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Introduction to Expository Texts

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Lenamarie Sanders

on 12 September 2013

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Transcript of Introduction to Expository Texts

Introduction to Expository Texts
Learning Goals
Types of Expository Texts
We will...
be able to describe what expository text is and identify real world examples.
We will...
be able to identify and describe the different organization patterns of expository texts
In the future...
we can use our knowledge of organizational patterns to help us better understand the author's message
What is expository text?
Expository text is a passage or article used to inform the reader. It is used to explain something new to the reader.
Let's break each one down!
Sequence/Logical Order
The author lists items or events in numerical or chronological order.

Clue words include first, second, third, next, then, and finally.
Order of Importance
When using the 'order of importance' organization pattern, information can be structured from most important to least important, or the other way around.
Description
The author explains lists characteristics, features, and examples to describe a subject.

Clue words for description include 'for example' and 'characteristics'.
Cause and Effect
The author explains one or more causes and the resulting effect or effects.

Clue words are: reasons, why, if, then, as a result, therefore, because
Problem & Solution
The author states a problem and lists one or more solutions for the problem.

Clue words are: problem is, dilemma is, puzzle is, solve, question, answer
Examples
textbooks
newspapers
magazines
directions
essays
speeches
user manual's
government booklets
We will go through each organizational pattern, or type of expository text, together.
Types of Expository Texts
Sequence/logical order
Order of Importance
Description
Compare/contrast
Cause/effect
Problem/Solution
Proposition & support
Comparison
The author explains how two or more things are alike or different

Clue words include: different, in contrast, alike, same as, on the other hand.

What diagram do you use to compare ideas?
Proposition and Support
Text that presents an idea or opinion.
Then if provides supporting sentences to show that the proposition is true.

Question: If you could present one proposition to your parents, what would it be? What would you say to support your idea?
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