All you need to know about an Expository Essay



There are four types of essay that students are required to write in several stages of their life. This article explains what an expository essay is and the structure that must be followed.

All four types of essays have certain rules and regulations and follow a different structure. If you confuse two types of essays then it will get rejected at higher levels. When you reach college or are about to pass high school, confusing one type with another is not acceptable at all. Before you start reading the structure of an expository essay, let me tell you how important this is for students of high school. Saturday is a common day for the admission test and it requires an expository essay right in the section one. There is complication in expository essays writing. In fact, it is considered as the easiest one of the four.

Expository essay involves the investigation of an idea, stating your stance and supporting it with logical arguments. It is all about proving your point using relevant examples of real life. Following are the features of an expository essay:

  • Thesis Statement: The most important part of the expository essay, a thesis statement is the base of the whole essay. It sums up all the things like what is your sentence and why in one sentence. Usually, readers and professors claim that if they think the thesis statement is not according to the question or topic, they do not bother reading further. Therefore, it is very necessary to create a very strong and attractive thesis statement. Also, make sure you cover up everything in ONE sentence because if you try to extend it to two or more sentences, it immediately gets rejected.
  • Proper paragraphs: A general expository essay will usually have five proper paragraphs including one for introduction and one for conclusion. Note how I used ‘proper’ twice because very often students fail to make clear paragraphs due to which two paragraphs seem like one. Without proper paragraphs, expository essay becomes very confusing and sounds highly unprofessional.
  • How to decide the number of paragraphs? Although five paragraphs are generally recommended in an expository sort of essay, usually writers can make it four or six. Anything written on above or below this should be avoided at all costs because too much or too less paragraphs do not give it an expository look.
  • Evidences: The major feature of an expository essay is that everything you mention is supported by the strong evidence. Without any evidence, the essay will not get an expository look and will get rejected.
  • Conclusion: Very often, students fail to come up with an appropriate conclusion and end up writing the same thing as they wrote in the thesis statement. Remember, conclusion means that you close the topic with a strong point linking it to the reasons and evidences you mentioned to support your stance.

These are the key features of an expository essay and if you take care of these features when writing it, you will ace the essay. While the structure of every type of essay is different, it is necessary to follow the instructions, write relevant content and use good vocabulary.

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