Expository Writing Used to explain, describe, and inform readers about a specific topic. This is done through giving direct information, and proving that the information is correct by showing the reader details. The author should use words that clearly show what they are talking about rather than blatantly telling the reader what is being discussed.
Prompt: Each year has four seasons: Winter Spring Summer Fall Which of these seasons is your favorite?
Brainstorm / Prewrite Next to each season, write thoughts you have about it: Winter (cold, Christmas, family, decorations) Spring (Spring Break, testing, flowers, rain, Easter) Summer (no bed time, no school, vacations, beach, swimming) Fall (leaves change colors, school starts, football)
Central Idea Which of the seasons did you write the most favorable things? _______ is my favorite time of year. This will be your topic sentence or your central idea for your expository essay.
1. Write your central idea here
Introductory Paragraph You need a lead to introduce the central idea The lead must be able to engage the reader Dialogue Written conversational exchange between two or more people Inner Thoughts thoughts and feelings of a character as they occur Anecdote Short account of a particular incident or event, especially of an interesting or amusing nature
Do not forget - Introduction “Hook” the reader Do not tell your entire story in this paragraph Last sentence in this paragraph is your central idea Make sure to punctuate correctly Spell everything right Use good grammar
2. Write your lead and central idea to make your introductory paragraph here
Peer Edit Trade papers with your neighbor Is your partners introductory paragraph interesting enough to make you keep reading? If not, let your partner know what could be changed to make it more interesting Is everything spelled correctly? Is the punctuation correct? Trade papers with another neighbor Is your partners introductory paragraph interesting enough to make you keep reading? If not, let your partner know what could be changed to make it more interesting Is everything spelled correctly? Is the punctuation correct?
Make Changes If you agree with the peer edit suggestions, make the necessary changes Read through your introductory paragraph one last time Is this something you are proud of and willing to turn in for a grade? Turn it in for a grade!
Body Paragraph FEED your paper Facts Explanation Example Details
Do not forget - Body You need to topics that support your central idea Do not restate your central idea Use correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation Do not use so many details in this paragraph that you lose your reader
Feed your body here Feed your body again here
Peer Edit Trade papers with your neighbor Does your partners body paragraph support the central idea? If not, let your partner know Is everything spelled correctly? Is the punctuation correct? Did you find any grammar mistakes? Is there between 3 and 4 sentences per topic? Trade papers with another neighbor Does your partners body paragraph support the central idea? If not, let your partner know Is everything spelled correctly? Is the punctuation correct? Did you find any grammar mistakes? Is there between 3 and 4 sentences per topic?
Conclusion Paragraph Write a concluding statement that refers back to the central idea without repeating it exactly as you have it.
Do not forget - Conclusion No new information Never write “so in conclusion, so here you have it, now I have told you …” Remind the reader of your two topics Restate your central idea without using the exact same wording Use correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation
Summer is a time of year I am able to do two things I enjoy most, spending time with my family and watching fireworks on the Fourth of July. These are the reasons I treasure summer. Love = affectionate, attachment, devoted, fondness, passionate, appreciate, cherish, prize, treasure, value
Write your conclusion here
Put it all together Write your introduction, body, and conclusion on the lined paper Take your paper home this weekend to have your parents do one last edit Come back Monday with your entire paper so that you can make the necessary changes for your final paper