Expository essays

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Expository essays

  1. 1. Expository essays are simply essays that explain something with facts, as opposed to opinion. Samples of expository essays include: Essays that described how to do something. Essays that analyze events, ideas, objects, or written works. Essays that describe a process. Essays that explain/describe an historical event.
  2. 2. Expository essays When writing your expository essay, follow these eight basic steps:• Select a topic: Be sure the topic is narrow enough to make it manageable within the space of an essay.• Organize the essay (outline): Begin by listing the major divisions which the body paragraphs in your essay will discuss; then fill in the primary supports that each body paragraph of the essay will contain• Write a thesis sentence: Be sure the thesis statement(or sentence) expresses a controlling idea that is neither too broad nor too specific to be developed effectively
  3. 3. Expository essays• Select a method of development: Check through all the methods before you finally settle on the one which will best serve your thesis:• definition | example | compare and contrast | cause and effect | classification | process analysis• Write topic sentences for the body paragraphs of the essay: For each body paragraph, furnish a topic sentence that directly relates to the thesis sentence• Write the body paragraphs of the essay: Each body paragraph should develop the primary support covered in that paragraphs topic sentence• Furnish a paragraph of introduction: An introductory paragraph should state the thesis of the essay, introduce the divisions in the body paragraphs of the essay, and gain the interest of the reader• Write a paragraph of conclusion: – Restate the thesis and divisions of the essay – Bring the essay to an appropriate and effective close – Avoid digressing into new issues
  4. 4. Structure of a general expository essay• Introduction Opening sentence, context, thesis statement• Body paragraphs Topic sentence, supporting evidence, analysis, transition• Conclusion
  5. 5. IDEAS FOR EXPOSITORY ESSAYS• Explain why you are interested in teaching foreign languages.• Explain why college students do drugs.• Explain how music affects your life.• Describe the implications of dropping out college.• Describe the effects of marijuana.• Explain the consequences of having a job while in college.

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