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  • EXEMplification/illustration
    The Patterns of Paragraph and Essay Development
  • Definition of Exemplification/Illustration
    Exemplification means "giving examples". 
    Illustration means "making ideas clearer by giving examples or by using diagrams or pictures".
    Exemplification/Illustration is simply proving or supporting your point, or thesis with examples. 
    In this type of essay, examples act as supporting material to explain or clarify the generalization.
  • It uses a list of:
    Anecdotes (brief stories)
    Other kinds of specific items
    to make a general statement more understandable, more clear, and/or more convincing.
    Writers use exemplification to create interest, clarify ideas or convince.
  • Features of Exemplification/Illustration
    The structure of these essays usually begin with a topic sentence or main idea, and then use more and more vivid examples to prove the point to be true.
    Effective examples should enhance your writing, giving your essay vitality and intensity.
  • Types of Examples
    Examples that illustrate - use concrete examples to illustrate an idea.
    Examples that explain - give an explanation to illustrate a concept.
    Examples that tell a story - use a short story to illustrate a point.
    Examples that describe - use examples to make help the reader visualize a scene or a thing.
  • Examples that Illustrate
    . . . Muslim women are active, assertive and engaged in society. In Qatar, women make up the majority of graduate-school students. The Iranian parliament has more women members than the U.S. Senate. Throughout the world, many Muslim women are educated and professionally trained; they participate in public debates, are often catalysts for reform and champions for their own rights.
  • Examples that Explain
    But I came to realize that those husbands who helped very little at home were often just as deeply affected as their wives - through the resentment their wives felt toward them and through their own need to steel themselves against that resentment.
  • Examples that tell a story
    One day, rushing into the office of a magazine I was writing for with a deadline story in hand, I was mistaken for a burglar. The office manager called security and, with an ad hoc posse, pursued me through the labyrinthine halls, nearly to me editor’s door.
  • Examples that Describe
    In Berkeley, there are wheelchair users on ever corner. Propped in sagging hospital-issue chairs. Space-age sports chairs. Motor-driven dreadnoughts.
  • Length of Examples
    Essays often combine both brief and extended examples.
    Brief. These examples appear rather frequently within the essay, and they usually function as concrete examples of straightforward ideas. 
    Extended. These examples contain more detail. Such detail is needed because extended examples function as concrete illustrations of ideas that are too complex to be made clear by a brief example. 
  • How can writers and readers tell exemplification from other types?
    Look for a thesis followed by a number of examples that support it in a parallel manner.
    Identify the types of examples. If there seems to be a story, ask, "Is it one story, or several stories?" Several stories indicate exemplification. If there is only one story, the dominant method of development is narrative, not exemplification.
    Look for transitional expressions that indicate illustration:
    For instance
    Another instance of
    For example
    Another example of
    To illustrate
  • Another illustration of
    A case in point is
    Here are a few examples
    Some instances
    One such in particular
    Yet another
    One illustration of this idea
    The more of the above that a paragraph or essay includes, the more likely it is to be illustration.
  • How to Write an Exemplification Essay
    The examples used in your essay must be relevant, that is they must be directly to the point. Find as many examples as possible and then be choosey about what you include, using the strongest, most representative, examples. If they lead to unexpected conclusions consider altering your essay thesis in light of the new evidence. Make every example work in your favor.
  • Decide on a topic. Basically, what generalization do you want to exemplify?
    Determine a purpose. What angle of the generalization do you want to present to the reader? Having a clear purpose will help you choose examples and write your thesis.
    Think about your audience. How do you think members of the audience feel about the generalization that you are discussing?
  • Make a list of examples related to your generalization. Initially list all examples that you can think of--you will narrow them down later.
    Choose examples from the list that are relevant to your purpose. Make sure that all of the ones that you choose support the generalization.
    Write a thesis statement. The thesis statement should state the generalization that you are exemplifying and make it clear that you are attempting to support it with examples.
  • Write an introduction that lets your reader know what to expect from your essay and states the thesis.
    Write a well-developed body that supports the thesis. The body should fully support the generalization. Each paragraph should directly relate to the thesis.
    Arrange your examples logically. It may be important to categorize examples if you have a lot of them so that you don't confuse your reader.
  • Use transition words and phrases to guide readers through your essay.
    Write a conclusion that sums up the essay's main points and restates the thesis. Remember to make it clear in the conclusion what you want readers to take away with them.
  • Outline
    I. Introduction that uses a college level strategy, tells how the subject came up, states the thesis in the pattern above, and names the audience who can benefit from knowing the information.
    II. Body
    A. Example 1 B. Example 2 C. Example 3
    III. Conclusion
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