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Copy of Expository Essay

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Amanda Huebner

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The Expository Essay
This isn't going to be easy.
You're almost there.
You can do it.
Try to use the third person: he/she, him/her, his/ hers, it/its
Don't get too excited and emotional
A good expository essay explains the evidence in a way that seems unbiased (not leaning to one side or the other).
Don't write in the first person:
Writing in the first-person (I, we, me, us, my, mine, our, ours) can seem--to the reader--like you are inserting an opinion.
What is an expository essay?
Now, to end it,
So how do I write?!
I'm glad you asked,
and when you should be writing... don't do this:
because I know you're thinking it's going to be a waste of time.
In fact, I ensure that this process will enrich
What is an Expository Essay?

The expository essay is a genre of essay that requires one to investigate an idea, evaluate evidence, expound on the idea, and set forth an argument concerning that idea in a clear and concise manner. This can be accomplished through comparison and contrast, definition, example, the analysis of cause and effect, etc.
Expository essays are commonly written in the 5-paragraph essay format, but--by no means--is it constrained to this style.

Some expository papers look like this:
This being said...
The structure of the expository essay is held together by the following:
A clear,
and defined thesis statement.
The reader knows what your paper will examine
Do not tell me everything you are going to tell me, in the thesis
It should present the topic of your paper.
So, what comes next?
We move on--transition.
So, let's look at some examples to help you understand how to transition:
Don't write in the second person:
When I tell "you" about what "you" should think about this topic, "you" might not want to listen to what I have to say.
Second person: you, your, yours
Using the third-person perspective makes it seem like you are willing to consider both sides of an idea.
OMG... u hear bout da party?
Each paragraph should be limited to the discussion of one general idea. This will allow for clarity and direction throughout the essay. What is more, such conciseness creates an ease of readability for one’s audience. It is important to note that each paragraph in the body of the essay must have some logical connection to the thesis statement in the opening paragraph.

Body paragraphs will include evidential support.

Evidential support--quotes and paraphrases (whether factual, logical, statistical, or anecdotal)--are the glue that keeps your paper from falling apart.
The Introduction
Where does the thesis statement go?
I'm glad you asked.
What is the problem?
Why is it important?
To whom is it important?
What is your position?
What is your roadmap?
This paper will examine...
So... you should get started with your research. And, when that's all finished...
Get started writing your body paragraphs.
You're finished.
FOR NOW....!
Do not, in any case, simply restate your thesis statement in your final paragraph.
The thesis should address:
A good introduction contains the thesis statement, as well as setting the stage for the entire paper. Consider a movie with a terrible first 10 minutes... Would you want to watch the whole thing?
Don't bore your readers. Try starting with an anecdote, quote, question, joke, etc. Catch interest!
Reflect on the essay, or add a final clinching point.
Don't give up.
Never say die.
I think I can. I think I can.
Or--if all else fails--go to...
the focus to make it seem like something which will affect humanity.
the problem posed by your thesis.
a specific course of action to correct the problem.
likes kittens
drinks a lot of water
gets good sleep
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