This resource explores instructional practices for incorporating expository essay writing into English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies instruction.
This resource uses original content from the Texas Adolescent Literacy Academies: Focus on Writing (TALA Writing) professional development. Any handout numbers in this resource refer to the original TALA Writing handouts.
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In an expository essay, a type of informational text, the writer clarifies or explains something by using facts, details, and examples in a clear and concise way.
To write an effective expository essay, students need a basic understanding of the general structure of essays. By studying a variety of essays (mentor texts), students can learn various characteristics of essays, including the following:
- Every type of essay has a beginning, a middle, and an end.
- The focus should always be on the development of ideas related to the topic, rather than a predetermined number of paragraphs (e.g., the five-paragraph essay).
- The topic, purpose for writing, and audience drive an essay's structure.
Locate Handout 19: General Guidelines for Drafting Essays from the handout packet.
Read the handout.
One of the nonnegotiable elements of any essay is that it must progress logically and smoothly from sentence to sentence. Each part must "build" on what comes before it. For this to happen, meaningful transitions are essential. Take a moment to reread the information about meaningful transitions on page 3 of the handout.
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