Expository Essays

The expository essay explains or acquaints the reader with knowledge. Explaining the topic shows the reader the knowledge the writer has. The purpose of an expository essay is to explain a topic without giving the writer’s opinion so the reader will have knowledge about the subject. This type of essay is designed to convey information and help the reader to understand the topic. Expository essays use an analysis of parts and the use of familiar illustrations to explain the topic.

Expository essays are essays that explain something with facts, or acquaint the reader with some information. The examples of such essays can be:

. Essay that explains how to do something.

. Essay that analyzes any objects, events, or ideas.

. Essay that depicts a process.

. Essay that describes some historical episode.

Usually expository essays are written in response to some prompt which requires the writer to expose or explain a particular topic. The length of expository essay can vary, depending on context.

An expository essay has the same basic structure as any other essay which includes an introduction, body, and a summary.

Introduction is the first paragraph in expository essay, and it should follow a few particular goals. It should capture the reader's attention, so better to start the essay with s really interesting statement, avoiding boring information. Another goal is to introduce the topic. In this part, couple sentences should explain the first statement and logically prepare the reader to the thesis of the essay. So, the third goal of introduction is to express writer's opinion in a thesis statement. The thesis should present a specific statement, clearly explaining the writer's position.

Body is the main and the biggest part of the expository essay. It is usually limited to three main paragraphs, each of which is limited to one main idea that supports the essay thesis. Here the writer should state his thesis, explain it using examples and evidence. It is better to add couple supporting statements with evidence and using transition words to lead to the conclusion.

The last paragraph of the expository essay should be conclusion. It should summarize the writer's main points and re-assert his main claim. It should express the main ideas, without using specific examples.

When the essay is ready, it is better to return to the introductory paragraph, read the thesis again and check if it is clearly followed through the whole essay. The supporting paragraphs should be strong. Rereading the essay will help to check if every sentence of the essay really supports, proves, and reflects the thesis.

The expository essay acquaints the reader with some material, at its purpose is to explain the topic that is presented by the writer, but without giving his personal opinion. Such essays are meant to convey information and assist the reader to understand the subject. There can be used an analysis of parts or familiar illustrations to explain the idea.

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