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Transcript of ~*EXPOSITORY WRITING*~
- Cite your sources!
- Stay on topic!
- Pay attention to style!
- Be organized!
- Use facts and statistics! Don't... - Stray from your point!
- Be biased!
- Use 1st and 2nd person pronouns!
- Get too attached to traditional five paragraph essays!
- Use logical fallacies! What is expository writing? Expository writing is designed to inform the reader of a topic. It usually involves the writer putting forth a thesis then supporting their thesis with evidence. Why write exposition? Exposition is used in more places than one would think. Magazine articles, nonfiction books, newspaper articles...all expository writing! Essay Patterns Description (definition): The writer describes a topic by listing traits, features and examples. 1. Pick a topic. Do your homework. 2. Form a thesis. In-class activity Super happy fun times! (homework) It is time to prove to me that you are a ninja of expository writing. Your task is to write a newspaper article detailing an important event. Feel free to make everything up! (It's a lot more fun if you do) Formatting MLA Expository Writing The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth 3. Plan your essay. 4. Fill in the meat. 5. Write the introduction/conclusion. Sequence: The writer lists steps or events in chronological order. Comparison: The writer examines the similarities and differences of two subjects. Cause and effect: The writer lists at least one cause and examines its consequences. Problem-Solution: The writer describes a problem and goes on to list some solutions for the problem. Do's and don'ts - Use a legible font at 12pt (preferably Times New Roman)
- Double spaced lines
- ONE SPACE after end punctuation
- 1/2" indentation Hasty generalization: The writer rushes to a conclusion without sufficient facts or evidence.
Post hoc ergo propter hoc: It is assumed that since B happened after A, A must have caused B.
Genetic fallacy: Since A was originally from B, and B was evil, A must be evil too.
Circumlocution: A is a good ____ because it _____ effectively.
Extreme polarization - Reduces an issue to two extremes.
Red Herring - Rather than address the argument, the writer attacks it
Moral equivalence - Likens minor issues to major atrocities. Logical fallacies Get together with a partner (or a group of 3, depending on the amount of people). Your task is to write a brief paragraph of written exposition on a topic that you'll be pulling out of a bag in a minute. Each slip has the pattern and topic - you come up with the rest!