Expository essay

How to write an expository essay.

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         In order to write an expository essay, one should know how to start and to begin with, let us give a definition of what an expository essay is. Therefore, an expository essay is an analysis made on factual knowledge with no thoughts and emotions of the person writing this essay. There is neither criticism nor argument. There cannot be any maybe, if or whether but how, in what ways, when. It is about explanation, which lies at the heart of the essay`s prompt. It has to be clear and simple which does not mean that it is easy though.

 How it`s made

         Every piece of work in general and an essay in particular contains a thesis statement or, if you please, its main idea within its content and an expository essay is not an exception. When it comes to its structure, five paragraphs are essential to mention. Three paragraphs are the main body of an essay while the rest is to support its thesis. To end an expository essay, one restates the thesis statement and combines items of interest brought up in the essay. Feature articles and times news are brilliant models for structuring one`s expository essay. Speaking of which, look through the guide to forms. It will help to proceed.

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  • Make sure you picked the topic for your essay.
  • Conduct research on the chosen theme and make notes, which will serve in place of a draft.
  • For easier work and reading in further, one can make an outline, which is a plan of what your essay will look like.
  • The topic sentence is the one, which is surely the most important in the introductory section of an essay. It represents the main idea. As has already been told, it should be plain. No point of view may be given.
  • The content of each paragraph should explain separate item expounds the main idea of an essay.
  • Provide with examples to support the thesis of an essay.
  • The conclusion should make the thesis of an expository essay sound stronger.
  • Any new information in the conclusion section is unadvisable.
  • As long as the item discussed in an essay is based on others but not on the first-hand experience, writing in the third person is required.


  • Make sure the analysis made through essay is neutral and clean, that there are samples and that the facts are relevant.
  • The information is given in plain language for easier perception.
  • Do not lose the focus. Avoid details, which are unnecessary.
  • Use varied sentence structure. Keep it precise as for the word choice you use.
  • Use transition words, phrases and sentences so it was easier to read and looked more smoothly – for instance, however, such as, in addition will do.
  • Conclusion has to speak out the thesis and its key points.

expositoryessayEditing process

                   It is highly important to proofread an essay, check it on grammar and punctuation errors. It would be good to have a friend to look it through with a fresh eye for you.


         Before publishing, one might feel a mix of feelings. Those are excitement along with fear. It is equally important to be able to learn from experience of writing, appreciating all the feedbacks and moving forward trying to make every new essay better.

 Types of expository essays

         Writing an essay is an integral part of education today. Kids and students get it as an assignment in the middle-, high schools, colleges. Even adults going to school to get a degree in some area write essays as a homework attending classes. There are different types of an expository essay:

  • Definition essays;
  • They give a definition of the discussed items, its denotative, which means literal meaning or the one given in a dictionary along with connotative meaning, which one gets an idea of by means of context.
  • Descriptive (illustrative) essays;
  • They show the items analyzed systematically, either in chronological order, through the hierarchy or in series.
  • Cause and effect (explanatory) essays;
  • They show explanation of the item when the number of causes or reasons are needed towards effects or results.
  • How to do/process essays;
  • They show how to achieve something, an instruction of its kind to help a reader.
  • Classification essays;
  • They show the items, which are classified into groups and categories.
  • Compare and contrast essays;
  • They show the differences along with similarities between the two items. This is where the name of this kind of expository essays come from because by comparing, one may see the similarities and contrast shows the differences.
  • Reflective essays;
  • They show an analysis of someone`s written work and this analysis is written by the author himself (herself).
  • Credo essays;
  • They show a writer`s personal opinion or belief on sociological or political topics.
  • Autobiographical essays;
  • They show what happened in the author`s life.

expositoryessayIn conclusion

         You know as they say, repeat actions make perfection. Repeat how important the chosen topic is, review the discussed items, and resume conclusions. Beginners and experienced writers should keep in mind trust resources such as New York Times Magazine, for example for better writing of their expository essays. “The sky is the limit”!