Expository Paragraph

Expository Paragraph

Tips for writing a expository paragraph:

Three parts of an expository paragraph:

  1. topic sentence
  2. supporting sentences in a logical sequence
  3. concluding sentence

The topic sentence in an expository paragraph states the main idea, or what you’ll write about

Example: “Going to college can be expensive.”

When your reader reads this sentence, he or she will know your paragraph is going to cover the costs of attending college.

Each supporting sentence may be followed by one or two sentences that add details or give more explanation

Example: “First, college tuition and room and board can cost anywhere from $2,000 to more than $10,000 per semester. Other expenses can add up, as well. For example, books typically cost between $300 and $500 each term.”

The next supporting sentence and detail sentences follow in a logical sequence

Example: “Second, materials are also very expensive. Paper, notebooks, writing utensils, and other required supplies often cost more at the college bookstore than at a discount store. For instance, a package of notepaper costing $2 at a discount store might cost $5 at the college bookstore.”

You may have other supporting sentences and detail sentences, still in logical sequence

Example: “Finally, there are all kinds of special fees added onto the bill at registration time. A college student might have to pay a $50 insurance fee, a $20 activity fee, a $15 fee to the student government association and anywhere from $100 to $1,000 for parking. There is another fee if a student decides to add or drop a course after registration ends.”

Your paragraph should end with an appropriate concluding sentence

Example: “The costs required to attend college never seem to end.”

This sentence ties back to the topic sentence, often by rephrasing it. It shows you where the sequence of information finally leads you.

Writing An Expository Essays

The expository paragraph is the presentation of information, opinions, or ideas. It exposes something about a topic. There are two types of expository paragraphs:

  • To explain facts or convey information
  • To persuade or argue an opinion

As body paragraphs in an essay, the task of every expository paragraph is to prove one aspect of the thesis or to provide background or explanatory information that makes it possible for another paragraph to prove one part of the thesis.

The topic sentence is to the expository paragraph what the thesis statement is to the paper. Most paragraphs offer a topic sentence; no paragraphs offer more than one topic sentence. That topic sentence must be clearly related to the thesis, and everything in the paragraph must support and/or explain that topic sentence. Most readers expect to find the topic sentence early in the paragraph, but there is no rule stating that the topic sentence must appear first in the paragraph.

Please be sure that your paragraphs reveal their relationships to the previous paragraphs.

How to Write the Expository Essays:

  • T: Topic Sentence (thesis) – Clearly state your point in the topic sentence.
  • E: Examples and Facts – Support your opinion with facts and examples (research).
  • E: Explain your fact or examples.
  • C: Concluding Sentence – Summarize in a memorable way.

Labelling Sentences Using TEEC

We can label the sentences in a paragraph using TEEC in the following way.

  • Label the topic sentence with “T”.
  • Label all example and explanation sentences with “E”.
  1. Label each sentence that has a new idea with an “E” and number. For example, E-1, E-2. These sentences would have two different ideas.
  2. For each sentence that is related to the previous idea, label with the corresponding number and a letter. For example, if the next sentence is related to E-1, which was the previous sentence, label it E-1a.
  3. If the sentence after E-1a is related to E-1, label it E-1b. If the next sentence is related to E-1, label it E-1c, and so on and so forth.
  • Label the conclusion with “C”.

Example of an Expository Paragraph:

Label the sentences in the following paragraph using TEEC. I hate mosquitoes because they annoy me while I am outside. For example, whenever we have cookouts, they want to swarm all around the food. Also, when I go fishing with my Dad, we always have to wear bug spray. The bug spray always stinks to high heaven! Then, if you do not want to use bug spray, the only other way to get them to leave you alone is to wear long sleeves. Yet, who wants to wear long sleeves when it is hot outside? Nothing ruins your day like bloodsucking mosquitoes.

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