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Expository Writing

Research, Write, Present

Expository Writing

Big Idea

An expository essay, or exposition, is an interesting and informative explanation of a topic. A well-written exposition presents all relevant information without favoring any particular point of view. Different types of expository writing have different purposes. You can use expository types to learn about and explain almost any topic in any subject. What is the secret to writing a good exposition? Writing a good expository essay has no secrets! Anyone can write a good exposition.

In this module:

  • Learn how to write an interesting and informative expository essay
  • Learn how to keep yourself and others safe when you use the Internet
  • Learn to recognize different types of expository writing with different purposes
  • Choose a topic for an interesting and informative expository essay
  • Learn about your topic by writing effective research questions

Activity 1: Expository Style >

Have you ever explained something to someone? An expository essay, or exposition, is a short written work that explains a topic or informs an audience. A well-written exposition does not favor any particular point of view. Learn how to write an interesting and informative expository essay. 

Activity 2: Internet Safety >

Do you know how to keep yourself, your school, and your family safe when you use the Internet? Whatever part of the Internet you are using, use it safely. Learn how to keep yourself and others safe when you use the Internet.

Activity 3: Expository Types >

Different types of expository writing are useful for different purposes. Some expository types can be especially useful in certain subjects. Recognizing different expository types helps you become a better writer, reader, and learner. Learn to recognize different types of expository writing.

Activity 4: Topic Choice >

What would you like to learn about? Once you know what subject you want to learn about, you must narrow your focus to a specific topic. What type of expository writing is most appropriate for explaining your topic? Choose a topic for an interesting and informative expository essay.

Activity 5: Research Questions >

Did you know there are various types of questions? An interesting topic usually requires more than one type of information to understand. The types of questions you ask depends on the kinds of answers you need. Learn about your topic by writing effective research questions.

Look Back >

Reflect on what you learned in this module. Are you are ready to research the topic of your expository essay? Use the checklist to make sure your tasks are complete. Use the rubric to assess your expository topic and research questions. 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. 

See the checklist (doc) >

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

See the rubric (doc) >