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Expository Writing

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on 27 September 2012

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Transcript of Expository Writing

How to Write Effectively! Expository Writing Highlight or underline key words.
Look to see, does the prompt ask you to explain, describe or demonstrate? Read the prompt carefully! Your thesis basically sums up your thoughts and feelings on the topic in ONE sentence.

Create a thesis that will go in your introduction.

Look at the prompt. Select two to three IMPORTANT words from the prompt.

WRITE A SENTENCE that tells the reader what you are going to write about using those words in the sentence.

DO NOT USE YOU IN THE SENTENCE!!!!

This sentence will eventually go into your introduction. Thesis This is NOT the prompt! THIS is the prompt!
Notice the word WRITE! Let's step on over to
Prewriting! Sample: Athletes are not that special and have not earned a higher salary that average people.

Sample: Athletes have definitely earned the higher salary they get to play.

How does YOUR thesis sound? Now We P.E.E! Wait... What?! P.E.E. is a prewriting strategy to help organize your ideas. E- This is where you EXPLAIN your point. Your audience is not a mind reader. We do not know what you meant to say with your point, so you need to EXPLAIN your point to us. On your prewriting jot down at least two to three things we NEED to know in order to understand your point.

IN YOUR ACTUAL PAPER THIS WILL BE AT LEAST 3-5 SENTENCES LONG! Sample:
P= Athletes do not save lives or assist their community in any way, so they should not get paid more than people who do help others.
E=
not firemen or police
they just play not perform a service

Sample:
P=Athletes train and push their bodies more than the average person; therefore, they have earned more money than average people.
E=
train hours a day almost every day
risk of serious injury that can affect whole life E= This is where you give EVIDENCE or EXAMPLES to prove your point. Your audience does not trust you yet. Show them proof of what you are talking about. Jot down two EXAMPLES or pieces of EVIDENCE to show them. These must be relevant and logical! P- This is the POINT you want to make about your thesis. This is ONE sentence in which you state the main idea of your paragraph. The entire paragraph will be about this ONE POINT!

Your sentence MUST contain one of the following:
* because
* , so
* Even though,
* ; therefore,

Sample: Athletes do not save lives or assist their community in any way, so they should not get paid more than people who do help others.

Sample: Athletes train and push their bodies more than the average person; therefore, they have earned more money than average people.

Sample: Athletes do not deserve more money than regular people because they do not do anything that is important to society. Now everything can be put together as a paragraph when you write your paper! Sample:
P= Athletes do not save lives or assist their community in any way, so they should not get paid more than people who do help others.
E=
not firemen or police
they just play not perform a service
E=
fires and robberies
9/11


Sample:
P=Athletes train and push their bodies more than the average person, therefore, they have earned more money than average people.
E=
train hours a day almost every day
permanent muscle and joint damage
E=
football players train year round
by thirty their bodies are permanently injured Sample:
Athletes do not save lives or assist their community in any way, so they should not get paid more than people who do help others. They are not like firemen and police who actually help people. Those kind of people risk their lives to help others. Athletes are just people who play a game for their job. This does not help anyone in any important way. If there is a robbery or a fire people do not call football players or basketball players to come and rescue them. During 9/11, firemen and police were the ones who risked their lives to save strangers, Athletes just kept playing their games.


Sample:
Athletes train and push their bodies more than the average person, therefore they have earned more money than average people. Almost every professional athlete trains for eight hours or more a day. Their job is to keep their bodies in excellent shape or else they can get fired for being out of shape. Because they work so hard for hours a day, their bodies end up getting permanent muscle and joint damage. They tear up their bodies for their job. For example, Klein Forest football players train almost year round. They have to come up to the school during the summer and even over Christmas Break. If there is no game then they have to run plays and work out. By thirty many players have torn muscles and broken bones, so they do not move like normal people. Sample:
P= Athletes do not save lives or assist their community in any way, so they should not get paid more than people who do help others.
E=
not firemen or police
they just play not perform a service
E=
fires and robberies
9/11


Sample:
P=Athletes train and push their bodies more than the average person; therefore, they have earned more money than average people.
E=
train hours a day almost every day
permanent muscle and joint damage
E=
football players train year round
by thirty their bodies are permanently injured Prewriting is important because it allows you to THINK and REFLECT on what you want to say. Time is limited, so this will help you FOCUS your ideas.
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