Have you been knocking your head against the proverbial wall trying to teach – or learn – expository writing skills? Take a ways to start an expository essay approach with these 10 tips!
Times news and feature articles are excellent models for structure, including transitions and organization. This can be a useful structure for, say, newspaper articles based on the events in a play or novel, or relatively short research reports. Feature stories pull the reader in with an engaging introduction and develop from there to explain a topic, issue or trend. The upshot: Simple is often best. One specific type of explanation essay is analysis – an examination of why and how an issue is significant. Read these, or other articles marked “news analysis,” and then try writing your own analysis of an event – perhaps something that happened at school, or perhaps something that happened in a piece of literature or in history.
I’ve said all I have to say. How can I possibly write three pages on this topic? What do you mean, develop my ideas? Times features are perfect examples of how to fully develop ideas. Add the requirement to follow MLA or APA style for citations, and for many students the challenge is insurmountable.
Part of the problem may be that most students see few articles or other texts with academic citations in their daily lives. Using The Times for models can help. Once you’ve reviewed agreement rules, test yourself by looking for errors in the daily paper. And given that Times style is to avoid using “he” as a universal pronoun, virtually any news article or feature provides examples of ways to write around the singular pronoun. Can’t use the first person in expository writing?
No one uses second person? Third person is required, and must remain entirely neutral and objective? Use these and other Times models to learn how to write an expository essay that is compelling, convincing and authoritative as well as engaging to read. Tfw you don’t have the energy to deal with Mr.