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The Modes of Discourse—Exposition, Description, Narration, Argumentation (EDNA)—are common paper assignments you may encounter in your writing classes. Although these genres have been criticized by some composition scholars, the Purdue OWL recognizes the wide spread use of these approaches and students’ need to understand and produce them.
What is an expository essay?
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 comparison and contrast, definition, example, the analysis of cause and effect, etc.
Please note : This genre is commonly assigned as a tool for classroom evaluation and is often found in various exam formats.
The structure of the expository essay is held together by the following.
- A clear, concise, and defined thesis statement that occurs in the first paragraph of the essay.
It is essential that this thesis statement be appropriately narrowed to follow the guidelines set forth in the assignment. If the student does not master this portion of the essay, it will be quite difficult to compose an effective or persuasive essay.
- Clear and logical transitions between the introduction, body, and conclusion.
Transitions are the mortar that holds the foundation of the essay together. Without logical progression of thought, the reader is unable to follow the essay’s argument, and the structure will collapse.
- Body paragraphs that include evidential support.
Each paragraph should be limited to the exposition 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.
- Evidential support (whether factual, logical, statistical, or anecdotal).
Often times, students are required to write expository essays with little or no preparation; therefore, such essays do not typically allow for a great deal of statistical or factual evidence.
- A bit of creativity!
Though creativity and artfulness are not always associated with essay writing, it is an art form nonetheless. Try not to get stuck on the formulaic nature of expository writing at the expense of writing something interesting. Remember, though you may not be crafting the next great novel, you are attempting to leave a lasting impression on the people evaluating your essay.
- A conclusion that does not simply restate the thesis, but readdresses it in light of the evidence provided.
It is at this point of the essay that students will inevitably begin to struggle. This is the portion of the essay that will leave the most immediate impression on the mind of the reader. Therefore, it must be effective and logical. Do not introduce any new information into the conclusion; rather, synthesize and come to a conclusion concerning the information presented in the body of the essay.
A complete argument
Perhaps it is helpful to think of an essay in terms of a conversation or debate with a classmate. If I were to discuss the cause of the Great Depression and its current effect on those who lived through the tumultuous time, there would be a beginning, middle, and end to the conversation. In fact, if I were to end the exposition in the middle of my second point, questions would arise concerning the current effects on those who lived through the Depression. Therefore, the expository essay must be complete, and logically so, leaving no doubt as to its intent or argument.
The five-paragraph Essay
A common method for writing an expository essay is the five-paragraph approach. This is, however, by no means the only formula for writing such essays. If it sounds straightforward, that is because it is; in fact, the method consists of:
- an introductory paragraph
- three evidentiary body paragraphs
- a conclusion
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Expository essays are frequently assigned in English classes and are evaluated in various standardized exams.
But what exactly is an expository essay, and how do you write a good one?
In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to pen a high-scoring expository paper.
What Is an Expository Essay?
The word expository means “intended to explain or describe something.”
An expository essay requires you to investigate an idea, gather supporting evidence, and present your point of view on a topic.
- You may be wondering how this differs from a persuasive essay.
- While both essay types require you to provide evidence to support a claim, persuasive essays are more argumentative.
A persuasive essay includes a counterargument, which addresses and rebuts an opposing viewpoint.
Expository essays, on the other hand, focus on clearly explaining and supporting your point of view.
Parts of an Expository Essay
A strong expository essay should consist of:
- An introductory paragraph with a clear thesis
- Evidence that supports the thesis (typically in three body paragraphs)
- A conclusion
Below, we’ll look at how to construct the expository essay piece by piece.
For clarity, we’ll focus on a somewhat formulaic process for expository writing.
Once you’ve mastered these basics, you can take risks and sprinkle more creativity throughout your essays.
The introduction frames the topic of your essay.
It also provides readers with any necessary background information or context.
A simple format for your introduction is:
- Grabber/Hook – A compelling sentence or two that draws readers into your essay.
- Background Information (as needed) – Any basic information the reader needs to know about the topic to understand your essay.
- Thesis Statement – This is the most important sentence of your entire essay. See below for more information.
The thesis statement is the roadmap for your entire essay, so it must be clear and concise. It should state your point of view on the topic.
- The thesis may also briefly mention the supporting evidence you’ll expand on in the body of the essay.
For instance, a thesis statement might say:
Students should read more literature because it improves vocabulary, reading comprehension, and empathy.
The writer’s viewpoint is immediately clear: Students should read more literature.
The writer also indicates that her supporting evidence will mention several benefits of reading literature: improved vocabulary, better reading comprehension, and increased empathy.
- Most likely, each of these points will form one of the writer’s body paragraphs.
If your teacher (or a standardized test) assigns you a topic, here’s another way to think of a thesis statement: The thesis is your answer to the question being asked.
- Let’s say you receive a prompt that says, “Your community is thinking of starting a program encouraging people to limit car usage. Explain how limiting car usage would benefit your community.”
This prompt is essentially asking, “How would limiting car usage benefit your community ?”
- Thus, your thesis could answer the question by saying something like, “Limiting car usage would benefit the community because it would decrease traffic, improve public health, and reduce air pollution.”
This approach ensures that you’re on topic and directly addressing the prompt.
Once you’ve clearly stated your point of view, it’s time to support it. To do this, you’ll need evidence . Sometimes, this will mean doing your own research.
On other occasions, especially exams, you’ll be provided with relevant resources.
These may include newspaper articles, primary sources, photos, or even audio recordings.
- Your job is to sort through these resources and find evidence that supports your thesis. It’s important to note that if you can’t find evidence supporting your thesis, you’ll need to change it.
Strong evidence may include research findings, quotes from experts, and statistics. Make sure that your evidence is from credible sources and clearly supports your thesis statement.
After finding your supporting evidence, you’ll organize it into body paragraphs, typically three of them.
Each body paragraph should focus on one general idea.
In addition, each of these general ideas should be logically connected to your thesis statement.
- Your body paragraphs should start with a topic sentence that introduces the idea that the body paragraph will elaborate upon.
Remember our sample thesis about students reading more literature?
- The topic sentence of the first body paragraph could read, “To start with, reading literature is essential because it expands students’ vocabulary.”
After the topic sentence, the paragraph should introduce 2-3 pieces of evidence supporting this idea.
If a piece of evidence doesn’t clearly relate to the body paragraph’s topic sentence, it needs to be moved or deleted.
When you introduce a piece of evidence, follow it up with a sentence analyzing the evidence in your own words.
- Explain the connection between the evidence and your thesis statement.
- How does it support your point of view?
- How do you interpret this evidence?
Remember that essays don’t only reflect your writing skills; they also reflect your critical thinking skills.
Instead of merely quoting evidence, you must also explain your thought process.
As a result, an effective body paragraph can follow this formula:
- Topic sentence
- Evidence #1
- Analysis of Evidence #1
- Evidence #2
- Analysis of Evidence #2
- Evidence #3 (Optional)
- Analysis of Evidence #3 (Optional)
- Concluding/transitional sentence
The final sentence of the body paragraph should remind readers of the paragraph’s main point and connect it to the next paragraph.
Transitions are important because they help readers follow your train of thought without confusion.
They smoothly guide readers through your paper.
Transition words and phrases include:
- For example
- For instance
- To illustrate
- On the other hand
- As a result
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Like stories, essays have a beginning, middle, and end.
- The introduction is your beginning, the body paragraphs form the middle, and the conclusion brings the paper to an end.
The conclusion synthesizes the information included in your essay.
As the name suggests, it also draws a conclusion from the information presented.
- Instead of simply restating the thesis, you should revisit the thesis in light of the supporting evidence you’ve provided. Do not introduce any new information in the conclusion.
Remember that the conclusion is your last chance to make an impression on the reader. It should be logical and convincing.
Try to end with a strong and/or memorable final sentence.
In total, an expository essay includes these pieces:
- Background information
– Body paragraphs (usually three)
- Synthesis of evidence
- Explanation of what this evidence shows (connected to thesis)
- Strong final sentence
If you include each of these pieces, you’ll have a clear, logical, and effective expository essay.
Once you become comfortable following this formula, you may wish to vary it or infuse it with your own style.
Just make sure that all the essential pieces are present in your essay.
The Expository Essay Writing Process
Before you can effectively assemble an expository essay, you’ll need to gather information and plan your approach.
Typically, the writing process includes:
- Carefully reading the prompt (if applicable)
- Gathering evidence
Let’s take a closer look at each step in the process.
1. Reading the Prompt
If you’re provided with a prompt, understanding it is an essential first step.
Misinterpreting the prompt will result in a low score, even if your essay is well-written.
- Read the prompt at least 2-3 times, underline key words and phrases. If the prompt is complicated, you may want to rewrite it in your own words.
Does the prompt have multiple parts? If so, make sure you understand each part and that your essay clearly addresses all of them.
Once you’ve read the prompt, begin brainstorming how you will approach it.
- If you’ve been provided with relevant resources, this may also include a first read-through or skimming of these texts.
What position will you take? How are you planning to support your viewpoint? Jot down any idea that pops into your head.
- It doesn’t matter if the idea is good—right now, you’re just trying to find inspiration. You’ll change, add, or remove information later.
If you haven’t been provided with a prompt, you’ll need to brainstorm a topic that interests you.
It should also be a topic on which you’re at least somewhat knowledgeable.
3. Gathering Evidence
At this point, you’ll find evidence that supports your point of view.
- It helps to write at least a rough draft of your thesis statement before beginning this step.
- This way, you’ll have a clear idea of what sort of evidence you need to find.
After writing your thesis statement, find credible evidence that supports it.
- This may require you to go to the library or browse scholarly databases on the Internet.
Alternatively, you may have been provided with resources.
In that case, read through the resources carefully, underlining or circling evidence that reinforces your thesis.
Planning ensures that your essay is organized, focused, and cohesive.
It also allows you to catch potential mistakes before they happen.
- For instance, you might realize that some of your evidence doesn’t fit, or that one of your body paragraphs is lacking support.
You can then address these areas of weakness before writing your essay.
- At the top of your planning sheet (or a document on your computer) write your thesis statement.
- Continually reference the thesis to ensure that you’re focused and on topic.
- Next, determine the focus of each body paragraph and the 2-3 pieces of evidence that will support it.
Sometimes, students think that planning is too time-consuming.
However, a plan will save you time in the long run.
With all your quotes and evidence organized in one place, writing your essay is much faster and easier.
Once you have a completed plan, begin writing your essay.
- Remember to analyze each piece of evidence and clearly connect your points with transitions.
Use a formal, academic tone and avoid slang or overly casual language.
Vary your sentence structure, including both short and long sentences. Pay attention to spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Students often skip the revising and editing step of the writing process.
This is a mistake. Slowly read through your essay at least once before submitting it.
- Look for misspelled words, incorrect verb tenses, and punctuation or grammar mistakes. Does your writing flow well? Does everything make sense?
- Are all of your points clear? Have you used the same word or phrase repetitively? (If you have, try to substitute a synonym.) Did you use transitions connecting your ideas?
Ensure that you submit the best, most polished version of your essay possible. Mistakes and unclear sentences make a poor impression.
Advice From the Experts:
From Dr. Carrie Brown, professor of English and creative writing at Sweet Briar College and novelist :
When I’m working with students on expository writing — on writing in any rhetorical mode, really — I remind them that almost inevitably they have to stumble their way through some lousy sentences before they discover what they actually want to say. (This takes us back to that famous question: How do I know what I mean until I see what I say?) Some messy writing usually precedes orderly, elegant writing, and every writer needs patience during that messy process, because that process is important: out of that process emerges clear thinking, which is the true key to clear writing. Once writers have waded around in the muck for a while, then they can step back and examine those sentences or numbered phrases or bulleted points — whatever method felt most natural to the writer by which to set down emerging thoughts — to discover which are relevant, which are simply repetitions of earlier thoughts, which are superfluous or meaningless, and in what order they ought to proceed. A trick that seems to work for students with a strong tendency toward auditory learning can actually record themselves speaking aloud, trying to address the topic, and then play back that recording, meanwhile transposing ideas — and usually improving and clarifying them — as they go.
From Adam Cole, author and writing expert:
Know your audience – Whatever you are writing, you will get the best results if you are thinking about who is reading it, why they are reading it, and what you should do to make sure the interaction between you and the reader is optimal. While the audience for an expository piece may be obvious, writing directly to that audience is not so obvious. It affords you an opportunity to think clearly and write clearly without having to worry about your identity, ego or success. If you are in school, the audience for expository writing is your professor, and you should be fulfilling the boxes in their rubric to the letter. If they haven’t given you a rubric, ask for one. If they won’t, find one or create one based on conversations with them, their former students, or another professor.
From Tangela Walker-Craft – Simply Necessary, Inc. , Family and Parenting Blogger:
Write in complete sentences. Write in paragraph form. Each paragraph should contain 3 to 5 sentences for short essay questions, and 5 to 10 sentences for long essay questions. Vary sentence length and structure; try not to begin sentences with the same word or words. Use facts and information taken from reading passages to answer questions; refer back to the reading passage to stay focused. Underline important information in reading passages to make it easier to go back to them when answering questions. Proofread. Proofreading sentences backwards makes finding spelling mistakes and punctuation errors easier because it forces test-takers to focus on individual words instead of automatically “seeing” what he or she intended to write.
From Peter Donahue, a writing expert and teacher:
1. Write for clarity, not formality. As a teacher, I see a lot of expository writing where the writer is more concerned with following the conventions of academic jargon than she is with expressing ideas. A good example is the use of “utilize” instead of “use,” because it “sounds more formal,” or the avoidance of the pronoun “I” because it “sounds too informal.” So, rather than trying to appear formal, expository writing should aim to be clear. George Orwell’s 1946 essay, “Politics and the English Language,” says more on this topic, and is a worthwhile read. 2. Think synthetically, write analytically. Synthetic thinking starts with small details, or an open-ended question. As thoughts continue to develop, the main idea is clarified (or discovered) at the end the process. Contrariwise, Analytical thinking starts with a “given:” a major premise or generalization. It then proceeds to break down the main idea into its components and deal with each separately. Expository writing is usually presented most effectively in an analytic format — the main idea first, the support afterwards. On the other hand, literary writing, like a poem or discursive essay, is often presented synthetically. The key is knowing the difference between thought process and written format. We can think something synthetically, and then write it analytically. And in fact, this process can be the key to effective expository writing for many people. Don’t assume that because a thesis appears in the first paragraph, you have to think of it first. You could try drafting it synthetically, to clarify your thinking. Then rewrite it analytically to present it more effectively for your reader.
From Jessica Moody, curriculum expert :
Expository writing is first about structure, second about clarity, and third about content. Depending on the type of expository writing there is a specific structure expected. Even in college essays each sentence on the essay has a purpose and can be labeled as a thesis statement, topic sentence, evidence, or explanation of evidence. If the structure is not there, most of the time there is not much clarity and the content is lacking because it is confusing. This is the same for any type of expository writing. My suggestion for people becoming better at expository writing is to study the structure of the piece, the paragraph structures and the sentence structures. If you understand how to break down the structure then you can learn to replicate any style or form you want.
Final Touches: Expository Essay Writing
Writing an excellent expository essay isn’t as complicated as it seems. Simply follow the steps and include the essential pieces outlined here.
Your essay is sure to showcase both your thinking and writing skills —and earn you a high score!
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How to Write an Expository Essay
Every student has to write an expository essay at least once in their educational career. These are actually fairly simple essays to write, but they do require some serious research skills. Like most academic essays, the expository essay requires formal writing with an introduction, body, and conclusion.
- Focus on the thesis
- Listen to the assignment
- Explain, don’t argue
- Revise and edit, revise and edit
- Choosing the right topic
Tips for Writing a Kick-Butt Essay
Want to really impress your professor? Here are a few ways you can turn an ordinary essay into something that will blow their socks off.
Focus on the Thesis
Your thesis is the central point of the entire essay, so if it’s amazing, you’re off to a great start. Begin with this and make sure you decide on something that is impressive to kick off the essay.
Listen to the Assignment
Your professor may give you hints on what they’re looking for. If you just write down the basics of the assignment, you could miss out on some key points. For example, your professor may hint at a preferred topic or give tips that could result in a higher score. Write it all down and then analyze what is wanted before you write.
Long before you actually put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard to write the essay, you need to complete the pre-writing phase. This is where you do research and outline your essay. You’ll be amazed at how much better your writing is when you have these basic elements in place first. If you need help with these basic elements consider using an Expository Essay Template.
Explain, Don’t Argue
If you’re not careful, an expository essay can turn into a persuasive or argumentative essay. Focus on explaining the topic, rather than convincing people of something about it.
Revise and Edit, Revise and Edit
Going over the essay once to edit and polish isn’t really enough. If you’re tight on time, such as when writing an essay for an exam, just once will do. However, if you have time, it’s a good idea to edit immediately, then let the essay sit overnight or even longer. When you come back, you won’t be as close to the writing and can look at it more objectively.
Choosing the Right Topic
Topics for an expository essay vary widely, but ideally, you should select something you’re interested in writing about. Topics can answer a question such as “How can we prevent bullying in school?” or they can describe something like a historical building in your area. Other interesting topics to inspire you include:
- How does technology affect our relationships?
- How to treat a burn
- What are the must-haves for a freshman in college?
- How to handle anxiety attacks naturally
- How to train your dog to stop barking on command
- Research the history of a monument in your area
- Why roller skating is a great exercise
As you can see, there’s no limit to the types of topics you can choose for your essay and it really comes down to what the professor assigns you and what you enjoy writing about. How narrow your topic is will also depend on how much you plan to write. An entire history of the Civil War won’t fit into two page, for example, so you’ll need to narrow it down to a specific battle or element of the Civil War.
Writing an expository essay can actually be a fun experience if you approach it the right way. When you enjoy the topic and are interested in it, your essay will show that and will stand out from those written out of boredom.
Finally, if you’re ever facing writer’s block for your college paper, consider WriteWell Essay Templates to help you get started.
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How To Write An Expository Essay
15 Feb 2021
❓What Is An Expository Essay?
☝️What Is The Purpose?
📑Choosing a Type of an Expository Essay
✒️The Expository Essay Structure
✍️Steps To Write an Expository Essay
🗒️Expository Essay Format
✏️Expository Essay Outline Example
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What Is An Expository Essay?
There are many essay writing types, including descriptive, persuasive, contrast, effect, and personal opinion essays. As explained earlier, a good expository essay is an explanation, investigation, or exposition for clarification. It is different from a descriptive essay or a definition essay. The main difference between this type of write-up and an argumentative essay is that the tone used in an expository essay is neutral. However, in an argumentative essay , the style must highlight the position taken before the argument is presented.
Ideally, an expository essay aims to make the reader aware of all the key points in the article. It is different from descriptive writing.
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What Is The Purpose of Expository Writing?
According to the expository essay definition, it aims to inform and clarify a particular topic. Its primary goal is to present facts, information, or opinions. This should be done in a clear, concise, and straightforward manner. The academic tone does not have the purpose of persuading.
It is commonly used in academic settings, such as in research papers, essays, and reports. It is also used in everyday life in instructional manuals, news articles, and online blogs.
One of the key features of expository writing is its focus on clarity and critical thinking. The writer must present the information in a way that is easy to understand. They should also provide clear and detailed explanations of complex concepts to ensure the reader grasps the topic. Another crucial aspect of expository writing is the use of factual information to support the writer's position. By citing credible sources, the writer can provide evidence that supports their argument. Presenting facts is particularly important when discussing scientific theories or historical events.
Overall, the goal of the entire essay is to help the reader gain a better understanding of a specific topic or concept. It effectively bridges the gap between experts and the general public. It provides a means for complex ideas and information to be communicated clearly and concisely. It also allows the reader to understand the position that the writer takes.
By presenting information in a straightforward and accessible manner, expository writing enables readers to develop informed opinions. They can then make well-informed decisions.
Choosing a Type of an Expository Essay
The format of expository essays mostly features words such as "define" or "explain". For example, "Write an essay on how to curb global warming." In this case, you must "explain" the 'measures that can be implemented to help minimize climate change and its effects.'
If you noticed, no instruction requires you to form an opinion or argument on whether or not there is global warming. However, explaining a certain topic is challenging.
It is paramount to know the various types of expository essays.
- Cause and Effect Essays
Outlines reasons that cause something and then discusses its results and effects.
- Problem and Solution Essays
They highlight all the problems associated with a particular situation and suggest solutions to those problems.
- Classification Essay
This sorts out things into different categories based on the pre-defined criteria of each type.
- Comparison or Contrast Essays
It focuses on similarities and differences between objects, events, or notions.
- Definition Essays
They explain a complicated concept.
- Process Essay
A process essay, a "how-to-essay, " explains the procedures involved in doing something.
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The Expository Essay Structure
The expository essay is a type of writing that explains, clarifies, or provides information about a topic. Expository essay assignment is common in academic writing and can also be used in everyday life, such as in instructional manuals or news articles. The structure of an expository essay typically includes an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. It needs to be a five-paragraph essay.
An expository essay's introduction paragraph sets the tone for the report and grabs the reader's attention. It should include a thesis that provides the paper's main focus and previews the main points to be discussed in at least three body paragraphs.
Each body paragraph of an expository essay should present and develop the essay's main points. Each section should begin with a topic sentence that relates to the thesis statement and provides a clear focus for the paragraph. Supporting evidence, background information, and examples should be included in each section.
An expository essay's conclusion summarises the main points made in the body paragraphs and restates the thesis statement. It should not introduce any new information or arguments. Instead, it should provide a sense of closure to the essay and leave the reader with a clear understanding of the topic.
How To Organize Expository Essays
In addition to the traditional structure, several different approaches to organizing an expository essay exist. One common method is the "compare and contrast" approach, where two or more subjects are compared and contrasted by explaining similarities and differences. Another approach is the "cause and effect" method, where the writer describes how one event or action leads to another.
Regardless of the approach used, the structure of an expository essay should be logical and easy to follow. The writer should strive to present information clearly and concisely, using evidence and examples to support their arguments. By doing so, they can effectively explain and clarify a topic for their audience.
Steps To Write Expository Essays
In most cases, your tutor will assign you a topic to write on; however, choosing the right topic is crucial when you have to develop your topic. You should always cover an issue you are conversant with since it will be easier to explain the case to your readers and will need minimal research.
The two crucial aspects of your write-up that form the hook for an expository essay are the topic and statement of thesis. These two things strike your reader's attention and determine if they will be triggered to read your entire paper. Thus, it is always advisable to choose an appealing topic and a good thesis statement for an expository essay.
Another critical aspect is maintaining clear and logical transitions between the introduction, body, and conclusion of the expository essays.
Lastly, ensure that everybody's paragraphs feature evidential support. This means that each expository essay body paragraph should be limited to the exposition of one general idea. This gives your reader clarity and direction.
Step 1: Select a Topic
Brainstorm a list of topics you're interested in. Then narrow down the list of the good expository essay topics you feel would be easiest to write and that which is manageable within the required word count.
Step 2: Write an Outline
An expository essay outline is a road map that guides you throughout your writing and ensures that you get all the main ideas.
It should include
- The introduction
- Examples of body paragraphs
Step 3: Write a Thesis Statement
If you are used to writing argumentative papers, you will likely take a strong position on the topic or a particular idea. However, this should be the case with an expository essay. Here, your thesis statement should only give an insight into what you are writing about and why it is important.
Step 4: Select Your Method of Development
This is the most important part of essay writing. Determine the type of expository essay you will be writing. Is it compare and contrast, process analysis, cause and effect, or other types?
Step 5: Organize Your Ideas
Before you begin writing the body section, you must clearly understand how to plan an expository essay. In this case, you should list the major divisions to be discussed in the main paragraphs and the direct support for each body paragraph.
Step 6: Write the Body Paragraphs
Each body paragraph should have a topic sentence related to the thesis statements.
Step 7: Conclusion
There are three things you should remember to include in your conclusion:
- Restate the thesis statement as well as the divisions of the essay
- Summarize the essay and the main ideas
- Refrain from introducing new issues.
Expository essays are an important form of writing as they help the readers to gain new knowledge and understanding. It is necessary to present facts clearly, concisely, and organized way. In order to achieve the best results, it is important to use reliable sources, ensure the essay is well structured and edit the final draft. Additionally, to make your essay stand out, you can buy custom PPT presentations to illustrate your ideas visually .
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Expository Essay Format
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After your first draft is ready, you must recheck the work for all grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, factual evidence, topic sentences, paragraph structure, and transition words. Also, ensure that all references are properly cited, and all written work is in the third person.
Expository Essay Example Outline
An example outline guides you on how to write an expository essay step by step. A sample of an expository essay outline would look like:
- Introductory paragraph
- Body paragraph 1
- Body paragraph 2
- Body paragraph 3
Expository Essay Introduction
This is the first paragraph where you introduce your topic to capture your readers' attention. Good essay topics are presented with great ideas. You could use a quote or shocking statistics to summarise our paper's main theme. Your introduction should also include the thesis statement.
Expository Essay Body Part
Divide this section based on the main points. It would help if you started with the main ideas, which should be related to the thesis statement. This section should have three body paragraphs, each supported by factual information. The common method for writing an expository essay is the five-paragraph approach.
Expository Essay Conclusion
This is your last section to wow the reader with a mind-blowing closing shot while bringing forth the significance of the title of an essay . Remember to restate your thesis statement and summarize the main points of your paper. This should not include personal opinions.
There are six types of expository essays; cause and effect, problem and solution, classification, comparison or contrast, definition, and process essays. If you need help with either of these topics, contact us today and get your paper written by the best writers on our team. We ensure that your essay is delivered on time with a guarantee of top quality.
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In conclusion, expository writing is a challenging task. This form of academic writing differs from descriptive essays, classification essays, and even persuasive essays. However, by following the guidelines in this article, such as the proper essay structure, the different types of expository essays, and the steps to write an expository essay, you can effectively clarify a topic for your audience.
Expository writing is a powerful tool that bridges the gap between experts and the general public, providing a means for complex ideas and information to be communicated clearly and concisely. By presenting detailed explanations in a straightforward and accessible manner, expository writing enables readers to develop informed opinions and make well-informed decisions.
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What is expository writing, what is an expository paragraph, expository writing examples, how prowritingaid can help you with expository composition.
One of the most common types of writing is expository writing. Whether you’re a student taking an English class or a professional trying to communicate to others in your field, you’ll need to use expository writing in your day-to-day work.
So, what exactly does this term mean?
The short answer is that expository writing refers to any writing designed primarily to explain or instruct.
Read on to learn the definition of expository writing as well as some examples of what this type of writing can look like.
Before we look at examples of expository writing, let’s start with a quick definition of what this term actually means.
Expository Writing Definition
The term expository writing refers to any writing that’s designed to explain something. We use the word expository to describe any passage of writing that’s supposed to present information and help you understand it in an objective way.
Some common examples of expository writing include academic essays, textbooks, instructional guides, and news reports. Good expository writing should be factual, objective, and clear.
To better understand what this term means, think about the difference between a scientific article, a short story, and an advertisement.
The scientific article is considered expository writing because its primary purpose is to explain a particular topic in more detail. It presents data, analyzes what that data means, and focuses on the facts.
On the other hand, the short story isn’t considered expository writing, because its core purpose isn’t to explain or inform—instead, it’s probably trying to entertain you or to take you on a journey. Short stories are narrative writing.
Similarly, an advertisement isn’t expository writing because its core purpose isn’t to explain or inform—instead, it’s trying to persuade you to buy what it’s selling. Advertisements are persuasive writing.
Here’s a quick rundown of what expository essays should and shouldn’t do.
An expository essay should:
Teach the reader about a particular topic
Focus on the facts
Follow a clearly organized structure
Present information and details from credible sources
An expository essay should not:
Try to change the reader’s mind about something
Present the author’s personal opinions
Include made-up narratives or stories
Follow experimental or nonlinear structures
An expository paragraph is exactly what it sounds like—a paragraph of expository writing.
A well-written expository paragraph should follow a specific format to make it as clear and easy to read as possible. Most expository paragraphs do the following things:
Start with a topic sentence, which explains what the paragraph will be about
Then, include 3 – 5 body sentences that provide supporting details for the topic sentence
Finally, wrap things up with a closing sentence that summarizes what the paragraph has said
Writing an expository paragraph is a great way to practice expository writing. That’s because the paragraph follows the same structure as a more complex expository essay, just on a smaller scale.
Most expository essays should follow this format:
Start with an introductory paragraph that includes the thesis statement, which tells the reader the core statement of the essay
Then, include 3 – 5 body paragraphs that provide factual evidence to support the thesis statement
Finally, wrap things up with a concluding paragraph that summarizes what the body paragraphs and thesis statement said
You can see the similarities between the two formats. If you can write a fantastic expository paragraph, you’ll be well-prepared to move on to writing a full expository essay.
Example of Expository Paragraph
Here’s an example of an expository paragraph that follows the structure described above.
The leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease, which can be fatal if it leads to heart attack or cardiac arrest. Heart attacks occur when a blockage in the coronary artery prevents oxygenated blood from reaching the heart. Cardiac arrests occur when the heart stops pumping entirely, which prevents the patient from breathing normally. Both of these problems can be deadly, even in seemingly healthy people who don’t have noticeable risk factors. As a result, heart disease is an important problem that many doctors and scientists are researching.
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There are many ways you can present information in an expository essay. Here are four of the most popular ways, along with examples of each one.
Problem and Solution Essay
A problem and solution essay presents the reader with a problem and then considers possible solutions to that problem.
Here’s an example passage you might find in a problem and solution essay:
Among the many proposed solutions to rising carbon emissions, one promising possibility is carbon trapping. Scientists are figuring out how to pull carbon emissions out of the atmosphere and trap it in less harmful forms, such as by injecting carbon dioxide underground so it will turn to stone.
Compare and Contrast Essay
This type of essay takes two subjects and compares and contrasts them. It focuses on highlighting the differences and similarities between those two things.
Here’s an example passage of this type of expository writing:
Though country music and R&B music have very different sounds, they also share many similarities. For one thing, both types of music embody a specific cultural identity. For another, both genres trace their roots back to the 1920s, when the Victor Talking Machine Company signed singers from the American South.
In a classification essay, you describe the categories within a certain group of things.
Here’s an example passage you might find in a classification essay:
There are three ways in which artificial intelligence might become stronger than humans in the future: high speed, high collective intelligence, and high quality. A speed AI would be able to perform calculations and experience the world much faster than humans. A collective intelligence, like a hive mind, would be able to break down a complex task into several parts and pursue them simultaneously. Finally, a quality AI would simply be able to solve more complex problems than humans could.
In a process essay, you give the reader the steps for completing a specific process. This is similar to a how-to guide or an instruction manual.
Here’s an example passage you might find in this type of expository writing:
Caramelize the chopped onions in a frying pan. When the onions have caramelized, mix in the bell peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes and stir for 4 – 6 minutes or until all the ingredients have softened. If you want to add meat, you can add ground beef and cook for another 4 – 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Good expository writing should be easy to read. After all, the purpose of exposition is to explain things to your readers, and you won’t be able to accomplish that if they have trouble understanding your writing.
That’s why ProWritingAid can help you write an expository essay. The grammar checker can help you ensure your sentences flow well, you’re not missing any necessary punctuation, and all your words are precise and clear.
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This article was co-authored by Tristen Bonacci . Tristen Bonacci is a Licensed English Teacher with more than 20 years of experience. Tristen has taught in both the United States and overseas. She specializes in teaching in a secondary education environment and sharing wisdom with others, no matter the environment. Tristen holds a BA in English Literature from The University of Colorado and an MEd from The University of Phoenix. There are 10 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been fact-checked, ensuring the accuracy of any cited facts and confirming the authority of its sources. This article has been viewed 562,236 times.
Expository essays are often assigned in academic settings. In an expository essay, you need to consider an idea, investigate the idea, then explain the idea. Some expository essays may include an argument, while others are purely informative.  X Trustworthy Source Purdue Online Writing Lab Trusted resource for writing and citation guidelines Go to source While it may seem overwhelming, writing an expository essay is easy if you take it one step at a time.
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Planning Your Essay
- If you are writing an expository essay for an assignment, read the assignment guidelines. Ask your instructor if anything seems unclear.
- If you are writing your essay for a class assignment, consider what your instructor will expect you to include in your essay.
- Try listing. List all your ideas for your expository essay. Then look over the list you have made and group similar ideas together. Expand those lists by adding more ideas or by using another prewriting activity.  X Research source
- Try freewriting. Write nonstop for about 10 minutes. Write whatever comes to mind and don’t edit yourself. After you finish writing, review what you have written. Highlight or underline the most useful information for your expository essay. Repeat the freewriting exercise using the passages you underlined as a starting point. You can repeat this exercise many times to continue to refine and develop your ideas.  X Research source
- Try clustering. Write a brief explanation of the subject of your expository essay on the center of a piece of paper and circle it. Then draw three or more lines extending from the circle. Write a corresponding idea at the end of each of these lines. Continue developing your cluster until you have explored as many connections as you can.  X Research source
- Try questioning. On a piece of paper, write out “Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?” Space the questions about two or three lines apart on the paper so that you can write your answers on these lines. Respond to each question in as much detail as you can.  X Research source
- Trustworthy internet sources usually include academic institutions like universities or research labs, government websites, and non-profit organizations.
- Identify the author and his or her credentials. Think about what qualifies this person to write about their subject. If the source has no author or the author does not have adequate credentials, then this source may not be trustworthy.
- Check for citations to see if this author has researched the topic well enough. If the author has provided few or no sources, then this source may not be trustworthy.
- Look for bias. Think about whether or not this author has presented an objective, well-reasoned account of the topic. If the author seems to value a particular argument or slant that is not supported or only thinly supported by fact, then this source may not be trustworthy.
- Consider the publication date to see if this source presents the most up to date information on the subject.
- Cross-check some of the information in the source. If you are still concerned about a source, cross-check some of its information against a trustworthy source.
- Show when you have quoted a source word for word by putting it into quotation marks. Include information about the source such as the author’s name, article title or book title, and page number.
- Write down the publishing information of each source. You will need this information for your "References," "Bibliography," or "Works Cited" pages. Format this page according to your instructor's guidelines.
- Make sure your thesis is arguable. Do not state facts or matters of taste. For example, "George Washington was the first president of the United States," is not a good thesis because it states a fact. Likewise, "Die Hard is a great movie," is not a good thesis because it expresses a matter of taste.  X Trustworthy Source University of North Carolina Writing Center UNC's on-campus and online instructional service that provides assistance to students, faculty, and others during the writing process Go to source
- Make sure your thesis provides enough detail. In other words, avoid just saying that something is "good" or "effective." Instead, say what makes something "good" or "effective.  X Trustworthy Source University of North Carolina Writing Center UNC's on-campus and online instructional service that provides assistance to students, faculty, and others during the writing process Go to source
Introducing Your Essay
- An engaging hook can take many forms. You could start with an anecdote, an informative and attention-grabbing quote, a bold opinion statement, or anything that will make your readers want to continue with your essay.
- If you are writing about a book, provide the name of the work, the author, and a brief summary of the plot.
- If you are writing about a specific day in history, summarize the day's events. Then, explain how it fits into a broader historical scope.
- If you are writing about a person, name the person and provide a brief biography.
- Keep in mind that your context should lead up to your thesis statement. Explain everything your reader needs to know to understand what your topic is about. Then narrow it down until you reach the topic itself.
Expressing Your Main Points
- A five-paragraph essay should include three body paragraphs. Each body paragraph should discuss a piece of supporting evidence that supports your thesis.
- Even if your essay is longer than five paragraphs, the same principles still apply. Each paragraph should discuss a piece of supporting evidence.
- "Dogs played an active role in Marine Corps missions in the Pacific."
- "The Doberman Pinscher was the official dog of the US Marine Corps during WWII, but all breeds were eligible to train as war dogs."
- "War dogs were even eligible to receive military awards for their service."
- Most of your evidence should be in the form of cited quotes, paraphrases, and summaries from your research.
- Your evidence could also come from interviews, anecdotes, or personal experience.
- Try to provide at least two to three pieces of evidence to support each of your claims.
- For example, if a paragraph starts with, "War dogs were even eligible to receive military awards for their service," the supporting evidence might be a list of dogs who got awards and the awards they were given.
- You could write, "Even though Dobermans were the most common breed used in WWII, they were not the only breed, and were not the only dogs recognized for their help."
Concluding Your Essay
- Note that the second sentence repeats the information provided in your original thesis. It just says it in a new way while also hinting at the information you included in the body of the essay.
- Explain how the topic affects the reader
- Explain how your narrow topic applies to a broader theme or observation
- Call the reader to action or further exploration on the topic
- Present new questions that your essay introduced
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- ↑ https://www.grammarly.com/blog/expository-essay/
- ↑ Tristen Bonacci. Licensed English Teacher. Expert Interview. 21 December 2021.
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Before you write an expository essay, take some time to jot down ideas for your essay. Try the clustering method by writing a brief explanation of your subject in a bubble in the center of your page. Then, draw 3 or more lines extending from the circle and jot down idea bubbles that connect to your main theme. Once you have a plan for your expository essay, write out an outline to organize what you’re going to say. Make sure to begin your outline with an engaging introduction sentence. After the introduction sentence, provide some background information and include your thesis statement, which is your main argument. If you’re writing a 5 paragraph essay, you should include 3 body paragraphs after your introduction then a conclusion paragraph that summarizes your main points. However you organize your essay, make sure to include credible sources for important information, like statistics, so your teacher knows that it’s accurate. To learn how to use transitions in your essay, read more from our Writing co-author. Did this summary help you? Yes No
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The Four Main Types of Essay | Quick Guide with Examples
Published on September 4, 2020 by Jack Caulfield . Revised on July 23, 2023.
An essay is a focused piece of writing designed to inform or persuade. There are many different types of essay, but they are often defined in four categories: argumentative, expository, narrative, and descriptive essays.
Argumentative and expository essays are focused on conveying information and making clear points, while narrative and descriptive essays are about exercising creativity and writing in an interesting way. At university level, argumentative essays are the most common type.
In high school and college, you will also often have to write textual analysis essays, which test your skills in close reading and interpretation.
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Argumentative essays, expository essays, narrative essays, descriptive essays, textual analysis essays, other interesting articles, frequently asked questions about types of essays.
An argumentative essay presents an extended, evidence-based argument. It requires a strong thesis statement —a clearly defined stance on your topic. Your aim is to convince the reader of your thesis using evidence (such as quotations ) and analysis.
Argumentative essays test your ability to research and present your own position on a topic. This is the most common type of essay at college level—most papers you write will involve some kind of argumentation.
The essay is divided into an introduction, body, and conclusion:
- The introduction provides your topic and thesis statement
- The body presents your evidence and arguments
- The conclusion summarizes your argument and emphasizes its importance
The example below is a paragraph from the body of an argumentative essay about the effects of the internet on education. Mouse over it to learn more.
A common frustration for teachers is students’ use of Wikipedia as a source in their writing. Its prevalence among students is not exaggerated; a survey found that the vast majority of the students surveyed used Wikipedia (Head & Eisenberg, 2010). An article in The Guardian stresses a common objection to its use: “a reliance on Wikipedia can discourage students from engaging with genuine academic writing” (Coomer, 2013). Teachers are clearly not mistaken in viewing Wikipedia usage as ubiquitous among their students; but the claim that it discourages engagement with academic sources requires further investigation. This point is treated as self-evident by many teachers, but Wikipedia itself explicitly encourages students to look into other sources. Its articles often provide references to academic publications and include warning notes where citations are missing; the site’s own guidelines for research make clear that it should be used as a starting point, emphasizing that users should always “read the references and check whether they really do support what the article says” (“Wikipedia:Researching with Wikipedia,” 2020). Indeed, for many students, Wikipedia is their first encounter with the concepts of citation and referencing. The use of Wikipedia therefore has a positive side that merits deeper consideration than it often receives.
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An expository essay provides a clear, focused explanation of a topic. It doesn’t require an original argument, just a balanced and well-organized view of the topic.
Expository essays test your familiarity with a topic and your ability to organize and convey information. They are commonly assigned at high school or in exam questions at college level.
The introduction of an expository essay states your topic and provides some general background, the body presents the details, and the conclusion summarizes the information presented.
A typical body paragraph from an expository essay about the invention of the printing press is shown below. Mouse over it to learn more.
The invention of the printing press in 1440 changed this situation dramatically. Johannes Gutenberg, who had worked as a goldsmith, used his knowledge of metals in the design of the press. He made his type from an alloy of lead, tin, and antimony, whose durability allowed for the reliable production of high-quality books. This new technology allowed texts to be reproduced and disseminated on a much larger scale than was previously possible. The Gutenberg Bible appeared in the 1450s, and a large number of printing presses sprang up across the continent in the following decades. Gutenberg’s invention rapidly transformed cultural production in Europe; among other things, it would lead to the Protestant Reformation.
A narrative essay is one that tells a story. This is usually a story about a personal experience you had, but it may also be an imaginative exploration of something you have not experienced.
Narrative essays test your ability to build up a narrative in an engaging, well-structured way. They are much more personal and creative than other kinds of academic writing . Writing a personal statement for an application requires the same skills as a narrative essay.
A narrative essay isn’t strictly divided into introduction, body, and conclusion, but it should still begin by setting up the narrative and finish by expressing the point of the story—what you learned from your experience, or why it made an impression on you.
Mouse over the example below, a short narrative essay responding to the prompt “Write about an experience where you learned something about yourself,” to explore its structure.
Since elementary school, I have always favored subjects like science and math over the humanities. My instinct was always to think of these subjects as more solid and serious than classes like English. If there was no right answer, I thought, why bother? But recently I had an experience that taught me my academic interests are more flexible than I had thought: I took my first philosophy class.
Before I entered the classroom, I was skeptical. I waited outside with the other students and wondered what exactly philosophy would involve—I really had no idea. I imagined something pretty abstract: long, stilted conversations pondering the meaning of life. But what I got was something quite different.
A young man in jeans, Mr. Jones—“but you can call me Rob”—was far from the white-haired, buttoned-up old man I had half-expected. And rather than pulling us into pedantic arguments about obscure philosophical points, Rob engaged us on our level. To talk free will, we looked at our own choices. To talk ethics, we looked at dilemmas we had faced ourselves. By the end of class, I’d discovered that questions with no right answer can turn out to be the most interesting ones.
The experience has taught me to look at things a little more “philosophically”—and not just because it was a philosophy class! I learned that if I let go of my preconceptions, I can actually get a lot out of subjects I was previously dismissive of. The class taught me—in more ways than one—to look at things with an open mind.
A descriptive essay provides a detailed sensory description of something. Like narrative essays, they allow you to be more creative than most academic writing, but they are more tightly focused than narrative essays. You might describe a specific place or object, rather than telling a whole story.
Descriptive essays test your ability to use language creatively, making striking word choices to convey a memorable picture of what you’re describing.
A descriptive essay can be quite loosely structured, though it should usually begin by introducing the object of your description and end by drawing an overall picture of it. The important thing is to use careful word choices and figurative language to create an original description of your object.
Mouse over the example below, a response to the prompt “Describe a place you love to spend time in,” to learn more about descriptive essays.
On Sunday afternoons I like to spend my time in the garden behind my house. The garden is narrow but long, a corridor of green extending from the back of the house, and I sit on a lawn chair at the far end to read and relax. I am in my small peaceful paradise: the shade of the tree, the feel of the grass on my feet, the gentle activity of the fish in the pond beside me.
My cat crosses the garden nimbly and leaps onto the fence to survey it from above. From his perch he can watch over his little kingdom and keep an eye on the neighbours. He does this until the barking of next door’s dog scares him from his post and he bolts for the cat flap to govern from the safety of the kitchen.
With that, I am left alone with the fish, whose whole world is the pond by my feet. The fish explore the pond every day as if for the first time, prodding and inspecting every stone. I sometimes feel the same about sitting here in the garden; I know the place better than anyone, but whenever I return I still feel compelled to pay attention to all its details and novelties—a new bird perched in the tree, the growth of the grass, and the movement of the insects it shelters…
Sitting out in the garden, I feel serene. I feel at home. And yet I always feel there is more to discover. The bounds of my garden may be small, but there is a whole world contained within it, and it is one I will never get tired of inhabiting.
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Though every essay type tests your writing skills, some essays also test your ability to read carefully and critically. In a textual analysis essay, you don’t just present information on a topic, but closely analyze a text to explain how it achieves certain effects.
A rhetorical analysis looks at a persuasive text (e.g. a speech, an essay, a political cartoon) in terms of the rhetorical devices it uses, and evaluates their effectiveness.
The goal is not to state whether you agree with the author’s argument but to look at how they have constructed it.
The introduction of a rhetorical analysis presents the text, some background information, and your thesis statement; the body comprises the analysis itself; and the conclusion wraps up your analysis of the text, emphasizing its relevance to broader concerns.
The example below is from a rhetorical analysis of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech . Mouse over it to learn more.
King’s speech is infused with prophetic language throughout. Even before the famous “dream” part of the speech, King’s language consistently strikes a prophetic tone. He refers to the Lincoln Memorial as a “hallowed spot” and speaks of rising “from the dark and desolate valley of segregation” to “make justice a reality for all of God’s children.” The assumption of this prophetic voice constitutes the text’s strongest ethical appeal; after linking himself with political figures like Lincoln and the Founding Fathers, King’s ethos adopts a distinctly religious tone, recalling Biblical prophets and preachers of change from across history. This adds significant force to his words; standing before an audience of hundreds of thousands, he states not just what the future should be, but what it will be: “The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.” This warning is almost apocalyptic in tone, though it concludes with the positive image of the “bright day of justice.” The power of King’s rhetoric thus stems not only from the pathos of his vision of a brighter future, but from the ethos of the prophetic voice he adopts in expressing this vision.
A literary analysis essay presents a close reading of a work of literature—e.g. a poem or novel—to explore the choices made by the author and how they help to convey the text’s theme. It is not simply a book report or a review, but an in-depth interpretation of the text.
Literary analysis looks at things like setting, characters, themes, and figurative language. The goal is to closely analyze what the author conveys and how.
The introduction of a literary analysis essay presents the text and background, and provides your thesis statement; the body consists of close readings of the text with quotations and analysis in support of your argument; and the conclusion emphasizes what your approach tells us about the text.
Mouse over the example below, the introduction to a literary analysis essay on Frankenstein , to learn more.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is often read as a crude cautionary tale about the dangers of scientific advancement unrestrained by ethical considerations. In this reading, protagonist Victor Frankenstein is a stable representation of the callous ambition of modern science throughout the novel. This essay, however, argues that far from providing a stable image of the character, Shelley uses shifting narrative perspectives to portray Frankenstein in an increasingly negative light as the novel goes on. While he initially appears to be a naive but sympathetic idealist, after the creature’s narrative Frankenstein begins to resemble—even in his own telling—the thoughtlessly cruel figure the creature represents him as. This essay begins by exploring the positive portrayal of Frankenstein in the first volume, then moves on to the creature’s perception of him, and finally discusses the third volume’s narrative shift toward viewing Frankenstein as the creature views him.
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At high school and in composition classes at university, you’ll often be told to write a specific type of essay , but you might also just be given prompts.
Look for keywords in these prompts that suggest a certain approach: The word “explain” suggests you should write an expository essay , while the word “describe” implies a descriptive essay . An argumentative essay might be prompted with the word “assess” or “argue.”
The vast majority of essays written at university are some sort of argumentative essay . Almost all academic writing involves building up an argument, though other types of essay might be assigned in composition classes.
Essays can present arguments about all kinds of different topics. For example:
- In a literary analysis essay, you might make an argument for a specific interpretation of a text
- In a history essay, you might present an argument for the importance of a particular event
- In a politics essay, you might argue for the validity of a certain political theory
An argumentative essay tends to be a longer essay involving independent research, and aims to make an original argument about a topic. Its thesis statement makes a contentious claim that must be supported in an objective, evidence-based way.
An expository essay also aims to be objective, but it doesn’t have to make an original argument. Rather, it aims to explain something (e.g., a process or idea) in a clear, concise way. Expository essays are often shorter assignments and rely less on research.
The key difference is that a narrative essay is designed to tell a complete story, while a descriptive essay is meant to convey an intense description of a particular place, object, or concept.
Narrative and descriptive essays both allow you to write more personally and creatively than other kinds of essays , and similar writing skills can apply to both.
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Expository Essay Writing - Types, Format, Topics & Examples
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Writing an expository essay can be a daunting task, leaving many students feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about where to begin. The lack of clear guidance and structured resources often leads to frustration and subpar results.
However, fear not!
We understand the struggles you face when attempting to craft a compelling and informative expository essay.
In this comprehensive guide, we will break down the entire process of writing an expository essay into manageable steps.
By following these tips and examples, you'll gain the confidence and skills needed to excel in your expository writing endeavors.
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What is an Expository Essay?
An expository essay can be defined as an essay that investigates and evaluates an idea or an event. This essay type requires a student to form an argument related to the concept and prove it using different techniques.
An expository essay is often assigned to high school students. They are used to explain a topic logically by presenting a balanced analysis using facts.
What is the Purpose of an Expository Essay?
When writing an expository essay, you should use facts and logic rather than subjective truths and personal opinions.
The main purpose of writing the expository is to:
- Educate and inform the reader
- Define the concept in detail
- Examine one or more arguments
- Investigate the topic in detail
You can also check out this video guide for expository essay writing!
Types of an Expository Essay
Knowing the different types of expository essays can help you choose a topic as well as plan your essay structure.
The following are the common types of expository essay:
- Definition Essay - A definition essay defines a topic to give a more precise image to the readers.
- Process Essay - A process essay is defined as a type of essay explaining and discussing the making of something.
- Problem and Solution Essay - A problem and solution essay discusses a problem in detail by providing solutions.
- Cause and Effect Essay - The cause and effect essay analyzes all the causes and effects of an action or an event.
- Compare and Contrast Essay - The compare and contrast essay highlights all the similarities and differences between the subjects.
- Classification Essay - The classification essay thoroughly examines the topic by splitting it into different categories.
Expository Essay Structure
The five-paragraph essay is a common structure for expository writing. This means there will be an introduction, followed by three body paragraphs and a conclusion.
Here is the expository essay structure that you can use for your help.
Expository Essay Format
Just like other formal pieces of writing, an expository essay also requires a proper format. However, there is no set of rules to format your essay, but there are general elements that your essay should have.
Below-given is an example of how you should format your expository essay correctly.
Sample Expository Essay Format
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Expository Essay Outline
Many people think making an outline isn't worth the time. However, it'll save more precious minutes in research and typing up materials later on.
The outline is a great way to break down each paragraph of your expository essay into different sections. It also helps you visualize how all the information will come together and make sense as well!
Now let's go over each section in more detail:
Expository Essay Introduction
The introduction of an essay is the first thing somebody reads. It's your chance to impress and explain what you're going to cover in more detail. Thus, it must be clear and engaging.
The essay introduction is written to let the audience know what the essay is about. In this paragraph of the essay, the writer presents the following information:
- Hook statement - An opening sentence of the introduction paragraph drafted to grab the readerâs attention.
- Building sentences - Present the background information after the hook statement to give context to the topic to the readers.
- Thesis Statement - The last part of the introduction is the thesis statement . It is the main argument of the writer on the topic.
Expository Essay Body Paragraphs
After the introduction, the body paragraphs of the expository essay serve as the foundation. Here, we will explore the importance of topic sentences and thesis statements.
This section is based on the following elements:
- Topic Sentence - It is the first sentence of a body paragraph that expresses the idea provided in that particular paragraph.
- Supporting Sentences - They support the topic sentence and the thesis statement using examples, explanations, evidence, and logic.
- Concluding Sentence - It concludes a paragraph and links the next paragraph with the previous one.
Expository Essay Conclusion
All the essayâs body paragraphs lead to the conclusion section, where the writer sums up his discussion. Include the following things in the expository essay conclusion :
- Restated Thesis Statement - The conclusion paragraph is started with a restated thesis statement in different words.
- Summary of the Main Points - Following the thesis comes a summary of the major points in the content.
- Final Verdict - Finally, the essay is concluded by providing some final thoughts on the topic.
You can also check out this blog on expository essay outline to thoroughly understand how to create one!
How to Write an Expository Essay? 5 Easy Steps
Students often find it hard to write an expository essay. It requires a firm knowledge of the topic and a good analysis.
The following are the steps that you should follow to write an impressive expository essay.
1. Choose an Engaging Topic
The first step is to decide on an expository essay topic. This step might sound easier, but it can be challenging for the students. Thus, your essay topic should fulfill all the basic requirements.
Keep the following things in mind while selecting a good topic for your essay.
- The topic should be interesting for the audience as well as for yourself.
- It should be informative enough.
- It should be broad as well to be explained in detail.
If you have not assigned a topic for the essay, you can be creative and choose a topic you like.
2. Gather Information
The purpose of drafting an expository essay is to inform the audience about the topic in-depth. For this reason, the essay content should be informative and well-written.
Note the points you know about the topic to start the research. Conduct comprehensive research by going through multiple sources of information. Analyze every aspect and investigate the topic from every angle.
3. Create an Expository Essay Outline
The gathered information needs to be arranged in proper order to give your content logic. For this purpose, an outline is created to divide the essayâs content into different sections.
According to the traditional outline, there are three parts into which your essay is divided:
4. Start Writing
The actual writing is the easiest part of any essay. Just put your thoughts down on paper that you need to add. This is a great way to get started with writing. You can use the outline that you have created before your writing step.
5. Revise Your Essa y
After completing the essay, the next essential step is to revise what you have written. Without proofreading the content, you will probably submit unstructured and imperfect content. It can affect your grades.
Thus, proofread your essay a couple of times and do the editing. Ensure that the essay should be free from punctuation, grammar, and vocabulary mistakes.
Expository Essay Examples
It is always suggested by professionals to first go through examples when writing something important. If you are confused about the assignment, search for already existing samples related to your topic. With this, you will understand how professionals have approached the essay writing process.
Below are some useful examples of expository essays to help you understand the expository essay structure.
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Expository Essay Topics
Finding a good topic for an expository essay is important because it will help in your research and writing phase. When you choose the essay topic, make sure you follow these tips.
- Pick something you are passionate about; it will make your entire process enjoyable.
- The topic you choose should not be too broad or narrow. Broad topics are easier to write about, but they donât allow you to do in-depth research.
- Choose a topic that is too specific.
- Always select a topic that you have enough information about.
- Brainstorm several ideas and then pick the best one.
Expository Essay Topics About Education
- Explain the consequences of not getting a degree in professional life.
- Describe what you would like to change about your school and why?
- What is the history of your college?
- Why is tuition so high in the US?
- The Impact of culture on education
- Dealing with the college bully
- Ways to avoid becoming a studyâs slave.
- Criticism of the British education system
- What are the most effective ways of studying?
- Benefits of online education
Expository Essay Topics About Mental Health
- How does physical activity affect mental health?
- Explain why the majority of teenagers are in depression?
- Describe some material things that make people happy.
- Describe the damages of consuming drugs to mental health.
- Difference between anxiety disorders
- What causes anorexia?
- Societyâs stigma towards mental illness
- Mental health counseling
- What is a mental health crisis?
- Effective mental health
Expository Essay Topics About Society
- Explain why strict parents raise disturbing children?
- Explain how music influences a studentâs life?
- Explain who a true leader is?
- Explain the reasons behind the rise in the suicide rate in America?
- Describe the effects of marijuana.
- Describe the importance of physical activities in college
- Describe what interests you to be in your choice of field?
- Describe photosynthesis.
- Explain why people should live in a house and not in an apartment?
- Describe some productive activities that students can do in their leisure time.
Expository Essay Topics About Politics
- Democracy: pros and cons.
- Discuss the role that politics play in the country
- The importance of international relations
- Is our national security really secure?
- Philosophy of politics
- Election tampering
- What are the traits of a leader?
- The role of women in politics
- Define the term âpoliticsâ?
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Expository Essay Writing Tips
Students always require extra support and assistance when it comes to essay writing. Follow the tips below to write your expository essay easily.
- Choose an interesting topic to make your essay attractive to the readers.
- Choose clear and concise wording for the text.
- Avoid using vague and lengthy terms and descriptions.
- Always draft your expository essay from the third-person perspective if not asked otherwise.
- Write a strong thesis statement and argument to make the essay powerful.
- Each body paragraph should present a single idea. Avoid stating multiple ideas and concepts in one paragraph.
- Arguments should be provided in proper order. Use a pyramid approach to arrange the order of the arguments.
- Use transition words to connect and link ideas and paragraphs.
- Always cite your sources in the content to avoid plagiarism.
- Draft a compelling conclusion to leave your audience with something to remember.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the three main parts of an expository essay.
The three main parts of an expository essay are:
- Body paragraphs
What are the features of an expository essay?
The main features of an expository essay are:
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Quick and Easy Guide on How to Write an Expository Essay
Understanding What Is an Expository Essay
If you clicked on this article, then you must have recently been assigned an expository essay homework. There is also a possibility that you are here because you enjoy exploring different ideas and concepts rather than solely scratching the surface. Well, that explains why you decided to research more about expository essay writing. We won't leave you hanging, so let's delve right into the expository essay definition.
It's only reasonable to first give you a clear explanation of what is an expository essay and what this kind of paper tries to accomplish. Simply put, an expository essay presents information on a topic. It explains something about a situation, person, idea, or occurrence and communicates knowledge about it to the reader. It does not attempt to persuade the reader of a certain point of view or present a convincing case. An expository essay depends on facts rather than personal opinion since it aims to inform the reader about a subject.
Expository writing involves anything from sharing your day to outlining a job assignment. Therefore it wouldn't be unfair to say that it is the most popular type of writing in the world.
Expository Essay Topics
Speaking of the above, there must be plenty of options to write your expository paper on, right? You're correct! But one needs a properly worded title that would make great expository essay topics. That's why our research paper service covered some interesting areas below. You can browse myriads of choices and find one that is just right for your endeavor!
Expository Essay Topics About Education
- School Dress Codes: A Physical And Mental Stress
- The Idea Of Free Higher Education
- The Issue With High School Massacres
- The Importance of College Success
- STEM versus STEAM educational approaches
- How literate people differ from uneducated ones
- The advantages of studying foreign languages.
- What changes should be made to the educational system in your nation?
- Does 'educated' have the same connotation as 'smart'?
- Can someone receive a top-notch education at home?
Expository Essay Topics About Mental Health
- Is it true that music impacts our mental and physical health?
- Are acts of heroism and patriotic acts typical in terms of mental health?
- Is there a need to increase mental health benefits under health insurance?
- Comparatively speaking, does the American mental health system lag behind other nations?
- Effects of mental health law
- The connection between antisocial personality disorder and parenting methods
- Learning-disabled kids can benefit greatly from school programs.
- How social anxiety is influenced by digital communication
- Patients with mental illness receiving physical care
- Issues with mental health and grief therapy
Expository Essay Topics About Society
- Advertisements seen via the lens of social science.
- Prejudices towards African Americans.
- The social implications of feminism.
- Global refugee crisis.
- Constructing a wall to separate Mexico and the US.
- The psychology of implicit racial prejudice and discrimination
- The effects of racism at work on the economy and mind.
- Gender roles in society: shifting perspectives and effects on families.
- Who was responsible for the cost of the War on Terror?
- Is peace education receiving enough attention from society?
Expository Essay Topics About Politics
- The connection between politics and religion
- What are the pros and drawbacks of democracy?
- How powerful are NGOs?
- What are the UN's primary responsibilities?
- What are the disadvantages of not having a state?
- Has the US soured relations with its European allies?
- What does the Human Development Index mean?
- Celebrity Influence in political campaigning
- What objectives does the anti-globalization movement seek to achieve?
How to Write an Expository Essay with an Expository Essay Outline
Outlining is one of the most vital steps for knowing how to write an expository essay. Many believe that creating an outline is a waste of time, but in reality, the more complete your expository essay plan is, the fewer hours you will have to devote to research and writing. An expository essay outline divides each paragraph of the essay into various components. By doing so, you may divide a more complex activity into more manageable components and better understand how various pieces of information will work together. Let's go through each section of the expository essay format prepared by our writer.
So, how to start expository essay on a strong note? Consider opening with a bold claim that is related to your topic. After that, go on to briefly describe your subject's significance. Finally, make a statement about your essay's core thesis or objective.
- Background information
- Thesis statement
II. Body Paragraphs
In your first body paragraph. introduce the first major point that backs up your primary statement. Then, support your claim with instances or facts, and then explain how these examples or evidence link to your thesis and support your core notion. Remember to include a transitional sentence that relates to the following paragraph.
If you follow a five paragraph essay format, then feel free to develop three body paragraphs with the similar order.
- Topic sentence
In your concluding paragraph, try restating your thesis statement in a different way to successfully conclude your work. Then put your essay's essential ideas in a brief summary before concluding with a powerful remark that will stay with your readers.
- Restate thesis
- Closing sentence
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How to Write an Expository Essay
Even though you now know a lot about the expository essay format, there are other things to keep in mind as well. In this section, we'll go over the specific steps you should take when figuring out how to write an expository essay.
The absolute first thing you should do when given an expository essay assignment is to carefully go over the guidelines. Make sure you completely understand what is required of you. If it is for class, you may be limited to certain topics and word counts, there may be restrictions on the quality of sources you can use, etc. You might write an incredible essay but get a low grade because you missed out on some small restriction or guideline.
Once you know exactly what you are supposed to do, it's time to think about different concepts you would like to explain. Make sure you are aware of the different types of expository essays so that when you brainstorm topics you have a tentative idea of what type of expository essay would be best suited for that topic.
Think about what has been covered in class, what the teacher might expect, and what you find interesting to try and come up with a list of topics. Do a little bit of research on each topic to figure out whether you can easily find reputable sources and to gain a further understanding of the topic. After keeping all these things in mind, you should end up with an expository essay topic that is appropriate, engaging, and high-scoring.
Fill Up an Outline
Once you have zeroed in on a topic it's time to do research. One of the best ways to plan your writing is to use an expository essay outline to organize interesting information. While conducting research focus on the body paragraphs rather than on the introduction or conclusion. Think about three main ways you can explain the topic and put information that fits into those subtopics under the appropriate body paragraphs.
While conducting research and filling out an outline, think about potential thesis statements. Coming up with a thesis statement too early will restrict your research, so it is better to develop a thesis statement as you find out more and more information. That being said, by the end of the planning stage you should have a finalized thesis statement
Planning out your essay beforehand will give direction to your research, cut down on the amount of time you spend on the assignment, improve the overall flow of the final essay, and make the actual writing process much easier.
Write the First Draft
Now is the time to translate your outline into full sentences. It is often useful to leave the writing of the introduction till the end because after writing the body paragraphs you will have a better idea of what to say in an introduction, but make sure that you write down your thesis statement.
Use the information you have found to create a cohesive analysis of the topic in each body paragraph. Make sure that the information you present is on topic and connects to the other facts around it. Think about what the purpose of each body paragraph is and question whether the information you are presenting fits that purpose or not. Make sure to use transition words within the paragraph and use transition sentences between paragraphs to improve overall comprehensibility and flow.
Finalize Your Draft
Go over the first draft of the essay and focus on whether the different paragraphs make sense or not. Don't be afraid to reorganize sections or completely get rid of some pieces of information. As you write your draft, new ways of expressing the information can come to mind that will make the overall essay more powerful.
Make sure that you are not trying to make a persuasive argument and that you are using facts rather than opinions as evidence.
Go over each sentence to make sure that it is clear and that it fits the purpose of the paragraph it is in. Look at the information you have included and make sure that it is useful and enhances understanding of the topic. It is better to have less information than more if the information is distracting or does not add anything to the essay.
Try and read the paper as if it is the first time you are coming across the topic to see if it makes sense or not. Congratulations, you are just one step away from being able to submit an expository essay!
Editing and Proofreading
Go over the final draft of your essay and check for formatting errors, grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, etc and make sure that it complies with all the guidelines of the assignment. Finally, ask a friend or relative to go over the paper to do the last check. If you feel like you still need to make a lot of changes, don't be disheartened, spend the extra time to make the changes or reach out to expository essay writing service .
Expository Essay Examples
One of the best ways to learn how to write an expository essay is to look at an expository essay example. Looking at expository essay examples can give you a deeper understanding of what is expected as well as how to write an essay that flows well. Make sure that you use any examples you find as inspiration rather than a place to directly source information or text!
Expository Essay Example
The shift from traditional to current methods in treating diseases has improved the quality of many services, products, and processes. However, many regions worldwide are still applying traditional medicines (Stefanov et al., 2020). Therefore, conventional western medicine and alternative Eastern medicine are two recognized approaches to treating multiple diseases. Researchers have developed the foundational differences between these two approaches that have helped establish the pros and cons of each. Each approach has advantages and drawbacks. There have been debates on which approach is cheaper in terms of time and cost of treatment. Also, there is ongoing concern on which approach is safer than the other.
As of 2019, there were over 3.5 billion social media users globally, and this figure still increases by 9% each year. It is impossible to deny that social media has become an important part of many people’s lives. There are various positive effects linked with the platforms, including better connectivity. However, addiction to social media platforms, the increased comparisons between individuals, and the fear of missing out have increased depression and sadness. Social media addiction has become rampant, which has negatively influenced the lives of many individuals in society. Checking and scrolling through the different social media platforms has become increasingly popular over time, leading to excessive and compulsive use.
FAQs on Expository Essay Writing
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What are the Different Types of Expository Essays?
Since expository writing may take various forms, understanding the different sorts of essays will help you pick a topic and organize the essay's general trajectory and framework.
- Process Essays - In a typical process essay, the introduction presents what you will learn, the body paragraphs offer step-by-step instructions, and the conclusion discusses the significance of what you have taken away.
- Compare and Contrast Essays - The purpose of comparing and contrasting is to present facts and allow readers to reach their own conclusions. This is still an expository essay and not an evaluation of one over the other. A contrast essay may highlight differences, similarities, or both.
- Cause and Effect Essays - Cause and effect essays examine the reasons behind events or speculate on possible effects. They can also draw attention to relevant connections or provide details about a cause or consequence.
- Classification Essays - In classification essays, distinct items in the same category are compared, stressing their differences while pointing up the similarities that place them in the same category. Classification essays may be quite intriguing when attempting to classify something into a category it often does not belong to.
- Definition Essays - Apart from an argumentative essay format , the basic objective is to define a topic by providing information. In contrast to just providing the word's dictionary definition, a definition essay also builds on the term's general notion while thoroughly defining it.
What is the Most Important Part of the Expository Essay Structure?
The core of the outline for expository essay is your thesis. It's what your essay's audience will remember. It is critical to select a thesis statement that is both intriguing and provocative yet accurate and true. It is what makes the structure of expository essay powerful and constructive.
What is the Main Idea in Expository Writing?
Identifying the core concept, or the most crucial message the author wishes to convey, is the fundamental objective for all expository papers. The text's main concepts are frequently introduced early, generally in the introductory paragraph.
Using headings, subheadings, and other emphasis techniques, you may further emphasize key ideas. Main concepts, meanwhile, can also be inferred from the text and not explicitly expressed. Occasionally, you must draw the major concept from the text's specifics, assertions, and justifications.
Now that you know whats an expository essay, you must agree that writing an expository essay is a great method to learn how to effectively communicate information while also pursuing an interest of yours. Therefore, there are many ways in which knowing how to convey ideas and explain things will help you both professionally and individually.
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61 General Expository Essay Topic Ideas to Practice Academic Writing
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- Teaching Resources
- An Introduction to Teaching
- Tips & Strategies
- Policies & Discipline
- Community Involvement
- School Administration
- Technology in the Classroom
- Teaching Adult Learners
- Issues In Education
- Becoming A Teacher
- Assessments & Tests
- Elementary Education
- Secondary Education
- Special Education
- M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Florida
- B.A., History, University of Florida
Expository essays discuss topics by using facts rather than opinions, requiring students to evaluate and investigate while setting forth their arguments clearly and concisely. Teachers often include expository essays as part of assessments , especially in college-level courses, so students can help themselves succeed by practicing writing these types of essays. When teachers are integrating writing throughout the curriculum, students can use expository essays to demonstrate what they've learned in other courses.
Sample Expository Essay Topics From Students
Tenth-graders wrote the following general expository essay topics. Students can practice writing these topics or use the list to come up with topics of their own. The important thing to remember is that these expository essays are based on facts rather than the writer's beliefs or feelings.
- Explain why you admire a particular person.
- Explain why someone you know should be regarded as a leader.
- Explain why parents are sometimes strict.
- If you had to be an animal, which would you be and why?
- Explain why you especially enjoy a particular teacher.
- Explain why some cities have curfews for teens.
- Explain why some students are forced to leave school once they are sixteen.
- Explain how moving from place to place affects teens.
- Explain why getting a driver's license is an important event in the lives of many teenagers.
- Describe the major stressors in teens' lives.
- Explain why you like or don't like working in a team.
- Describe some nonmaterial things that make you happy.
- Explain why some teens commit suicide.
- Explain how music affects your life.
- Explain the impact of different music genres on society.
- Explain why students listen to a particular type of music.
- Explain why some teens skip school.
- Explain the likely consequences of skipping school.
- Describe the likely consequences of doing poorly in school.
- Explain why teens do drugs.
- Describe the likely consequences of selling drugs.
- Describe the likely consequences of taking drugs.
- Explain why teens smoke cigarettes .
- Explain the likely consequences of being kicked out of school.
- Explain the likely consequences of skipping classes.
- Explain the likely consequences of brothers and sisters constantly fighting.
- Explain why teens wear makeup.
- Explain the consequences of having alcohol on the school campus.
- Explain the likely consequences of being sexually active without using protection.
- Explain why some teens' parents do not like to be alone with their child's boyfriend or girlfriend.
- Explain the likely consequences of increasing the time between classes from five to 15 minutes.
- Explain why some teens join gangs.
- Explain the difficulties some teens have once they are in gangs.
- Explain how life for a teenager changes once she has a baby.
- Describe what you feel a boy should do if he finds out his girlfriend is pregnant.
- Explain why you should or should not laugh at embarrassing moments.
- Describe the effects of marijuana.
- Explain the likely consequences of teens becoming sexually active.
- Explain why it is helpful to organize your materials and activities.
- Explain why your schoolwork is important.
- Describe the ways you help out at home.
- Explain the likely consequences of abolishing capital punishment.
- Explain the consequences of adopting a pass/fail grading system.
- Explain the likely consequences of enforcing an 11:00 p.m. curfew.
- Explain the likely consequences of ending forced busing.
- Explain why some teenagers dislike saying the pledge to the flag.
- Explain why some schools don't have open lunch policies.
- Explain why most teenagers are materialistic.
- Explain why some teens get jobs.
- Explain the consequences of having a job while in high school.
- Explain the likely consequences of dropping out of school.
- Describe some productive ways students can spend their leisure time.
- Explain why dealing with their parents' divorce can be difficult for many teens.
- Explain why teens love their parents even when family situations are difficult.
- Describe the things that bring you the greatest happiness.
- Describe three things you would like to change the world and explain why you would change them.
- Explain why you prefer living in an apartment (or house).
- Describe the likely consequences of requiring a childbearing license.
- Describe three objects that symbolize our culture and explain why you selected them.
- Explain why you are interested in a particular career.
- Explain the likely consequences of requiring students to wear school uniforms.
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3 Examples of a Good Expository Essay
If you are reading this article, there’s a high probability that you are to compose an expository essay. Don’t panic! Writing a good expository essay is not difficult at all. Based on own professional experience, as well as a bunch of reputable sources, I’ve developed a list of tips that will help you to come up with a truly nice paper. Besides, make sure to check expository essay examples for your better understanding.
Alright, let’s go ahead now!
What Is Expository Writing?
You may probably wonder what an expository essay is. Ok, Purdue Online Writing Lab defines expository writing as “ 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 .”
Still confused? No, worries. Let’s approach the genre in terms of what expository essay IS and what it IS NOT .
Remember that a good expository essay:
- Informs the reader, describes or explains something.
- Introduces facts.
- Provides exhaustive information on a particular topic.
At the same time, if you are requested to analyze something or persuade your audience about something, then you are looking in the wrong direction! Expository essays do not deal with these issues.
Now as you understand what an expository writing is, let me suggest you a number of topics that can inspire composing a great expository essay.
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Topics for High School Expository Essay
- “What is antibiotic resistance?”
- “What Are the Short- and Long-Term Effects of Juvenile Delinquency?”
- “The Life and Creative Activity of Henry Fielding”
Topics for College Expository Essay
- “What Is Transhumanism?”
- “What Is So Special about Introverts?”
- “What Are the Reasons for Obesity?”
In fact, there are many more issues to write a nice expository essay about. Still, choosing an interesting topic is not enough, and you may probably wonder how essay examples looks like. Below, I have collected several samples of truly great papers.
Expository Essay Example for High School
My Favorite Storybook
Expository Essay Example for College
Reasons for Obesity
Expository Essay Example about Education
What Is Scaffolding Teaching
“Scaffolding teaching practices are gaining momentum in academia. Experts define scaffolding as “a process through which a teacher adds support for students in order to enhance learning and aid in the mastery of task”(Iris Center, 2018). Educators have developed a range of approaches to instructional scaffolding. Obviously, the most commonly used one is the “show and tell” approach. In it, an instructor demonstrates to students what they are expected to do. Noteworthy, this approach involves a number of strategies, including the fishbowl activity and think aloud techniques. Another popular scaffolding approach is about giving students time to discuss what they have learned. The logic behind this approach is simple: students need time to articulate and make sense of what they have understood. In addition to the mentioned scaffolding practices, teachers make use of the pre-teach vocabulary, tapping into prior knowledge and utilization of visual aids techniques. Each of these approaches has distinctive advantages, thereby requires in-depth examination.”
How to Write a Good Expository Essay: A Ste-by-Step Guideline
Also, to polish your writing and come up with a quality expository essay, consider these simple tips that sum up years of experience in the field of academic writing.
- Choose a topic
There are thousands of topics to write on. In case you don’t have any personal preferences or doubt whether your topic will be of interest to potential readers, consider some external search. Luckily enough, there are many sites suggesting topics for expository writing. Personally I liked this one .
- Gather ideas
Evidently any topic you select implies a variety of perspectives. For instance, you can discuss teen pregnancy in terms of its effect on high school dropout rates. But you can also approach the topic with regard to the long-term health effects, social stigma, right to abortion and even transgenerational trauma. The point is that gathering of ideas gives you a better understanding of the topic and helps to choose the angle from which your description will be most interesting for the target audience.
By the way, remember to
- Evaluate the Audience
Before writing an expository essay, make sure you have answers to these questions :
(1) “Which is my audience?”
(2) “What do they know about the topic?”
(3) “What else do they want to learn?”
(4) “What tone will my audience like/dislike?”
(5) “Which point of view will they consider most appropriate/effective?”
- Write a Strong Thesis Statement
You already know what thesis statement is, so I’m sure you won’t have any difficulties writing a great one.
- Organize Your Essay
There are so many ways to organize your essay. However, a novice writer will probably benefit from the 5-paragraph structure. Basically, this structure includes:
- 3 evidentiary body paragraphs
Now, you can see that writing an expository essay is as easy as a b c. You can try your hand at writing sample expository essays. Please, don’t forget to report your progress.
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Have you been asked to write an expository essay about yourself?
Writing an expository essay about yourself can seem like a daunting task. How do you sum up your life in just a few paragraphs? Where do you even start?
Don't worry! You'll get all the answers here!
In this blog, we will share examples of successful essays from which you can learn. We will also walk you through the steps of writing an expository essay about yourself. Moreover, you’ll get some tips to make the process easier.
Ready to dive in? Let’s go.
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What is an Expository Essay About Yourself?
Before you start writing an expository essay , it is important to understand what this type of paper is.
An expository essay about yourself is a form of descriptive and narrative nonfiction essay where you describe your life experiences.
The goal of the essay should be to explain a particular topic from your life story by providing evidence and examples.
For example, imagine you were writing an expository essay about yourself and your goals for the future. In the essay, you would discuss what drives you to succeed and how you plan to achieve them.
It should tell a story that speaks to the reader without being overly biased or subjective. Let's check out a few interesting example essays to see how they should be written.
Expository Essay About Yourself Examples
Reading examples of successful essays can help you gain a better understanding of how to structure and write your own essay.
Let's take a look at these expository essay samples:
Writing About Myself Sample for Students
Write About Yourself in 200 Words
500 Words Essay About Myself - Free Example PDF
Sample Essay about Myself - Expository Essay PDF
Short Essay About Myself - PDF Sample
By reading these examples, you can get valuable insight into the writing process. It will help you become more proficient in your own writing.
Want to read more sample essays? Check out our blog about expository essay examples .
How To Write an Expository Essay About Yourself?
Have you read the example essays? Now it’s your time to write an essay.
To help you get started, here is a step-by-step guide for writing an expository essay about yourself:
Choose a Topic
The topic of your essay should be a significant experience or an important period of your life.
This can include topics such as hobbies, travel, relationships, or career aspirations. You can also take an important period of your life, such as high school, as your topic. It’s a personal essay, so feel free to choose any aspect of your life.
Think carefully about the topic you choose so it allows you ample room to write an effective essay.
Check out this blog if you need more expository essay topics .
Choose Information and Facts
Once you have chosen a topic, start choosing important facts and information related to it.
This can include:
- Notes on personal experiences and reflections,
- Research from books and other sources,
- Or even photos or videos capturing important moments.
This information will provide the substance of your essay and make it more interesting for readers.
Organize Your Ideas
With your facts and information in hand, start organizing the material into an essay outline for your essay.
Use this outline to guide the flow of your personal narrative so everything flows together logically without any gaps.
Once you have organized all of the material relevant to your topic, start writing!
Give solid arguments backed up by facts as well as insightful reflections from personal experience when appropriate.
Keep each body paragraph focused on one idea at a time. Use transitions between paragraphs so ideas blend easily into each other.
Before submitting your essay for review, make sure to proofread and revise it carefully.
It is important to catch any typos or grammar errors you might have missed previously. Additionally, try reading out loud what you wrote. This is often helpful in finding confusing sentences or clumsy phrases that require editing before submission.
With these steps in mind, crafting an excellent expository essay about yourself should be easy. Continue reading for a few additional tips that will ease your writing process.
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Tips For Writing a Good Expository Essay About Yourself
Writing a good expository essay about yourself can be tricky, but with the right approach, you have nothing to worry about.
Here are some helpful tips for writing an excellent expository essay about yourself:
1. Be Honest & Accurate:
When writing an expository essay, it's best to maintain an honest and accurate portrayal of yourself.
Don't try to present a false image or embellish the facts. Instead, remain genuine and straightforward in your writing.
2. Showcase Your Personality:
When presenting yourself, make sure to showcase the unique personality traits that set you apart from everyone else.
Use vivid language to bring readers into your experiences and inject some of your own humor or insight into the story.
3. Be Specific:
When writing an expository essay about yourself, it's important to be as specific as possible.
Avoid generalizations and instead include details that will bring life to the essay. Specific details help readers get a fuller picture of who you are and what makes you special.
4. Be Creative:
Don't be afraid to get creative with your expository essay. After all, it is a type of creative writing.
For instance, you can include witty and interesting personal stories from your life. Also, try using a unique writing style to make your essay stand out from everyone else's.
By following these tips, you will be able to produce an excellent expository essay about yourself in no time.
To wrap it up,
Writing an expository essay about yourself is a great way to share your experiences and reflections with the world.
By following the steps outlined above, you can create an engaging, informative, and creative essay that will leave readers wanting more!
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How To Write The Introduction To An Expository Essay
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Catching readers off-guard.
When you introduce a thing to the readers, it is about making the first impression that can stick. If it does not, they will not care about moving to another sentence let alone going through the succeeding sections until the conclusion of the essay.
The best thing about an introduction is that it can catch readers off-guard. Many writers employ tricks like quoting another author or presenting a fact that can be amusing or shocking to the readers. This is necessary to get the readers into the fold. Otherwise, they will abandon the reading before even starting it.
Expository Essay Writing 101
Students often find it hard to write expository essays because they cannot understand their nature. This is true to some extent because their understanding of expository essays is limited to simple definitions and explanations.
An expository essay is a type of essay that conveys only factual information to the readers. The prose is often unadorned with no subjectivity and personal character of the writer. All the contents of the essay are presented in an easy-to-follow manner with no room for confusion or ambiguity. That’s why the format of many manuals and how-to articles is expository because it provides actionable information to the readers.
The major sections of an expository essay are the same, as a narrative or descriptive essay. These include an introduction with a hook, some context, and a thesis statement. The main body explains the arguments and supporting evidence, one for each paragraph. In the end, the conclusion summarizes the major points in a compact form.
Best Ways To Write Introduction For An Expository Essay
Understandably, school and college students struggle with writing impactful introductions. Most of the time, they understand the importance but feel the pressure so not a single permutation of opening lines cut it for them. This dilemma can be resolved with some editing and proofreading sessions. Still, many writers feel stuck on what to do with the opening.
In this section, we will explore four distinct angles that they can explore in their essays. We recommend personal discretion and understanding based on the scope and reach of the essay.
Sharing A Fact
Since there is no room for personal character and figurative language in an expository essay , it can help writers to start with a fact. It can be anything that relates the fact or piece of information with the broad theme of the essay. For instance, if a student is writing about corruption in society, he can share a fact or statistic to get the attention of the readers. Before sharing, make sure it is credible and references facts to the source. Otherwise, it will end up weakening the narrative for both the writer and the readers.
Asking A Query
This is an interactive way for a writer to start his expository essay. By asking a question, a writer involves the readers in the essay. They are no longer readers but participants in the journey. This is helpful in both cases, whether the writer provides the answer to that question in the end or not. A thesis of an expository essay is also a question, but this does not count in this category and should be answered before the conclusion. This query is something deeply connected with the essay but is different in reach and scope from the main question epitomized in the thesis statement.
Opening With Thesis
For other essay types, it is recommended to state the thesis in the closing lines of the introduction. But when it comes to writing the introduction to an expository essay, exceptions can be made. That’s why you can open your essay with the thesis statement. This makes sense because it set the perfect stage for the context and background information before diving deep into the arguments and their evidence. Still, it is best to keep things bold and brief to avoid monotony. A thesis statement should be able to connect with the readers and should not exceed more than a couple of lines.
Citing A Quote
Readers love one-liners and quotes. So, one of the best ways to write the introduction of an expository essay is by citing a quote. The rules of sharing a fact apply here too, such as the quote should be relevant, authentic, and referenced to the source. There is no need to exactly start with a quote. You can add better value to it by providing some context to it. This way, it will make a better impact on the readers and help them cover the gaps. Writers should go through multiple sources and scenarios before moving forward.
Practical Tips To Ace The Opening
This term is either used in boxing or literature. But we are talking about the effects of opening lines on the readers. A hook is often used in the form of a literary device, such as a question, a statement, or a fact. Its purpose there is to connect with the readers and grab their attention. The right hook in expository essays is about balancing the elements and understanding the essence of the write-up.
Readers are stakeholders in an essay. Much of the rhetoric and context are provided so that they can help themselves in understanding the contents of the essay. So, while writing the essay, there is space for both the elements of suspense and secrecy as well as revealing at the perfect time. But an expository essay, in the end, should have enough context to make the write-up an actionable piece of writing.
A thesis statement is the sum of the main idea or theme of the essay. It consists of a couple of sentences distilling the main idea or theme of the essay. That’s why one of the best ways to start an expository essay is by stating the thesis in the beginning. Wherever you put the thesis statement, it should be bold, comprehensive, and cover all the basis for the topic and the title.
Why is the introduction of an expository essay an important part?
The introduction is one of the most important sections of an expository essay. It not only provides the necessary context to the readers but also helps the writers to attract them. There are countless “ideal” ways to start an essay. We have covered many ways in this essay that will help students cover their write-ups.
Does outlining the whole essay in the beginning help?
Of course, it does. Many students complain about writer’s block because they don’t know what to write when they get stuck in the middle of the process. Contrary to this, outlining the whole essay can save time and effort and keep the project on track. If you want to complete your project on time and save trouble, it is important to outline – from start to finish.
What is the ideal place to state the thesis of the essay?
There are two important places where writers can state the thesis, especially in an expository essay:
- The most common place is the concluding lines of the introduction. It helps the writers to transition from the introduction to the main body. It also aids readers in understanding the depth and scope of the thesis statement.
- In the case of an expository essay, you can write the thesis statement in the beginning. This can help them start the essay with a better impact.
What are the hallmarks of an expository essay?
Different types of writings are defined by the hallmarks and features that they exhibit to their readers. When it comes to expository essays, these are their distinct features:
- Factual information
- Objective tone and voice
- Devoid of opinions and personal views
How can I utilize a quote in the introduction of an expository essay?
One of the best ways to utilize a quote in the introduction of an expository essay is by bridging it with the contents of the essay. For instance, if you are writing an essay on the jury system in the US, you can start with a quote that sheds light on the premises of the essay as well as the jury system in the country.
What is the role of objectivity in expository essay writing?
Objectivity reigns supreme when it comes to writing expository essays. Since these essays are about factual, actionable information, they should have objective and unambiguous information to ensure that the majority of the readers arrive at the same conclusion. This is one of the hallmarks of expository writing and students should keep that in mind while writing one.
Getting A Good Start With Expository Essays
Beginning on the right footing is important while writing expository essay s. These are complicated and hard to ace, compared to narrative and descriptive essay s. That’s why we have dedicated this blog to writing a winning introduction.
There are a lot of dynamics and mechanics involved in writing the opening section alone. So, novice writers and students should keep all the necessary elements in mind to materialize the desired effects.
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