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The Expository Essay

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The Expository Essay

  1. 1. The Expository Essay
  2. 2. The Expository Essay The purpose of an expository essay is to present, completely and fairly, other people’s views or to report about an event or situation. Expository writing, or exposition, presents a subject in detail, apart from criticism, argument, or development; the writer elucidates a subject by analyzing it. Such writing is discourse designed to convey information or explain what is difficult to understand.
  3. 3. Structuring the Expository Essay
  4. 4. Structuring the Expository Essay Introductory Paragraph
  5. 5. Structuring the Expository Essay Introductory Paragraph Begin with a “grabber” -- a technique used to grab the reader’s attention. Effective grabber techniques include:
  6. 6. Structuring the Expository Essay Introductory Paragraph Begin with a “grabber” -- a technique used to grab the reader’s attention. Effective grabber techniques include: 1. Quotations
  7. 7. Structuring the Expository Essay Introductory Paragraph Begin with a “grabber” -- a technique used to grab the reader’s attention. Effective grabber techniques include: 1. Quotations Rebecca Eckler told a Canadian journalist that “the pain and unpredictability of giving birth terrified her and so she decided she would go to extreme lengths if need be to have a planned C-section.”
  8. 8. Structuring the Expository Essay Introductory Paragraph Begin with a “grabber” -- a technique used to grab the reader’s attention. Effective grabber techniques include: 1. Quotations Rebecca Eckler told a Canadian journalist that “the pain and unpredictability of giving birth terrified her and so she decided she would go to extreme lengths if need be to have a planned C-section.” 2. Definitions
  9. 9. Structuring the Expository Essay Introductory Paragraph Begin with a “grabber” -- a technique used to grab the reader’s attention. Effective grabber techniques include: 1. Quotations Rebecca Eckler told a Canadian journalist that “the pain and unpredictability of giving birth terrified her and so she decided she would go to extreme lengths if need be to have a planned C-section.” 2. Definitions A “Cesarean section” is the surgical incision of the walls of the abdomen and uterus for delivery of offspring.
  10. 10. Structuring the Expository Essay Introductory Paragraph Begin with a “grabber” -- a technique used to grab the reader’s attention. Effective grabber techniques include: 1. Quotations Rebecca Eckler told a Canadian journalist that “the pain and unpredictability of giving birth terrified her and so she decided she would go to extreme lengths if need be to have a planned C-section.” 2. Definitions A “Cesarean section” is the surgical incision of the walls of the abdomen and uterus for delivery of offspring. 3. Facts
  11. 11. Structuring the Expository Essay Introductory Paragraph Begin with a “grabber” -- a technique used to grab the reader’s attention. Effective grabber techniques include: 1. Quotations Rebecca Eckler told a Canadian journalist that “the pain and unpredictability of giving birth terrified her and so she decided she would go to extreme lengths if need be to have a planned C-section.” 2. Definitions A “Cesarean section” is the surgical incision of the walls of the abdomen and uterus for delivery of offspring. 3. Facts Dr Jan Cristilaw reports that there has been “a jump of almost three per cent” in the rate of cesarean births in industrialized societies.
  12. 12. Structuring the Expository Essay Introductory Paragraph:
  13. 13. Structuring the Expository Essay Introductory Paragraph: The introduction ends with a thesis statement, an affirmative sentence that expresses the main idea of the essay.
  14. 14. Structuring the Expository Essay Introductory Paragraph: The introduction ends with a thesis statement, an affirmative sentence that expresses the main idea of the essay. There are three main reasons why more and more women are choosing the caesarean operation for delivering babies: fear of pain, predictability and misinformation on the risks related to the procedure.
  15. 15. Structuring the Expository Essay
  16. 16. Structuring the Expository Essay Body Paragraphs
  17. 17. Structuring the Expository Essay Body Paragraphs The second, third and fourth paragraphs make up the body of the essay.
  18. 18. Structuring the Expository Essay Body Paragraphs The second, third and fourth paragraphs make up the body of the essay. The first sentence of each of the three body paragraphs,also called the topic sentence, must be backed up with some form of evidence.
  19. 19. Structuring the Expository Essay Body Paragraphs The second, third and fourth paragraphs make up the body of the essay. The first sentence of each of the three body paragraphs,also called the topic sentence, must be backed up with some form of evidence. Topic sentence: One of the main reasons why women are drawn to delivering babies through a C-section procedure is due to their deep fear of labour pain.
  20. 20. Body Paragraphs: Three types of evidence
  21. 21. Body Paragraphs: Three types of evidence 1. Statistics
  22. 22. Body Paragraphs: Three types of evidence 1. Statistics Figures: Studies show that around 35% percent of women choose to have a caeserean operation to avoid any type of pain associated with labour.
  23. 23. Body Paragraphs: Three types of evidence 2. Expert Opinion
  24. 24. Body Paragraphs: Three types of evidence 2. Expert Opinion Quote: Dr Walker says that “a great number of my patients are extremely afraid of not being able to cope with the pain experienced when giving birth naturally. ”
  25. 25. Body Paragraphs: Three types of evidence 3. Example
  26. 26. Body Paragraphs: Three types of evidence 3. Example Dr Christillaw reports that one of her patients delivered all of her four children by C-section even though she was repeatedly informed of the risks of the operation, and that she was perfectly able to deliver her baby naturally .”
  27. 27. Body Paragraphs: Three types of evidence 3. Example Dr Christillaw reports that one of her patients delivered all of her four children by C-section even though she was repeatedly informed of the risks of the operation, and that she was perfectly able to deliver her baby naturally .” Ideally, at least two types of evidence are used in the body essay.
  28. 28. Structuring the Expository Essay
  29. 29. Structuring the Expository Essay Conclusion
  30. 30. Structuring the Expository Essay Conclusion The fifth paragraph is called the conclusion. The conclusion begins with a transition term (In summary, To conclude) and a summary in which the thesis and the three arguments are restated.
  31. 31. Don’t use any first- or second-person pronouns(I, you, we, my, your, our, etc.)
  32. 32. Don’t use any first- or second-person pronouns(I, you, we, my, your, our, etc.) By only using the third-person singular or plural (he, she, it, they, etc.), the essay appears impersonal and therefore rational.

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