The Expository Essay What is an expository essay?



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The Expository Essay

What is an expository essay?

  • An expository essay explains, or acquaints the reader with knowledge about the topic. Expository essays use facts and statistical information, cause and effect relationships, or examples.

What is an expository essay?

  • Since expository essays are factual, they are written without emotion and usually written in the third person. That means that the use of the pronoun "I" is not usually found within the essay.

Expository essays also have a distinct format.

  • The main idea (thesis statement) must be narrow enough to be supported within the essay.
  • Each supporting paragraph must have a main supporting idea and all other sentences must relate directly to it.
  • Transition words or phrases are important as they help the flow and reinforce the logic.

Expository essays also have a distinct format.

  • Finally, the conclusion paragraph should originally restate the main idea (thesis) and the main supporting ideas. Finish with the a statement that reinforces your position in a meaningful and memorable way.
  • Never introduce new material in the conclusion.
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2006 TN Expository Prompt

  • Writing Situation: Everyone enjoys receiving a gift.
  • What is the best gift you ever received? Why was it so special?
  • Directions for Writing: Now explain in an essay what your favorite gift was and why it was so special. Support your reasons with examples and details
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  • The best gift I ever received was a puppy given to me by my grandmother for my 8th birthday.
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  • Being an only child, the puppy became a welcomed companion.
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  • Being an only child, the puppy became a welcomed companion.
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    • Comforts me when I am sad
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  • Being an only child, Mac became a welcomed companion.
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  • As the Mac grew up, he became a fierce watchdog.
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  • Topic sentence or thesis statement:
  • The best gift I ever received was a puppy named Mac, given to me by my grandmother for my 8th birthday.
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  • As the Mac grew up, he became a fierce watchdog.
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    • Comforts me when I am sad
    • Play together
    • Sleeps in my room
    • Guards the house when we are
    • away
    • Protects me from other dogs
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  • The best gift I ever received was a puppy named Mac, given to me by my grandmother for my 8th birthday.
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  • As the Mac grew up, he became a fierce watchdog.
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    • Comforts me when I am sad
    • Play together
    • Sleeps in my room
    • Guards the house when we are
    • away
    • Protects me from other dogs
    • Warns me of approaching
    • strangers.
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  • The best gift I ever received was a puppy named Mac, given to me by my grandmother for my 8th birthday.
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  • Being an only child, Mac became a welcomed companion.
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  • As the Mac grew up, he became a fierce watchdog.
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    • Comforts me when I am sad
    • Play together
    • Sleeps in my room
    • Guards the house when we are
    • away
    • Protects me from other dogs
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    • strangers.
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  • The best gift I ever received was a puppy named Mac, given to me by my grandmother for my 8th birthday.
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  • Mac has taught me about responsibility.
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  • As the Mac grew up, he became a fierce watchdog.
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    • Comforts me when I am sad
    • Play together
    • Sleeps in my room
    • Guards the house when we are
    • away
    • Protects me from other dogs
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    • strangers.
  • Topic sentence or thesis statement:
  • The best gift I ever received was a puppy named Mac, given to me by my grandmother for my 8th birthday.
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  • Conclusion: (Complete sentence) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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  • Being an only child, Mac became a welcomed companion.
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  • Mac has taught me about responsibility.
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  • As the Mac grew up, he became a fierce watchdog.
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    • Comforts me when I am sad
    • Play together
    • Sleeps in my room
    • Guards the house when we are
    • away
    • Protects me from other dogs
    • Warns me of approaching
    • strangers.
  • Topic sentence or thesis statement:
  • The best gift I ever received was a puppy named Mac, given to me by my grandmother for my 8th birthday.
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  • Conclusion: (Complete sentence) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  • Supporting reason or idea 1: (Complete Sentence)
  • Being an only child, Mac became a welcomed companion.
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  • Mac has taught me about responsibility.
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  • As the Mac grew up, he became a fierce watchdog.
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    • Comforts me when I am sad
    • Play together
    • Sleeps in my room
    • Guards the house when we are
    • away
    • Protects me from other dogs
    • Warns me of approaching
    • strangers.
  • Topic sentence or thesis statement:
  • The best gift I ever received was a puppy named Mac, given to me by my grandmother for my 8th birthday.
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  • Conclusion: (Complete sentence) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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  • Being an only child, Mac became a welcomed companion.
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  • Mac has taught me about responsibility.
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  • As the Mac grew up, he became a fierce watchdog.
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  • Conclusion: (Complete sentence) Max is the most valuable gift I have ever received.
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    • Comforts me when I am sad
    • Play together
    • Sleeps in my room
    • Guards the house when we are
    • away
    • Protects me from other dogs
    • Warns me of approaching
    • strangers.
  • Topic sentence or thesis statement:
  • The best gift I ever received was a puppy named Mac, given to me by my grandmother for my 8th birthday.
    • Fed and bathed Max
    • Took Max for walks
    • Made sure Max had his shots
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  • Being an only child, Mac became a welcomed companion.
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  • Mac has taught me about responsibility.
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  • As the Mac grew up, he became a fierce watchdog.
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  • Conclusion: (Complete sentence) Max is the most valuable gift I have ever received.
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    • Comforts me when I am sad
    • Play together
    • Sleeps in my room
    • Guards the house when we are
    • away
    • Protects me from other dogs
    • Warns me of approaching
    • strangers.
  • Topic sentence or thesis statement:
  • The best gift I ever received was a puppy named Mac, given to me by my grandmother for my 8th birthday.
    • Fed and bathed Max
    • Took Max for walks
    • Made sure Max had his shots
    • companion
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  • Being an only child, Mac became a welcomed companion.
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  • Mac has taught me about responsibility.
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  • As the Mac grew up, he became a fierce watchdog.
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  • Conclusion: (Complete sentence) Max is the most valuable gift I have ever received.
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    • Comforts me when I am sad
    • Play together
    • Sleeps in my room
    • Guards the house when we are
    • away
    • Protects me from other dogs
    • Warns me of approaching
    • strangers.
  • Topic sentence or thesis statement:
  • The best gift I ever received was a puppy named Mac, given to me by my grandmother for my 8th birthday.
    • Fed and bathed Max
    • Took Max for walks
    • Made sure Max had his shots
    • companion
    • watchdog
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  • Supporting reason or idea 1: (Complete Sentence)
  • Being an only child, Mac became a welcomed companion.
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  • Mac has taught me about responsibility.
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  • As the Mac grew up, he became a fierce watchdog.
  • Transition Word:
  • Conclusion: (Complete sentence) Max is the most valuable gift I have ever received.
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    • Comforts me when I am sad
    • Play together
    • Sleeps in my room
    • Guards the house when we are
    • away
    • Protects me from other dogs
    • Warns me of approaching
    • strangers.
  • Topic sentence or thesis statement:
  • The best gift I ever received was a puppy named Mac, given to me by my grandmother for my 8th birthday.
    • Fed and bathed Max
    • Took Max for walks
    • Made sure Max had his shots
  • Supporting reason or idea 1: (Complete Sentence)
  • Being an only child, Mac became a welcomed companion.
  • Supporting reason or idea 1: (Complete Sentence)
  • Mac has taught me about responsibility.
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  • As the Mac grew up, he became a fierce watchdog.
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  • Conclusion: (Complete sentence) Max is the most valuable gift I have ever received.
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    • Comforts me when I am sad
    • Play together
    • Sleeps in my room
    • Guards the house when we are
    • away
    • Protects me from other dogs
    • Warns me of approaching
    • strangers.
  • Topic sentence or thesis statement:
  • The best gift I ever received was a puppy named Mac, given to me by my grandmother for my 8th birthday.
    • Fed and bathed Max
    • Took Max for walks
    • Made sure Max had his shots
    • companion
    • watchdog
    • lesson in responsibility
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  • Being an only child, Mac became a welcomed companion.
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  • For instance,
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  • Mac has taught me about responsibility.
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  • As the Mac grew up, he became a fierce watchdog.
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  • Eventually,
  • Conclusion: (Complete sentence) Max is the most valuable gift I have ever received.
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    • Comforts me when I am sad
    • Play together
    • Sleeps in my room
    • Guards the house when we are
    • away
    • Protects me from other dogs
    • Warns me of approaching
    • strangers.
  • Topic sentence or thesis statement:
  • The best gift I ever received was a puppy named Mac, given to me by my grandmother for my 8th birthday.
    • Fed and bathed Max
    • Took Max for walks
    • Made sure Max had his shots
    • companion
    • watchdog
    • lesson in responsibility
  • Supporting reason or idea 1: (Complete Sentence)
  • Being an only child, Mac became a welcomed companion.
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  • For instance,
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  • Mac has taught me about responsibility.
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  • Truly,
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  • As the Mac grew up, he became a fierce watchdog.
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  • Eventually
  • Conclusion: (Complete sentence) Max is the most valuable gift I have ever received.
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    • Comforts me when I am sad
    • Play together
    • Sleeps in my room
    • Guards the house when we are
    • away
    • Protects me from other dogs
    • Warns me of approaching
    • strangers.
  • Topic sentence or thesis statement:
  • The best gift I ever received was a puppy named Mac, given to me by my grandmother for my 8th birthday.
    • Fed and bathed Max
    • Took Max for walks
    • Made sure Max had his shots
    • companion
    • watchdog
    • lesson in responsibility
  • Supporting reason or idea 1: (Complete Sentence)
  • Being an only child, Mac became a welcomed companion.
  • Transition Word:
  • For instance,
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  • Mac has taught me about responsibility.
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  • Truly
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  • As the Mac grew up, he became a fierce watchdog.
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  • Eventually
  • Conclusion: (Complete sentence) Max is the most valuable gift I have ever received.
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  • All in all,
    • Comforts me when I am sad
    • Play together
    • Sleeps in my room
    • Guards the house when we are
    • away
    • Protects me from other dogs
    • Warns me of approaching
    • strangers.
  • Topic sentence or thesis statement:
  • The best gift I ever received was a puppy named Mac, given to me by my grandmother for my 8th birthday.
    • Fed and bathed Max
    • Took Max for walks
    • Made sure Max had his shots
    • companion
    • watchdog
    • lesson in responsibility

Developing the introductory paragraph.

  • Use a HOOK to engage the reader:
  • The Hook (PowerPoint  Download)
  • Topic sentence or thesis statement:
  • The best gift I ever received was a puppy named Mac, given to me by my grandmother for my 8th birthday.

Developing the introductory paragraph.

  • There’s an old saying, “Dog is man’s best friend.” On my eighth birthday my grandmother gave me the gift of a best friend, my first puppy, Mac. It was the most wonderful
  • outstanding
  • gift I have ever received.
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The concluding paragraph

  • The concluding paragraph:
  • Restates the main idea or thesis
  • Summarizes the supporting ideas
  • Ends with a punch!

The concluding paragraph

  • All in all, I would have to a say that Mac is the best gift I have ever received. He has become a trusted friend, he is a ferocious watchdog, and through Mac, I have learned the meaning of responsibility.
  • As the saying goes, Mac is the “gift that keeps on giving.”

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