Explanatory Essay Topics

An explanatory essay provides an explanation of a certain viewpoint, situation, or event. It is essential that this explanation simplify what is otherwise difficult to understand. Your goal is to educate the reader by providing thoughts and justification that help to make the viewpoint, situation, or event clearer to the reader.

Review the following quotations and select one. You will then write an explanatory essay that helps to make the quotation clear to the reader. y Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. Source: Lance Armstrong I would go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it would split in two, and I knew it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before. Source: Jacob A. Riis Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. Remember no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost. Sometime, somewhere, somehow we shall find that which we seek. Source: Helen Keller



As you write your explanatory essay, remember to: Focus on the meaning of the quote and making the meaning clearer to the reader Provide examples from your own life that help to explain the quote. Include specific details that clearly develop your essay. Organize your ideas logically and effectively. Edit carefully for standard grammar and language usage.

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