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Expository Essay

  • An expository essay is any essay that explains and gives information in detail.
  • Examples of expository essays occur in textbooks, encyclopedias, autobiographies, and biographies.
  • An expository writing is meant to give detailed explanation of the subject.
  • The paragraphs should be clearly focused to present the needed information, so that, the reader will be able to understand it.
  • Sample topics of expository essays include:
    • My Favorite Pet
    • How to Prepare my Favorite Dish
    • A Busy Market
    • Our Traditional Marriage Ceremony
    • The Tradition of My People
Features of Expository Essays
  1. Use topic sentences to start your paragraphs. This helps you to decide what details, examples, facts to use to support the topic sentence. It also makes it easy fro the reader to understand your explanations very well and identify the main ideas.
  2. Use adequate details – Examples of facts to support your topic sentences.
  3. The present tense is most often used to write expository essays. Write simple clear sentences in the present tense.
  4. Expository essays call for a detailed explanation of the subject matter; hence, there is need for thorough planning before writing. It requires an adequate knowledge of the subject matter.
  5. Descriptive words and phrases should be used to make your explanation clear enough.
  6. Add your transition words. E.g. first, second, meanwhile, after, awhile.
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