What is expository writing?

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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Expository writing is informational writing. It follows the formal essay pattern. Descriptive writing is a type of expository writing. Cause and/ or effect is a type of expository writing. "How to" essays are forms of expository writing.

Tenth graders across the nation use expository writing for their tenth grade state mandated writing test. These students may write to inform by using descriptive writing, comparison writing, cause and effect writing, sequence writing, and problem and solution writing.

Expository writing is a type of explanation writing. It is used to explain a topic. It is used to describe a topic. It is used to compare a topic. It is used to explain how to perform a process. Expository writing does not assume that the reader has prior knowledge of the topic at hand. Details are used to explain the topic thoroughly.

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Exposition is a type of non-fiction writing that is used to explain, describe, or inform the reader. It differs from creative writing in that the use of excessive adjectives and adverbs are avoided, and it has a strong organizational format to it (ie: transition words like first, second, next are common). First person is usually not used, and the writer's opinion should be left out of an expository paper. Examples of expository writing include directions, instructions, lab reports, and book reports.

 

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k5ado0oy | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

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In the world of literature, there are several forms of writing that allow authors to make statements in an effective way. One form that is well known among many is expository writing. This particular type of writing allows authors and readers to understand information through direct and factual writing.

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Expository writing is a type of writing that is used to explain, describe, give information, or inform.  The text is organized around one topic and developed according to a pattern or combination of patterns.  The writer of an expository text cannot assume that the reader or listener has prior knowledge or prior understanding of the topic that is being discus. Generally custom essay writing provides some tools to expository writers.

 

Expository text is meant to deposit information and is the most frequently used type of writing by students in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities. Examples of expository writing include driving directions and instructions on performing a task. 


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