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Expository Essay

Research, Write, Present

Expository Essay - Research, Write, Present

Big Idea

Are you ready to write an expository essay? An expository essay usually begins with an introductory paragraph that gets readers interested in a topic, includes three (or more) body paragraphs that explain the topic, and ends with a concluding paragraph that summarizes the topic. An interesting and informative essay can make writing seem easy. But most good expositions are the result of a lot of hard work. Many successful expository writers use feedback from peers to make their essays interesting and informative. Learn how to draft, edit, and revise an expository essay and you can explain any topic in any subject in an interesting and informative way.

In this module:

  • Write an introductory paragraph that engages readers in your essay
  • Write body paragraphs that present your main points in a smooth and logical order
  • Write a concluding paragraph that readers will remember
  • Use peer review to make your expository essay more interesting and informative
  • Edit your essay to find and correct problems with writing mechanics

Activity 1: Introductory Paragraph >

Why are you writing an expository essay? Recall that the purpose of your expository essay is to explain your topic to an audience. Always remember your audience whenever you write. Write an introductory paragraph that gets your readers interested in your essay. 

Activity 2: Body Paragraphs >

How can you explain your topic thoroughly? You can use your outline to write well-organized body paragraphs that include all the important information about your topic. Write body paragraphs that present your main points in a smooth and logical order. 

Activity 3: Concluding Paragraph >

How can you make your readers remember what they learned from your essay? An effective concluding paragraph reminds your readers what they learned, offers them a new viewpoint or insight, and makes a lasting impression. Write a concluding paragraph that your readers will remember. 

Activity 4: Peer Review >

Have you informed your readers with an interesting explanation of your topic? The best expository writers ask others to read their essays and use feedback to revise their first drafts. Use a peer review to make your expository essay more interesting and informative. 

Activity 5: Writing Mechanics >

You have written an interesting and informative essay, but poor writing mechanics can still make your exposition hard to read. Good writing mechanics help your readers stay interested in your essay. Edit your essay to find and correct problems with writing mechanics. 

Look Back >

Reflect on what you learned in this module. Are you ready to create a multimedia presentation based on your expository essay? Use the checklist to make sure your tasks are complete. Use the rubric to assess your essay. Talk about what you learned and how you did your work.

Look Ahead

Checklist: Before you begin, review the checklist for this module. Use the checklist to make sure that you complete all the tasks for each activity. 

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Rubric: Before you begin, review the rubric for this module. Use the rubric to help you understand what is important to know and do. 

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