Expository Essay

The purpose of an expository essay is to present, completely, fairly and objectively, other people's views or to report about an event, situation or process. It prefers facts over opinions. Expository writing, or exposition, presents a subject in detail, and explains rather than evaluates. Such writing is designed to convey information or explain what is difficult to understand, rather than prove one point over another. It describes with factual observations rather than personal feelings (like descriptive essays). Exposition normally proceeds by the orderly analysis of parts and the use of familiar illustrations or analogies, and then explains how those specific parts work together or what they lead to. Exposition is usually is written in third person, but it can be written in first person if the writer intends to simply explain something about his or her life.

Such an analysis requires

  1. reading with understanding the ideas developed in an article by clearly stating another's thesis, outlining the facts used by the author to support that thesis, and the "values" underlying the ideas
  2. putting what is read into a larger context by relating another's article or book to other work in the field
  3. clearly and effectively communicating this information to a defined audience. In other words, you must write clearly and fully enough for your readers to know how you have arrived at your analyses and conclusions. They should never have to guess what you mean; give your readers everything they need to know to follow your reasoning

This practice is not "just for students." Accurate analysis is a fundamental professional activity in almost all careers. People in business and scientific occupations use expository writing all the time. Like any other fundamental skill, it must be constantly practiced in order to maintain and improve it. Other goals, such as learning "time management" and note-taking, are also developed by this activity.

Do not be afraid to revise your essay! In fact, you will probably want to change it at least once; this is called "thinking through a 'problem'" or "learning."

The revisions will consist of the following:

  1. finding the precise words to express your thoughts
  2. correcting typographical, spelling, and grammatical errors
  3. making sure that your paragraphs are "tight" and sequenced properly
  4. making sure that the transition ("segue") from one major topic to another makes sense

Expository essays also have a distinct format.

The thesis statement must be defined and narrow enough to be supported within the essay.


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