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Expository Writing

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Ashley Edwards

on 4 November 2013

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Transcript of Expository Writing

Anytime we write to give information, give facts, give directions, or explain something, it is expository writing.
Our goal this week is to learn about Expository Writing: what it is, why it is unique, and how we can use it to better our knowledge of the English language.
We will practice a few of these this quarter...
Newspaper articles, textbooks, recipes, and how-to guides are real life examples of expository writing.
The easiest to develop
Specific, concrete, carefully selected examples are important for good writing.
Best written in time order
The paragraph should begin with what materials to collect before the process begins
Next, it should describe the different steps involved in the process
In this paragraph, do not just define using the dictionary, but define using examples, synonyms, by stating what something is not, or by explaining the distinctions between similar terms or analogies.
Example.
How-to.
Define.
Expository Writing
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The categories should be
few
in number (perhaps two or three) and must include everything in the group. Making a
list
might be the initial step in deciding what to classify. Once you have chosen what you will be classifying, you will select several
examples
of each to include in the paragraph.
Classify.
In this paragraph, each reason should be followed by a set of descriptive details and examples. Reasons are best placed in climatic order, least important to most important. Avoid sentences starting with "because" and "the reason is because"
Reason.
There are 6 kinds of Expository Writing
1. Example
2. How-to (or) Process
3. Classification
4. Reason
5. Definition
6. Compare & Contrast
Possible Topics: (1) dangerous animals
(2) useful inventions
(3) interesting places to visit
Useful transitions: (1) for example (4) another example
(2) in particular (5) the last example
(3) for instance
Possible Topics: (1) how to change a tire
(2) how to throw a football
(3) how to cook something
(4) how to tie your shoe
Useful transitions: (1) first, second, third... (5) after
(2) then (6) before
(3) next (7) to begin with
(4) also (8) finally
Possible Topics: (1) kinds of sports
(2) kinds of bugs
(3) TV shows
(4) rock bands
Useful Transitions: (1) the first, second, third
(2) one kind / another kind
(3) one type / another type
(4) the best / worst type
Compare &
Contrast.

This paragraph is when you pick two subjects and write about how they are alike and how they are different. The organization of this paragraph depends on the topic and how much detail needs to be included to provide a sufficient explanation.
Possible Topics: (1) Why hiking is fun
(2) Traveling is fun
(3) Why you should go to Chicago
(4) The benefits of no-homework
Transitions: (1) one reason
(2) another reason
(3) the final reason
(4) the most important reason
Possible Topics: (1) Respect
(2) Freedom
(3) A friend
(4) A redneck
Post office
School
Grocery Store
Fast Food Restaurant
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