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Expository Writing

This lesson breaks down basic expository writing for elementary students (grade 4). Adapted from Randi Whitney's Writing Academy.
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Kimberly Smith

on 4 July 2013

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Transcript of Expository Writing

Expository Writing Explains Expert ...by
giving facts about a topic You are the expert! Explain your topic. Back them up with facts. Start with an introduction 1 or 2 sentences telling what your topic is. The body:
points
back-up information
splashes 5 to 7 sentences for each point, including splashes. End with a conclusion:
wrap it up
lesson learned
thoughts for the future 2 or 3 sentences that wrap it up Analyze your prompt How do you do it? Mark important words. They help you stay focused! Magnify Does the prompt have more than one part? For example: Does it ask you to write about a topic AND explain why? 1 2 Brainstorm 3 possible topics. 1. 2. 3. topic idea topic idea topic idea This takes care of the first part of the prompt. Choose one Think of points to talk about that relate to the topic idea. Point 1 Point 2 Point 3 You can even have a These should be your reasons or explanations. (Reason) (Reason) (Reason) Yes? No? It just asks me to explain something. I have to choose a topic AND explain it. State your points. SPLASHES Show your knowledge of the topic by adding SPLASHES! ...by using
the How & Why C.A.F.E.! How? How - Explain how to do something (steps). Why - Give reasons. C - caution --Warn your reader. A - anecdote F - fact E - example --a time something happened to you --true statement with a source --a time something happened to someone else So what does it look like on paper? Write a composition explaining why it is important to have a good friend. Do you remember what to do? Let's give it a try! Let's watch a quick video to help us get ideas. What did the big bird want? friends How would the story be different if his friend was there? His friend would have stuck up for him. His friend would have made him feel better if he was upset. His friend would have suggested they do something else. Congratulations! Now you have 3 points! Let's go back to our prompt. A good friend sticks up for you. A good friend makes you feel better about yourself. A good friend is someone you can do things with. Now we just need to fill in the facts and add some SPLASHES! Now it's YOUR turn! Happy writing! Move on to your points... more on that in a moment. Adapted from Randi Whitney's Writing Academy
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