What is Expository Writing? Expository writing is defined as presenting reasons, explanations, or steps in a process Informational writing An expository essay should follow a logical sequence and have three different main points Logic and coherence is the main focus of an expository essay
How is it different ? Expository writing does not tell a story Expository writing does not persuade a reader but only gives facts and reasons Expository writing can also give the steps of a process
Expository Writing Introduction of an expository should include the main idea and what the essay is about The three main reasons supporting this main idea should also be included in the introduction Pay attention to the author’s structure of article you read. If the author is writing in sequence, so should you. If the author is describing something, so should you.
Introductory Paragraph for Expository Writing As with any essay, you must HOOK the reader. Pull apart the prompt to understand exactly what you are being asked to do. Next, include background information. Connect what the author has said and elaborate or explain it in a way that that you are helping someone who has no knowledge about the subject. Complete your introductory paragraph with your thesis statement (Topic + 3details). **Tip while reading text – pay attention to the subtitles, they will give you ideas that could be your 3 details.
Introductory Paragraph The introductory paragraph has 3 main parts: Hook – grabs reader attention Background – information that helps the reader understand what you are writing about Thesis statement – What the author is saying in your own words with 3 details or examples
Expository writing contd. Paragraph two should introduce the first reason and give details to support the first reason Paragraph three should introduce the second reason and give details to support the second reason Paragraph four should introduce the third reason and give details to support the third reason The conclusion should re-state all the reasons
Outline for Expository I. Introduction: A. Hook: The central idea for Monk’s The Words We Live By is …_________ B. Background information______________________________________ C. Background information on topic_______________________________ D. Background information on topic_______________________________ E. THESIS STATEMENT: Ex: The author wants the reader to know…._______ II. First Reason__________________________________________________ A. Fact/ or example_________________________________________ B. Detail__________________________________________________ C. Explanation in your words (Example: This means…) D. Sum- up statement_______________________________________ III. Second Reason_______________________________________________ A. Fact/or example_________________________________________ B. Detail__________________________________________________ C. Explanation in your own words (Example: The author makes the point…) D. Sum- up statement_______________________________________ IV. Third Reason_________________________________________________ A. Fact/example___________________________________________ B. Detail__________________________________________________ C. Explanation in your own words (Example: One can infer….) D. Sum- up statement V. Conclusion: Re- state all reasons in conclusion Clincher sentence- gives a summation of the above and a “feeling” about the whole essay. Use transition words, plan reasons in a logical order, make sure you re-state reasons in your conclusion.
Definition of Terms Thesis Statement: The main idea of the whole essay Transition words: Words such as first, second, as a result, which make transitions easy in the essay. Main Ideas: Each paragraph should have a main point or idea Supporting Details: Details support the main ideas
Re-Cap: Expository writing needs: One topic Reasons supporting that topic Details supporting the reasons A conclusion re-stating the reasons Transition words Clear, concise, logical and informative language
Topic: How I Would Change the World Read the paragraph then think of 3 ways in which you could help change the world. Changing the world starts from ourselves. This is one way to change the world for the better. Do not ever think of change as instant because it would make us lazy; there is a process. For example, when you are urged to cheat on a test because you feel like you can not do it, resist the urge. Make a commitment to yourself to study more so that you will be prepared. Another way to change the world is to treat others like you want to be treated. You will feel better about yourself and your kindness may rub off on others around you. Last but not least, become a smart, creative, and diligent person that has something to offer to your fellow citizens. Do not hold back on your unique abilities that will inspire others to seek their highest potential. These things will help all of humanity and ultimately help us to change the world for the better. - Martin
Topic Ideas: Topic: No more drugs Details: addictive, hurts families, expensive Cure Aids Details: epidemic, people are dying, world is unsafe Cure Cancer Details: families are split apart, people die, it is a disease which affects all of us Equality among people/race/religion Details: examples of race, religion etc. Stop pollution Details: water purity, ozone layer, fish die, people have respiratory diseases Animal Abuse Details: animal testing, cruelty to animals, elephant poaching Child Abuse Details: neglect, physical abuse, verbal abuse Family Values Details: immorality, adultery, faithfulness Education Details: school grades, make school fun, scores, learn to read and write Crime Details: gang warfare, drive by shooting, mafia, robberies World Hunger Details: India- starving people, Africa, homeless and starving in America Government Dictators Details: Hitler, Hussein, Mussolini
Details Can be descriptive Can be factual Can be from personal experience Can be anecdotes – or how to solve something
Paragraph One Thesis statement Background information on your three topics I admire friends with great qualities. Three qualities I admire are: loyalty, honesty, a good sense of humor.
Paragraph 2 Put main idea for paragraph 2 on the outline Add your details Personal experiences Descriptive details-describe experience Facts about the topic- Short anecdotes
Paragraph 3 Put your main idea on the outline Add your details Personal experiences Description of how the topic works itself out Examples of the topic
Paragraph 4 Add your main idea onto your outline Add your details Personal examples of how the idea has been experienced by you in your life Describe how the idea “ looks” or what the person does Facts
Conclusion Re-state all of your ideas in your conclusion. In other words, summarize your own words from your introductory paragraph.
What are the qualities of a good friend? Loyal Trusting Listen Respectful Fun Helpful Patient Keep Secrets Honesty Sense of Humor Smart Funny Athletic Doesn’t suck up to you/ (real, authentic person) Common interests
Transition words Add your transition words First Second Third Finally, or In Conclusion
Introduction Now let’s write the introduction together, now that we know what we are writing about. 1. Hook- Hook your reader with a question, quote, short anecdote, or personal experience statement
Introduction –contd. Write one “background” or informational sentence about each idea you are going to write about- Idea 1 Idea 2 Idea 3
Thesis Statement The thesis statement can be first in the paragraph, last in the paragraph or implied throughout the paragraph Example: I would like to change the world by improving the poverty situation in our world, alleviating crime, and helping the homeless.
Editing your essay Check that you have all the elements of an expository essay: Reasons Details Transition words Conclusion that re-states your topic Grammar Coherence, logic and clearly written
Expository Essay: There are three different types of expository essays: 1) Essay that is developed with examples and/or facts and statistics 2) Essay that is developed with steps in a process 3) Essay that is in a compare and contrast format Example: Paragraph 1: Introductory Paragraph A. Thesis sentence____________________________ B. Background info____________________________ C. Statistics- if relevant__________________________ Paragraph 2: Reason#1 or Process #1 Use a transition word A. Example/detail #1______________________________ B. Example/detail #2______________________________ C. Example/detail#3_______________________________ Paragraph 3: Reason #2or Process #2 Use a transition word A. Example/detail #1______________________________ B. Example/detail#2_______________________________ C. Example/detail #3______________________________ Paragraph 4: Reason #3 or Process #3 Use a transition word A. Example/detail #1_______________________________ B. Example/detail #2_______________________________ C. Example/detail#3________________________________ Paragraph 5:Conclusion: Take a reason from each paragraph and RE-STATE it in the conclusion. Add a clincher sentence. Evaluation: Do you have a clear logical topic? Have you introduced your topic in the first paragraph? Do you have one reason per paragraph? Do you have three details to support each reason? Have you used transition words at the beginning of each paragraph?