How to Write an Expository Essay

for a five paragraph essay follow this formula:

 

Introductory Paragraph:

Make sure you indent your first sentence. You need to write five sentences.

  1. Write an overview sentence introducing the book and your chosen writing prompt. Include the title author’s last name. Make sure you put quotes around the title of the book.
  2. Write 1 sentence about your first talking point. Do not add any details. Save the good stuff for your body
  3. Write 1 sentence about your second talking point. Same as above, keep it simple and add the detail later.
  4. Write 1 sentence about your third talking point. Same as above.
  5. Write your thesis statement at the end of your first paragraph.

 

Body Paragraph 1

  1. Write a topic sentence about your first talking point and introduce a few details.
  2. Write four more sentences adding details that support your talking point.
  3. Using a quote in one body paragraph is required for everyone. You choose which body paragraph. You need to explain how the quote supports your talking point.

Honors: If you’re an honors student, you need to provide a quote in every body paragraph and explain how the quote is significant. Honors students are required to have a minimum of six sentences per paragraph.

 

Body Paragraph 2

  1. Write a topic sentence about your second talking point and introduce a few details.
  2. Write four more sentences adding details that support your talking point.
  3. Using a quote in one body paragraph is required for everyone. You choose which body paragraph. You need to explain how the quote supports your talking point.

Honors: If you’re an honors student, you need to provide a quote in every body paragraph and explain how the quote is significant. Honors students are required to have a minimum of six sentences per paragraph.

 

 

Body Paragraph 3

  1. Write a topic sentence about your third talking point and introduce a few details.
  2. Write four more sentences adding details that support your talking point.
  3. Using a quote in one body paragraph is required for everyone. You choose which body paragraph. You need to explain how the quote supports your talking point.

Honors: If you’re an honors student, you need to provide a quote in every body paragraph and explain how the quote is significant. Honors students are required to have a minimum of six sentences per paragraph.

 

Conclusion Paragraph

  1. Write an overview statement about your theme/main idea
  2. Write one sentence about each of your talking points, wrapping up your thoughts.
  3. Write a conclusion statement. A conclusion statement should re-write your thesis using different words.writing coffee
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