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Expository Writing
Step 1: Read the prompt carefully
before you begin.
• Writing Situation: Abraham Lincoln
said, “Most folks are about as ha...
Step 2: State the purpose.
Think about 3 suggestions as to how
you would live a happy life.
Step 3: Complete the graphic
organizer.
In the center box write a sentence to
convey your stand.
Step 3: Complete the graphic
organizer.
I agree with Abraham Lincoln who said,
“Most folks are about as happy as they
make...
Step 3: Complete the graphic
organizer.
I agree with Abraham Lincoln who said,
“Most folks are about as happy as they
make...
Step 3: Complete the graphic
organizer.
I agree with Abraham Lincoln who said,
“Most folks are about as happy as they
make...
Step 3: Complete the graphic
organizer.
I agree with Abraham Lincoln who said,
“Most folks are about as happy as they
make...
Step 3: Complete the graphic
organizer.
I agree with Abraham Lincoln who said,
“Most folks are about as happy as they
make...
Step 4: Add transitions.
Example: I would be
happy if I served
others through works
and deeds.
•Career Choices
•Family Obl...
Step 5: From the graphic
organizer to the paper.
Example: I would be
happy if I served
others through works
and deeds.
•Ca...
Step 6: Vocabulary
Review your paragraphs.
Can you add adjectives
(describing words)
and interesting adverbs
(describing a...
Step 6: Vocabulary
BEFORE:
Habitat for Humanity is an
outstanding way to contribute
to others’ happiness,
and your own.
AF...
Step 6: Vocabulary
BEFORE:
A happy life involves
contributing.
AFTER:
A happy life entails
contributing.
Step 6: Vocabulary
Remember: The more
sophisticated
vocabulary you use…
the higher your score.
bad
dreadful
Step 7: Visual Expression
Use metaphors and
similes to give your
essay more visual
expression.
Television
commercials
prom...
Step 8: Reread Your Work
Reread your work to make sure you have:
Stated the topic
Given your reasons in the introductory p...
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Expository Writing

  1. 1. Expository Writing
  2. 2. Step 1: Read the prompt carefully before you begin. • Writing Situation: Abraham Lincoln said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” How do you think you would live a happy life? • Think about how you will state the purpose or thesis, explain the situation, show organization, and offer persuasive evidence to validate arguments and conclusions as needed.
  3. 3. Step 2: State the purpose. Think about 3 suggestions as to how you would live a happy life.
  4. 4. Step 3: Complete the graphic organizer. In the center box write a sentence to convey your stand.
  5. 5. Step 3: Complete the graphic organizer. I agree with Abraham Lincoln who said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Write one way you feel you could live your life to be happy. Example: A truly happy life would be one that is unselfish. Example: To have lifelong happiness, I would not be focused on material possessions. Summarize your 3 reasons. Example: I would be happy if I served others through works and deeds. Write another way you feel you could live your life to be happy. Write another way you feel you could live your life to be happy. To live a truly happy life I would I serve others through works and deeds, aiming at unselfishness; my life would not be focused on material possessions. Through this lifestyle I would be able to find true happiness.
  6. 6. Step 3: Complete the graphic organizer. I agree with Abraham Lincoln who said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Write 3 details about this reason. Example: A truly happy life would be one that is unselfish. •Dedication of time •Contribute •Listening ear Example: To have lifelong happiness, I would not be focused on material possessions. •Give Me •Mine •Donations Summarize your 3 reasons. Example: I would be happy if I served others through works and deeds. •Career Choices •Family Obligations •Friends Write 3 details about this reason Write 3 details about this reason. To live a truly happy life I would I serve others through works and deeds. I would aim at unselfishness. My life would not be focused on material possessions. Through this lifestyle I would be able to find true happiness.
  7. 7. Step 3: Complete the graphic organizer. I agree with Abraham Lincoln who said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Elaborate on one detail. Example: I would be happy if I served others through works and deeds. Career Choices Family Obligations Friends ELABORATE
  8. 8. Step 3: Complete the graphic organizer. I agree with Abraham Lincoln who said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Example: Example: A truly happy life would be one that is unselfish. Dedication of time Contribute Listening ear The choice one makes in a career, such as teaching, brings happiness, watching that spark as learning take place. Elaborate on one detail.ELABORATE Habitat for Humanity is an outstanding way to contribute to others’ happiness, and your own. ssssssssssssssss
  9. 9. Step 3: Complete the graphic organizer. I agree with Abraham Lincoln who said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Example: To have lifelong happiness, I would not be focused on material possessions. •Give Me •Mine •Donations Congress can help or hinder families trying to raise their children Habitat for Humanity is an outstanding way to contribute to others’ happiness, and your own. Elaborate on one detail. Americans have a generous spirit, contributing over $679 million to charities each year. ELABORATE
  10. 10. Step 4: Add transitions. Example: I would be happy if I served others through works and deeds. •Career Choices •Family Obligations •Friends Example: A truly happy life would be one that is unselfish. Dedication of time Contribute Listening ear Example: To have lifelong happiness, I would not be focused on material possessions. Give Me Mine Donations To live a truly happy life I would I serve others through works and deeds. I would aim at unselfishness. My life would not be focused on material possessions. Through this lifestyle I would be able to find true happiness. I agree with Abraham Lincoln who said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” The choice one makes in a career, such as teaching, brings happiness watching that spark as learning take place. Habitat for Humanity is an outstanding way to contribute to others’ happiness, and your own. Americans have a generous spirit, contributing over $679 million to charities each year. For example, Moreover, In the same way, For these reasons, A list of transition words is online!
  11. 11. Step 5: From the graphic organizer to the paper. Example: I would be happy if I served others through works and deeds. •Career Choices •Family Obligations •Friends Example: A truly happy life would be one that is unselfish. Dedication of time Contribute Listening ear Example: To have lifelong happiness, I would not be focused on material possessions. Give Me Mine Donations To live a truly happy life I would I serve others through works and deeds. I would aim at unselfishness. My life would not be focused on material possessions. Through this lifestyle I would be able to find true happiness. I agree with Abraham Lincoln who said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” The choice one makes in a career, such as teaching, brings happiness watching that spark as learning take place. Habitat for Humanity is an outstanding way to contribute to others’ happiness, and your own. For example, Moreover, In the same way, For these reasons, Each square will become a paragraph. Americans have a generous spirit, contributing over $679 million to charities each year.
  12. 12. Step 6: Vocabulary Review your paragraphs. Can you add adjectives (describing words) and interesting adverbs (describing action words)? ADJECTIVES ADVERBS
  13. 13. Step 6: Vocabulary BEFORE: Habitat for Humanity is an outstanding way to contribute to others’ happiness, and your own. AFTER: Habitat for Humanity is a powerful way to contribute to others’ happiness, and your own.
  14. 14. Step 6: Vocabulary BEFORE: A happy life involves contributing. AFTER: A happy life entails contributing.
  15. 15. Step 6: Vocabulary Remember: The more sophisticated vocabulary you use… the higher your score. bad dreadful
  16. 16. Step 7: Visual Expression Use metaphors and similes to give your essay more visual expression. Television commercials promote the “mine” concept. Television commercials promote the “mine” concept making us as greedy as a pig.
  17. 17. Step 8: Reread Your Work Reread your work to make sure you have: Stated the topic Given your reasons in the introductory paragraph Have paragraphs that support each reason Elaborate on a reason in each paragraph Have a summary paragraph that restates your reasons Begin each paragraph with a transition word Include adjectives, adverbs, similes, and metaphors

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