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Expository Essay Lesson
Transcript of Expository Essay Lesson
The expository essay is a genre of essay that requires the student to investigate an idea, evaluate evidence, expound on the idea, and set forth an argument concerning that idea in a clear and concise manner. This can be accomplished through definition, example, the analysis of cause and effect, etc. Expository essays are commonly written in the 5-paragraph essay format (intro, body, body, body, conclusion), but by no means is it confined to these guidelines.
Some look like this: your This being said... The structure of the expository essay is held together by the following: A clear, concise, and defined thesis statement. Clear: The reader knows what your paper will examine Concise: Do not tell everything you are going to tell in the thesis Defined: It should present the topic of your paper. So, what comes next? We move on--transition. Don't write in the second person: When I tell "you" about what "you" should think about this topic, "you" might not want to listen to what I have to say. Second person: you, your, yours Using the third-person perspective makes it seem like you are willing to consider both sides of an idea. OMG... u hear bout da party? Each paragraph should be limited to the discussion of one general idea. This will allow for clarity and direction throughout the essay. What is more, such conciseness creates an ease of readability for one’s audience. It is important to note that each paragraph in the body of the essay must have some logical connection to the thesis statement in the opening paragraph.
Body paragraphs will include evidential support.
Evidential support--quotes, details, examples, and paraphrases (whether factual, logical, statistical, or anecdotal)--are the glue that keeps your paper from falling apart. The Introduction Where does the thesis statement go? AGAIN!... I'm glad you asked. What is the problem? Why is it important? To whom is it important? What is your position? What is your roadmap? This paper will examine... X-ray Yucatan Zulu So... you should get started with your research. And, when that's all finished... Get started writing your body paragraphs. Relax... You're finished. FOR NOW....! Do not, in any case, simply restate your thesis statement in your final paragraph. The thesis should address: A good introduction contains the thesis statement, as well as setting the stage for the entire paper. Consider a movie with a terrible first 10 minutes... Would you want to watch the whole thing?
Don't bore your readers. Use an interesting lead. Try starting with an anecdote, sound, metaphor, quote, question, etc. Catch interest! Readress thesis in the light of the new evidence. And when you're done with that
Or--if all else fails--go to... W iden A nswer R ecommend the focus to make it seem like something which will affect humanity. the problem posed by your thesis. a specific course of action to correct the problem. Notes:
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gets good sleep and A transition needs to be logical and clear in between the introduction, body, and conclusion. 2nd person is acceptable ONLY if you're giving instructions, like a How to essay. Logical Clear
Transitions cannot simply be added to the essay without planning Transitions make the organization of an essay easier to follow