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The Explanatory Essay

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Amy Butson

on 18 December 2013

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The Explanatory Essay
Types of Explanatory Writing
Answering a prompt with a factual evidence.
Generally, the facts cannot be argued.
The Standard 5 Paragraph Essay
The Body Paragraph
Answering a prompt about a piece of literature using textual evidence from the story.
Since stories can be interpreted differently by each reader, these type of essays have an “arguable” quality to them.

The Intro ends with the Thesis Statement
The Body Paragraphs provide the “meat” of the essay. The condiments are your supporting details and elaboration

The conclusion wraps up
your essay by restating thesis in new words and gives a finished feeling to the paper
Topic sentence is one reason or idea that helps prove your thesis

The condiments provide the flavor
for the burger. These are your pieces of textual evidence that help prove your topic sentence.

Elaboration explains why and how your textual evidence proves your topic sentence.

Concluding sentence wraps up the body and leads into the next.

Topic Sentence
The first sentence in a body paragraph.

It does the same thing for the body paragraph as the thesis does for the entire essay.

When you are writing a “five paragraph essay” you do not include the title of the story or the author in your topic sentence.

When you are just writing one paragraph you should include the title and author in your topic sentence.

When Writing a Topic Sentence
Make sure you include the
title and author
Make sure you
answer the prompt
Make sure you have a
Make sure your answer is
"arguable" not factual
For example
In the coming-of-age short story,
“Manhood” by John Wain
Mr. Willison's relationship
with his son is
because he
pressures Rob to be a better athlete

So what am I proving?
1. I am describing the relationship as
2. The reason I know that is because
Mr. Willison
pressures Rob to be an athlete
3. The rest of my paragraph will use textual evidence that
Rob was pressured by his dad to be a better athlete

4. My elaboration will explain how this is unhealthy for their relationship.
How would you describe the relationship between Mr. Willison and his son Rob in the story, “Manhood” by John Wain?

Finding Textual Evidence to support Topic Sentence
Step 1: Go back in to the story and look for places that support your "arguable" reason for your answer to the prompt.

Step 2: Type the evidence WORD FOR WORD as it appears in the story. Make sure you include quotation marks and page number.
Step 1:
I need to find textual evidence to support my "arguable" reason of why their relationship is unhealthy = dad pressuring son to be an athlete.

Step 2:
I need to type word for word the evidence I find as a quote = "words from the story" (5).
In the coming-of-age short story,
“Manhood” by John Wain
Mr. Willison's relationship
with his son is
because he
pressures Rob to be a better athlete
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