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Expository Essays

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Transcript of Expository Essays

First: Look at the Prompt!
Look at the prompt and consider what it is asking.

Prompt: Write an essay explaining the importance of getting to know people before forming an opinion about them.

How would you answer this question? Take a position.

Now, find an example that proves or explains why you answered the way you did. (CHEFS/HELP)
Writing a Thesis
Remember:
Your thesis is the
foundation of your paper
and
it's in the prompt!

Thesis =
What
+
Why

What

are you writing about?

What

statement are you making?

Why

is this statement correct or true?
Explain why!

(Salem Witch Trials)
Building a Body Paragraph
Introduction
Start with a
hook
to grab your reader's attention.

Add another sentence or two that
leads the reader from the hook to the thesis
.

Then write the
thesis
as the
last sentence in your introduction
.
The Basics
A great essay
always
includes:

Introduction

Thesis Statement

Body Paragraph with Example

Conclusion that Restates Thesis
Let's Practice
Prompt:
Write an essay
explaining
the
importance of getting to know people before forming an opinion about them
.
How to Write Expository Essays
It is important to get to know people before forming an opinion of them,

because first impressions can be wrong.
Explain WHY you think it is/isn't important!
Generating Examples
Before we start to write, we need an
example to support our position.
Use your CHEFS/HELP chart to think of some ideas!
History Example: Salem Witch Trials
"Burn the witch!" was a common phrase heard in the colonies during the infamous Salem Witch Trials.

During this time, it was common to accuse someone of being a witch simply because they looked or acted different from everyone else. Many times, innocent people were punished based only on this first impression.
It is important to get to know people before forming an opinion, because first impressions can be wrong.
Sample Introduction
Be sure to complete the 5Ws & 1H (save them for your paragraph!)
Your paragraph is practically done!
Just use the 5Ws & 1H with your example!
Who:
"Witches" & accusers

What:
Judged by others, wrongly accused of witchcraft

When:
Colonial Times, 1692

Where:
Salem, MA

Why:
People feared witches as threat to Christianity, suspicious of everyone

How:
Based on first impressions, people were wrongly accused of witchcraft and killed
Paragraph Building Example
Just answer these questions in sentences (with your 5Ws & 1H)!
1. What
happened and
who
is involved?

During the Salem Witch Trials
, many were
judged by others
and
wrongly accused
of witchcraft.

2. When
did it happen and
where
? Give me
more details
about the example!

These accusations
occurred in Salem
,
Massachusetts

during Colonial Times
, when
colonists were constantly suspicious of witchcraft
and threats to Christianity.

3. Why
and
how
does this example
connect to your thesis statement
?

The colonists of Salem
formed opinions of others

before getting to know them
and
formed the wrong first impression
.
As a result, many innocent people were accused of witchcraft and were unfairly punished
.
During the Salem Witch Trials, many were judged by others and wrongly accused of witchcraft.

These accusations occurred in Salem, Massachusetts during Colonial Times, when colonists were constantly suspicious of witchcraft and threats to Christianity.

The colonists of Salem formed opinions of others before getting to know them and formed the wrong first impression. As a result, many innocent people were accused of witchcraft and were unfairly punished.
All of your answers together form a completed paragraph:
Who/What

When/Where

Why/How
Conclusion
A sentence that
summarizes, or explains your example.

A sentence that
connects the example to the thesis
.

A sentence that
restates your thesis.

Sample Conclusion
The colonists in Salem randomly accused others of witchcraft, without bothering to get to know the person they were accusing.
They relied on first impressions to judge others, and because of this, many people were wrongly accused of witchcraft.

The tragic events of the Salem Witch trials show the importance of getting to know people before forming an opinion of them, because first impressions can often be wrong.
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