.
More on that soon.
Body Paragraph 1
Each body paragraph has its own argument.

Each argument must be introduced in the introduction and relate to the topic.
The body is the bulk of your essay. At least 3/4, which means this is where you get the majority of your marks.
It is also the trickiest part to get right, because there is a lot to do and many rules to follow. However, if you plan properly you will find it much easier.
Body Paragraph 2
As a young man It is difficult, to say the least, to imagine a better fantasy role model of masculinity than Indiana Jones.
You see, in today's portrayal of males in society, it is nigh impossible to find a flattering or realistic representation of a masculine man.

Consider Homer Simpson, Phil Dunphy or the Libra warrior, males are shown just about everywhere to be baffling fools
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But not Indiana. Indiana fights Nazis, soviets and battles for a better world, he gives young man someone intelligent to emulate.

As a positive representation of masculinity Indiana Jones stands tall as our favourite in Hollywood films.

Body Paragraph 3
The conclusion needs the following:
Your conclusion should not include any new information that influences your overall argument
Your conclusion should provide a final, comprehensive answer to the essay topic
Indiana Jones is as iconic a character that has ever been brought forth and thrust into our psyche. He is the quintessence of masculinity, courage and heroism and a lasting reminder to young men to be proud to be male. Indiana Jones will, without a doubt, remain ours, boys, girls and everyone in-between's truly favourite character of all time.
Conclusion
The Introduction needs to introduce
Arguments
The introduction gives us your arguments. There is no need to expand or provide evidence in the introduction.
Just order your arguments from strongest to weakest. Your body will follow this order as well.
You will need three reasons to support your opinion. Write one sentence to introduce each of your supporting reasons.

Final Sentence
Introduction
What it is you are going to talk about.
The Book
The Movie
The question
Your opinion/answer
how your arguments will unfold
Finish your intro with a final sentence recapping your thesis, just to remind your audience of the topic and how you feel about it.
Structure of Introduction
Heading
T
hesis
E
xplain
A
rguments
L
ink

The TEEEC Paragraph Structure
T - Topic Sentence (Argument)
E - Expand (More Information)
E - Example (support)
E - Explain (how)
C - Concluding sentence (Link)

Here are some Examples of paragraphs using the TEEEC structure.
A summing up statement about the text and main idea of the ideas that you have covered.
Summarise/draw together the content of the body of your essay, drawing together main points
Give a final evaluation of issues/point of view
Link back to intro using key words
Strong terminating sentence
Well there you go. That is the structure of a exposition/essay. No doubt you're going to get a bit of practice.
Now, let's have a look at language choices we can use in an exposition
The Do's and Dont's of language in an essay!
Your language must be formal
You must not use contractions
You must write in third person

I think Indiana is a good character and it's like he can do a lot of things that make us think he is really smart
Indiana is a complex character, who must overcome the challenges presented by the epic quests that he courageously undertakes for man kind.
This is very informal language. You must not write like this in an essay.
This is more formal language and more reflective of how you should write in an essay
A contraction is where you abbreviate a word by removing a letter and adding an apostrophe.
These are bad

didn't
can't
they've
wouldn't
ain't
couldn't
it's
let's
that's
These are good
did not
can not
they have
would not
are not
could not
it is
let us
that is
Remember:
You still need to use apostrophes to show possession
Never write in the first or second person
These are bad
I think that...

In my opinion...

You can see this when...

Let us look at...

When we read about...
Try these
It could be argued that...

The character's actions show us that...

This can be seen when...

An example of this is...

An important change occurs when...
The topic sentence should let us know what the paragraph will be arguing.
By the time the audience has finished reading the topic sentence they should be aware of the point that you are discussing.
The topic sentence only introduces the argument. The focus of the paragraph. It should not be a factual statement or provide other supporting details
Which of the following is a good topic sentence?
A. Charles Dickens had a very traumatic childhood
B. Charles Dickens worked for 12 hours a day in a shoe factory
A. In the distance, the river looked like a silver thread.
B. The view from the tower was breathtaking
A. Men went to fight in the war which meant women could work in the factories for the first time.
B. The effects of war meant that many women were able to break out of gender stereotypes
Next you need to expand on from your topic sentence
Explain what you mean in greater detail and give it a more specific focus
This is where you start to provide your supporting details.
What is it that you are trying to say?
What do you mean?
Pretend you are talking to an alien. The alien doesn't have much of an idea about what goes on here on earth. You tell him your topic sentence, It's still a bit unsure what you mean. So now you spend a sentence or two explaining, in more detail what you think is important, and what you are trying to argue.
Now that you have put forward your opinion or argument, you will need to provide some evidence or an example to support these claims and show that you are right.
This is usually done by finding a relevant quote or technique from the text you are studying.
What in the text made you think this was true?
What proof do you have that shows your claim is correct?
What in the text supports your argument
Quotes
Quotes
Quotes
Every body paragraph must have a quote
Also, your quotes need to be blended into your own writing
If you take out the quotation marks it should read properly
"ie. Like proper English"
Example
The realism of Jones character is reflected in his fallible fear of snakes, "why'd it have to be snakes?" Along with his true grit never say die set 'em up, knock 'em down attitude that is bound to take it's toll on anyone when he exclaims "it's not the years, honey. It's the mileage."
Repeat "expand and example" when necessary. No need to stop with one when you may have more brilliant quotes. The more support for your opinion the better.
After you show your example it is usually required that you have a sentence to explain how the example helps support your thesis.
Just think of that pesky alien again. The more you explain the more they will understand.
Finally, you will provide a linking sentence, which summarises your paragraph in a sentence, linking it back to the key terms from your thesis.
Your Turn to Practise
Heading -
My Favourite Character
Thesis -
With out a doubt the most __________, ________ and _________, hence favourite, character is ______________.
Explain -
What is this character known for?
Arguments -
1.
2.
3.
Link -
Therefore, it is easy to see why so many hold ____________ to be___________________.
This will happen after you have explained your argument and provided evidence.
For example you could begin your linking sentence "This shows that..."
It is a little mini conclusion for your paragraph
How to stuff up an Essay
Don't Plan
Don't answer the topic
Retell the story without a clear argument
Rush it
Don't use Paragraphs
Write paragraphs without evidence/quotes
Don't use TEEEC
Don't proof read or edit
Ignore the rules
Heroism has been defined as possessing the qualities of intrepidity, valour, prowess, gallantry, bravery, courage, daring, fortitude. Indiana Jones is defined as hero. To many these qualities are what signals the leather wearing, whip wielding academic as a man on par with the childishly fictional character of superman. Consider for instance, indy's stamina to defeat Nazis, battle soviets and take on lost Amazon tribes all in the name of history and rediscovering the unknown. Through these feats of stubborn determination Indy on more than one occasion has saved the world from the evil of bad people. The mere fact that he Indiana Jones is a true hero fighting for good with a killer soundtrack, has to rank him high on everyone's favourite character list.
What makes a character a favourite? For many people it is being able to relate to the role and seeing an underlying magnificence portrayed in the character and themselves.

Indiana Jones achieves this. He achieves this feat by being a typical man, working and living with the same troubles as regular men.

Then, as unexpectedly as a sharknado, Indiana Jones transforms into his alter ego and traverses around the planet living the lifestyle many young man dream of, Walter Mitty style.

From discovering the lost ark, to the Holy grail and even extra terrestrial probing Indiana cries out to the adventurous soul in all.
This ability to relate to his audience is a key feature why Jones Jr is our favourite character.
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In this prezi:
you will be required to take some notes on the content that you learn.
Major headings will be red. These should be at the top of the page and be underlined.

Subheadings will be blue. These will be on the left hand side of the page and be underlined.

Notes that you will need to copy will be yellow. These should be neat and appear underneath a heading.

Activities for you to do will be green. Copy the activities down and complete
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