Expository Writing Tips

Writing expository essays is a common task in school days and through this type of essay writing, students can improve their writing style as well as thinking skill. However, Expository writing is a type of literary work, which is non-fiction in nature and it is usually written about a certain topic. It is a type of writing that needs illustration, explanation and most importantly, it is composed in a straightforward manner. The articles of newspapers and magazines, textbooks and essays can be included as expository writing. The written document that seeks explanation can be categorized as expository writing. However, this kind of writing is quite different from the poetry and fiction.

Expository writing is structured with an introductory paragraph, body paragraphs and conclusion. The thesis statement is written in the introductory paragraph and consequently, it is explained in the body paragraphs. However, the body paragraphs directly relate to the introductory paragraph and the last paragraph is the conclusion that sum up the entire topic. While composing this type of writing, students must include adequate information as much as they can. Here, the writer has a duty to make the readers thoroughly aware about the concerned topic.

Different kinds of writing can be referred as Expository writing. For example, a descriptive essay, process writing and comparison essays are the types of Expository writing. In the descriptive essay, the writers usually describe the characteristics of a person, event, thing, place and others. On the other hand, a process essay adds the directions or steps in a sequential manner. It is generally written for the instruction manuals. However, the guidelines of how to use the microwave or toaster is the examples of the process essays. Additionally, comparison essays represent the differences between two or more things.

Expository Writing Tips

• While drafting an Expository writing, students must include a strong thesis statement or main idea in the first paragraph. This statement is the main sentence and it should be clearly stated and well-defined. However, it should not be an opinion or a statement taken from a particular position. The thesis statement needs to be addressed in the other body paragraphs.
• Usually, a well-structured essay is designed with five paragraphs. The first one is introductory paragraph and the next three are body paragraphs and the last paragraph is conclusion, which accumulates the entire discussion or explanation. However, each body paragraph should cover each specific point. The paragraphs should incorporate facts as well as pertinent examples by supporting the thesis statement.
• Conclusion paragraph is important as it gives the readers a final information or an idea about the topic. Any new information or point should not be added in the conclusion. In brief, the conclusion strengthens the main idea of the writing.
• Expository writing is not the explanation of personal experiences and hence, the use of ‘I’ and ‘You’ should be avoided. Students can use ‘he’, ‘she’ or ‘it’.
• Transition should be included between the paragraphs so that the readers can get involved in the writing.
• Expository writing should carry a logical and straightforward tone.

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