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Expository Writing

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Anna Barr

on 15 October 2014

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Transcript of Expository Writing

Brochures, newspaper articles, research papers, journalism, resumes, memos, instruction manuals, court records, biographies, magazine articles, indexes, dictionaries, almanacs, textbooks, academic journals, flyers, leaflets, websites
Assessment Resource: Make your own newspaper clipping online
Prerequisites and Teaching Tips
Teaching Tips (cont.)
Organization types:
Process: describing how to put something together
Cause and Effect: can be split into two- one essay stating the causes and another stating the effects
Problem-Solution: state the problem, aspects of the problem, then propose a solution(s)
Description: an essay describing something in detail
Compare and Contrast: can be split apart into comparing two things or contrasting two things (they can be kept together)
Exposition can also combine these organizational types.
Differentiate between expository and argumentative writing
Encourage students to think outside of the "five paragraph essay" box and explore the possible structure of a newspaper article
Explain fully developed ideas, try and get a good understanding so when students do peer editing they can help each other out with half baked theories.
Research skills
Students must know how to find sources and pick through research.
Questions they should ask:
Is this detail important enough to be included? Why?
Should this detail be omitted? Is it relevant to the point?
Students should known how to dig deeper into a topic, beyond common knowledge.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
What is Exposition?
Works Cited
Writing to inform an audience of a specific topic.
"Expository Writing Checklist." Worksheetplace.com. Web. 8 Oct. 2014. <http://www.worksheetplace.com/index.php?function=DisplaySheet&sheet=Expository-Writing-Checklist&links=3&id=&link1=43&link2=154&link3=105>.

Blasingame, Jim, and John Bushman. "Teaching Modes." Teaching Writing in Middle and Secondary Schools. Columbus: Pearson, 2005. 78-80. Print.

"10 Ways to Develop Expository Writing Skills With the New York Times." New York Times 31 Jan. 2009. The New York Times Company. Web. 14 Oct. 2014. <http://www.nytimes.com/learning/issues_in_depth/10WritingSkillsIdeas.html>.

Desoto, Marla. "What Is Expository Writing?" Glendale Community College. Web. 14 Oct. 2014. <http://web.gccaz.edu/~mdinchak/ENG101/expository_writing.htm>.

Driscoll, Dana Lynn, and Karl Stolley. "Types of Sources." Purdue OWL: Online Writing Lab. Purdue University, 21 Feb. 2013. Web. 14 Oct. 2014.

"Types of Information Sources." How-To-Study.com. Mangrum-Strichart Learning Resources, 1 Jan. 2001. Web. 14 Oct. 2014.
Expository Writing
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Who is my Audience?
CSSS.EL-Literacy. W.11-12.2B
Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other info and examples appropriate to the audiences knowledge of the topic.
Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic.
- Use words and phrases that pertain to the topic that you have to have background knowledge of the topic to know, but explain the words and phrases you use.

-Make sure it can be understood by the simplest of minds but can also be sophisticated enough for your target audience.

-Something to clarify for our students:
Our target audience is who we want to educate, not just who may be actually reading their paper (classmates and students)
Organization resource: http://web.gccaz.edu/~mdinchak/ENG101/expository_writing.htm
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