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Expository Essay

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Transcript of Expository Essay

Expository Essay
Major Parts of the Essay
Why write
exposition?

Exposition is used in more places than one would think. Where might you see expository texts?
Problem-Solution
Expository writing is designed to communicate ideas and information to specific audiences for specific purposes.
Conclusion
Body
What is expository writing?
Introduction
Compare-Contrast
Essay Patterns
Description
The writer describes a topic by listing traits, features, and examples.
Sequence
The writer lists steps or events in chronological order.
The writer examines similarities and differences of two subjects.
The writer lists at least one cause and examines its consequences.
The writer describes a problem and goes on to list some solutions for the problem.
"Hook" the reader with lead
End with a thesis sentence
Well-developed ideas
Transitions
Well-chosen details
Leave the reader with something to think about
Restate the thesis (not word for word)
Quick Write: Take two minutes and write down everything you know, or think you know, about expository writing and texts.
Magazine articles
Newspaper Articles
Text books
Cook books
Policies
Resumes
Professional E-mail
Examples
Brochures
3. Writing a Thesis Statement
A thesis is required for every expository essay. The purpose of a thesis is to provide the reader with an overview of what information they are about to receive.
Your thesis must:
have a claim (abstract - opinion)
have a premise (concrete - evidence)
2. Brainstorm
Dogs are good
pets.
Provide
Services
Provide
protection
Can be
trained
Provide
Companionship
Loyal
1. Deconstruct the Prompt
Prompt: Explain why dogs are good pets.
What are the question(s) of the prompt? Turn the
prompt into a question.
Why are dogs good pets?
Example:

Dogs are great pets because they can provide services and protection.
premise (concrete)
claim (abstract)
4. Outline
Dogs are great pets because they can provide services and protection.
1st Body Paragraph
Topic Sentence:
Dogs are great pets because they provide services.
Details and examples:
Dogs can be used to help people with disabilities
sense seizures before they happen
help the hearing impaired
help those that are blind or have poor eyesight
contact emergency help
2nd Body Paragraph
Topic Sentence:
Dogs are great pets because they provide protection.
Details and examples:
Barking
Alerts the owner that someone is around or something is off.
Can also scare away intruders
Physical Barrier
Dogs will protect by placing themselves in harms way
Some dogs will attack someone trying to harm others.
Introduction
Thesis Statement:
Conclusion
Restate Thesis:
Since they are able to provide many types if services as well as protection, dogs are considered to be great pets.
Topic Sentences are the first sentence of each body paragraph. They are essentially mini thesis'. They let the reader know what the paragraph is going to be about and what type of information they are going to find there.
Practice
Look at prompts for the different patterns of expository essays. Brainstorm some ideas to write about and construct a thesis for each prompt.
Facebook is a great tool for people to use because you can connect with others, it can help you organize your events, and it allows you to share important information easily.
Description
When a cell begins to function abnormally, it can initiate a process that results in cancer.
Sequence
Because of the increasing number of technological advances, many professions are becoming obsolete.
Cause & Effect
Truancy has become a major issue in many schools that can be solved by extending the time between classes and assigning lunch detention for students who are late.
Problem & Solution
Although both depend on internal combustion, the rotary automobile engine is a significant improvement over the conventional automobile engine.
Compare & Contrast
Cause & Effect
Steps for Writing an Essay
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