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Expository Writing

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Jillian Lemma

on 28 November 2013

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Transcript of Expository Writing

Biographical Writing
Expository Writing
What is Expository Writing?
Factual; its purpose is to convey information about the world. Used to explain something, provide instruction, or present information.
Focuses on a single topic
Applies expository text structures
Includes the topic, focus, and grabs the readers' attention in the beginning
Presents information using topic sentences, supporting facts, and specific details in middle paragraphs
Includes transitions between paragraphs
Sums up ideas and makes final comments about the topic in the conclusion
Uses nonfiction features and reader-friendly formatting to guide readers
Expository Text Structures
Cause and Effect
Problem and Solution
Discussion Questions:
How have you seen expository writing taught or used in your placement?
When would you use expository writing in your classroom?
Do you think that you would use the graphic organizers in the packet? Why or why not?
What other tools could you use besides the graphic organizers that we have shown you?

An Effective Expository Writer...
Expository Text Structures
Lists characteristics, features, and examples
Used to provide general information about a nonfiction topic
Different from descriptive writing genre
Used to explain how things are alike and/or different
Key words include 'different', 'in contrast', 'alike', 'same as'
Cause and Effect
Explains one or more causes and resulting effects
Key phrases include 'reasons why', 'if...then', 'as a result', 'therefore', 'because'
Students may write about the why, effects, or causes of a topic
Problem and Solution
Similar to the descriptive text structure in expository writing.
Different because the descriptive writing genre is focused on adding figurative language and sensory words to elaborate on a topic
Similar to the sequence text structure in expository writing.
Different because the sequence text structure organizes just the events where as biographical tells the entire story of someones life.
Explains a problem and suggests one or more solutions
Possible variation is question-and-answer format
Key words and phrases include: 'the problem is', 'solve', and 'question and answer'
Descriptive Writing
How does Expository Writing compare to other genres?
Persuasive Writing
Similar because both genres present factual knowledge.
Different because expository writing just states the facts, whereas persuasive writing sways you towards the author's argument
List items or events in chronological order
Key words include 'first', 'next', 'then', 'finally', etc.
Used to write directions, sequence events, and in alphabet and number books
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