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  • The Expository Essay

  • What is an expository essay?An expository essay explains, about the topic. Expository essays use facts and statistical information, cause and effect relationships, or examples.

  • What s 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.

  • Patterns of OrganizationChronologicalCause/effectCompare/ContrastProblem/SolutionDescriptionProcess Order

  • Elements of and Effective Expository EssayThe essay has a controlling idea- thesis statementThis is a statement that controls what to include in the essay.This is usually found in the introductionThere are no set number for paragraphsCaptures the reader with a STRONG leadRemains objective can not be biasedA definite pattern for organizationTransition words are used to move ideas from one to another

  • Elements cont.Uses vivid words and interesting vocabulary to engage the readerUses Rhetorical Schemes .(See Slide 9)Uses a variety of sentence formsUses comparisons to build images for the readerAll paragraphs support the controlling idea/thesisIndividual Paragraphs are supported with factual informationParaphrasesText evidence in the form of TLQ (transition, lead-in, quote)Narrative anecdotes that help explain the idea

  • Expository essays also have a distinct format.The main idea (thesis statement) must be narrow enough to be supported by everything in the essay.Each paragraph must have a topic sentence and all other sentences must relate directly to it. Transition words or phrases are important as they help the flow and reinforce the logic.

  • Format (contd)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. This should highlight the most important pieces of the essayLeaves the reader with a final though (Rhetorical Question)

  • Schemes of RhetoricAnaphora.Definition: The repetition of a sequence of words in neighboring clauses.Example- Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp.Never Shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children. (Elie Weisel, Night)Parallel Structure: the repetition of a chosen grammatical form.Example- John Taylor Gatto criticizes public schools because they require students to attend, receive money from the government, and destroy students humanity. (Evergreen Writing Center)

  • Paraphrase verses PlagiarismParaphraseA rewording of a text or passage.A restatement of text or passage in a new form.PlagiarismThe act of using someone elses words without giving credit to the authorLargely keeping the authors words and sentence structure, and only changing a few words.

  • Expository PromptWriting Situation: Tragedy affects many people.What is a tragedy you recall? How did it affect the people involved?Directions for Writing: Now explain in an essay a tragedy you recall (personal experience, or you heard about it, read about it, or saw something about it). Discuss the affects of this tragedy with examples and details.

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    __________________________ ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ __________________________Topic sentence or thesis statement (will become basis for introductory paragraph)

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    __________________________ ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ __________________________THESIS STATEMENT:The tragedy that affected many people was Hurricane Katrina.

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    __________________________ ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ __________________________THESIS STATEMENT: :The tragedy that affected many people was Hurricane Katrina.

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  • Storm winds destroyed buildings and uprooted trees.The storm surge flooded the coast for several miles inland.Some people died, and many others were injured.

    __________________________ ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ __________________________THESIS STATEMENT:The tragedy that affected many people was Hurricane Katrina.

    __________________________ ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ __________________________

    __________________________ ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ __________________________

  • Storm winds destroyed buildings and uprooted trees.The storm surge flooded the coast for several miles inland.Some people died, and many others were injured.

    __________________________ ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ __________________________THESIS STATEMENT:The tragedy that affected many people was Hurricane Katrina.

    __________________________ ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ __________________________

    __________________________ ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ __________________________

  • Storm winds destroyed buildings and uprooted trees.The storm surge flooded the coast for several miles inland.Some people died, and many others were injured.THESIS STATEMENT:The tragedy that affected many people was Hurricane Katrina.

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    The city was flooded with several feet of water from the storm surge.Since the city rests below sea level, that lead to more flooding.The worst happened when the levies broke, leading to tremendous flooding from Lake Ponchartrain and the Mississippi River.

  • Storm winds destroyed buildings and uprooted trees.The storm surge flooded the coast for several miles inland.Some people died, and many others were injured.THESIS STATEMENT: The tragedy that affected many people was Hurricane Katrina.

    __________________________ ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ __________________________

    The city was flooded with several feet of water from the storm surge.Since the city rests below sea level, that lead to more flooding.The worst happened when the levies broke, leading to tremendous flooding from Lake Ponchartrain and the Mississippi River._____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  • Storm winds destroyed buildings and uprooted trees.The storm surge flooded the coast for several miles inland.Some people died, and many others were injured.THESIS STATEMENT: :The tragedy that affected many people was Hurricane Katrina.

    Many of them were left homeless.Many of them lost family members.Some people had to make new lives in different cities.

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    The city was flooded with several feet of water from the storm surge.Since the city rests below sea level, that lead to more flooding.The worst happened when the levies broke, leading to tremendous flooding from Lake Ponchartrain and the Mississippi River.

  • Storm winds destroyed buildings and uprooted trees.The storm surge flooded the coast

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