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What Is An Expository Paragraph?
1. EXPLAINS and REVEALS information

2. Explain a subject, give directions, or show how to do something.

3. A quality paragraph prepares the reader, presents the relevant data, and then summarizes the information.
How To Write An
Expository Paragraph
In expository writing, linking words are usually used to help readers follow the ideas.
Transition words or phrases should be used when you present a new detail. The type of transition words or phrases you use depend on whether the sentence is adding more detail, giving an example, or presenting a counter-argument .
The supporting details elaborate upon the main idea. These sentences, which come after the topic sentence, should elaborate upon the main idea by explaining the main idea more fully, answering questions the reader might have, or by giving examples.
THE CONCLUDING SENTENCE is the last sentence of the paragraph. It should either provide a new insight about the main idea based on the supporting details, or it should transition into the next paragraph if you are writing a longer essay.
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Part of Speech:
Intended to explain or describe something.
Expository Paragraph
Expository paragraphs are non-fiction writing. Their purpose is to give information to readers in an organized format. Writers give reasons, facts, or details to support a main idea.
THE TOPIC SENTENCE is the very first sentence of the paragraph and it should state the main idea of the paragraph. All of the other sentences will be about the topic that you present in the topic sentence. Many topic sentences will contain a specific or a general number word. For example, "Basketball is my favorite sport for three reasons" or "There are several reasons why I want to go to college."

There are four different components of a well-organized expository paragraph.

1. The Topic Sentence

2. The Supporting Details

3. Transition Words

4. The Concluding or Transitioning Sentence

I enjoy reading for three main reasons.

First, it makes you smarter; the more you read the more you know about the world. Second, reading helps you understand yourself better; this is because when you read, you interact with new ideas and think more and more about who you are and what you believe in. Third, I enjoy reading because it is entertaining; you can put yourself into the character's place and use your imagination to picture almost anything.
There is nothing I'd rather do in my free time than read.
Going to college can be expensive
college tuition and room and board can cost anywhere from $2,000 to more than $10,000 per semester. Other expenses make going to college even more expensive.
For example,
books typically cost between $100 and $500 each term.
, materials are also very expensive. Paper, notebooks, writing utensils, and other supplies required often cost more at the college bookstore than at any local discount department store.
For instance,
a package of notepaper costing $2 at a discount store might cost $5 at a college bookstore.
, there are all kinds of special fees added onto the bill at registration time. A college student might have to pay a $50 insurance fee, a $20 activity fee, a $15 fee to the student government association and anywhere from $500 to $100 for parking. There is another fee if a student decides to add or drop classes after registration.
The fees required to attend college never seem to end.
ACTIVITY Expository Paragraphs
Respond to the prompts with exceedingly excellent expository paragraphs. Refer to the rubric as you write to ensure you earn the score you want.

1. Name one movie you enjoy watching and explain why.
2. Name one movie you did not like and explain why.
3. If you could have any animal for a pet, what would it be and why?
4. If you won a trip for two to Hawaii, who would you take with you and why?
5. If you could live anywhere, where would you live and why?
6. if you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Chrissy is my best friend for many reasons.

First, she is always helpful.

After I had a baby, I was really tired, so she came over to hold Cameron while I took a nap.
Also, she is a good listener.

Whenever I have a problem she hears my worries and helps me decide what to do.

Finally, she is funny!

Chrissy always tells the most hilarious jokes that make me laugh.

All in all, I couldn’t ask for a better friend than Chrissy.
Topic Sentences
Power (number) Statements contain a number in the topic sentence to help to focus the writer and reader on the information to follow. Helpful number words include:

Two A few Numerous

Plenty of Three Some

A number of Four Many

A myriad of A couple Several

Example of Topic Sentences:

1. In the winter, I enjoy doing
a variety
of winter activities.

2. The new orchestra students learned
ways to improve their playing.

3. Second graders learned
ways to write topic sentences

4. My friends and I read
good books this year.

Supporting sentences
The Yellows are the Reasons, Facts, and Details (RFD’s) that support the topic sentence. Transition words are used to let the writer/reader know that a new reason, detail, or fact is being introduced. Expository paragraphs may have two, three, or more RFD’s. Here are some basic transition words, but there are many others that fit special purposes. For example, In the spring...In the summer...In the fall....In the winter...
Conclusions are the last sentences in expository paragraphs. They should remind the reader of the topic. Conclusions should use key words or synonyms. The purpose of a conclusion is to summarize information, encourage readers, convince the audience, or challenge them to think.

Rules: Writers should avoid writing things like, “Like I said,” or “That’s all about...”

Good words to use in a conclusion sentence are:

•All in all •Definitely •Obviously •Truly

•Certainly •In conclusion •Surely •Clearly

•In fact •To sum up

Examples of some good conclusion sentences are:

All in all
, Chrissy is the best friend I’ve ever had.

To sum up,
writing a paragraph is simple if you just remember to organize and use transitions.

there is no friend better than Chrissy.

, cats are the best pets any human could have.
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