Expository

Writing

. Essays that describe a process. ideas. • Expository essays are often written in response to a prompt that asks the writer to expose or explain a specific topic. Essays that analyze events.Expository Essay • Expository essays are simply essays that explain something with facts. or written works. • Samples of expository essays include: Essays that described how to do something. objects. as opposed to opinion. Essays that explain/describe an historical event.

and the topic of the thesis should be grounded in fact. – Describe the composition and function of a chicken's egg. body paragraphs. • An expository essay should have an introductory paragraph.Expository Essay • Expository essays normally will look like the following: – Explain the events leading up to the Revolutionary War. • The introductory paragraph will contain the thesis sentence. The length of your essay can vary. – Explain how to balance a checkbook. and a summary. . according to context.

dilapidated bus from Montgomery." The second sentence sounds much more interesting." Instead. try something like "A Michigan museum recently paid $492. in order to pique the reader's interest. Capture the reader's interest It's a good idea to start your essay with a really interesting statement.Introduction • The introduction is the first paragraph in your essay. • 1. Avoid starting out with a boring line like "In this essay I will explain why Rosa Parks was an important figure. and it should accomplish a few specific goals. Alabama.000 for an old. . doesn't it? It would encourage most people to keep on reading.

• "The old yellow bus was reported to be the very one that sparked the civil rights movement. when a young woman named Rosa Parks." . Introduce the topic • The next few sentences should explain your first statement.Introduction • 2. and prepare the reader for your thesis statement...

even today. Rosa Parks inspired a courageous freedom movement that lives on.Introduction • 3. • Your thesis sentence should provide your specific assertion and convey clearly your point of view. Make a claim or express your opinion in a thesis sentence." . • "In refusing to surrender her seat to a white man.

" . then back it up with two or three sentences of evidence or examples. each limited to one main idea that supports your thesis. • Example of a main idea: • "It took incredible courage for an African American woman to make such a bold stance in 1955 Alabama.Body • The body of the essay will include three paragraphs. You should state your idea." • Offer evidence to support this statement: • "This act took place in an era when African Americans could be arrested and face severe retribution for committing the most trivial acts of defiance.

then use transition words to lead to the following paragraph. • Sample transition words: moreover in fact on the whole furthermore as a result simply put for this reason similarly likewise it follows that naturally by comparison surely yet .Body • Include a few more supporting statements with further evidence.

or reflects your thesis. • By doing this. but they don't address the exact focus of your thesis. Read your essay to see if it flows well. but should not repeat specific examples. Simply re-write your thesis sentence to fit your body and summary more exactly. it's a good idea to re-visit the thesis statement in your first paragraph. proves. It should point out your main points. . • You might find that the supporting paragraphs are strong.Conclusion • The final paragraph will summarize your main points and reassert your main claim. • Once you complete the first draft of your essay. you will ensure that every sentence in your essay supports.

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