Expository Paragraph


The Expository Paragraph and Assignment


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In an expository paragraph, you give information. You explain a subject, give directions, or show how something happens. In expository writing, linking words like first, second, then, and finally are usually used to help readers follow the ideas. This paragraph, like any other, organizes itself around three parts.


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Things to use when writing an expository paragraph:




Time Order


Expository paragraph is a mode of writing in which the purpose of the author is to inform, explain, describe, or define his or her subject to the reader. 



Things that a writer should consider when writing an expository paragraph:

Follow order

Be logical

Endeavor to explain


Compare and Contrast.




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Example One


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Going to college can be expensive. First, college tuition and room and board can cost anywhere from $2,000 to more than $10,000 per semester. Other expenses make going to college even more expensive. For example, books typically cost between $100 and $500 each term. Second, materials are also very expensive. Paper, notebooks, writing utensils, and other supplies required often cost more at the college bookstore than at any local discount department store. For instance, a package of notepaper costing $2 at a discount store might cost $5 at a college bookstore. 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 $500 to $100 for parking. There is another fee if a student decides to add or drop classes after registration. The fees required to attend college never seem to end.



Example Two


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     Three Types of Planets People often think all planets are alike, but there are actually three types of planets in the solar system. The terrestrial planets are made of rock and metal and are closest to the sun. These include the midsize planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. They rotate slowly and don’t have many moons. Farther from the sun are the planets called gas giants, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. They are called gas giants because they are formed from gases such as hydrogen and helium. Gas giants rotate fast and have many moons. Finally, planetoids are objects made up of rock and ice and are too small to be true “planets.” Planetoids sometimes even get pulled into a planet’s gravitational field and become moons themselves. Whether they are terrestrials, gas giants, or planetoids, the planets in the solar system are fascinating.



Example Three


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    There are many ways to make a sandwich.  My personal favorite way to assembly a sandwich follows below.  Follow my steps and you will be soon eating a wonderful thing.  First, you must assemble your favorite bread, lunch meat, mayo, mustard, pickles, cheese, and onions.  Second, you take two pieces of bread and and put mayo on both pieces.  Third, you put a couple of layers of your favorite lunch meat on one slice of bread.  Fourth, add a piece of cheese, some pickels, and the onion.  Fifth, put the sandwich together.  Sixth, pick it up and eat it.  This is how I make a great sandwich.

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The Assignment



Expository Paragraph Assignment


INSTRUCTIONS:  You are to write TWO expository paragraphs (paragraphs that explain, give directions, etc.).  Be sure to use logical order.  Your goal is to get the reader to get from point A to point B without getting lost.  Follow the paragraph recipe.


Paragraph One:  Give directions from your house to the school.



Paragraph Two.  Show the reader how to make your favorite sandwich.


Work is due on Thursday of this week.



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