Why worry about expository writing? Think about the type of writing most of us encounter in our daily lives. When was the last time you read a non-fiction book, a magazine, or a newspaper article? You guessed it, the author used expository writing. And you, the writer use it all the time. In school there are school exams, research papers, and book reports; in the workplace there are business reports, memos, emails, not to mention those pesky resumes. Developing strong expository skills can only make you a better writer.
As with any kind of writing, the key to exceptional expository writing is to know your topic, your audience, your purpose, and to make a plan before beginning to write.
- Topic: What your essay is about. What information do you want to impart?
- Thesis Statement: This is usually a single sentence that defines, states, and encapsulates the gist of your essay.
- Introduction: Usually the first paragraph of your essay, (put your topic/thesis here).
- Catch your reader’s interest; begin with a good “grabber”.
- Restate the topic and define it.
- State three explanations or examples proving your point. Some research may be involved.
- End with a transitional word or sentence that leads into the next paragraph.
- Body: expands upon your topic/thesis
- Use a transitional word at the beginning of each subsequent paragraph, (don’t use the same one twice) as well as an introductory sentence.
- Develop different aspects of your argument, point, fact, or evidence to support your thesis.
- Conclusion: Wrap up time
- Restate your topic using different wording than paragraph one.
- Summarize your essay in one or two sentences.
- Draw a final conclusion in one sentence if possible.
See, not nearly as scary as it sounds right? Writing is writing, the key is knowing what you want to say and then letting the words do it for you.
Teachers of English, grammar, and English challenge your students to see how fun writing for fun and facts can be.