An In-Depth Tutorial on How to Write an Expository Essay

An expository essay will explore and then explain a word, idea, process, or concept. You want to take information on your subject and give it to your audience in such a way that he or she understands it.

You can classify, compare and contrast, define, give a cause and effect, or give a how to piece on your subject. Use our in-depth guide as you research and then compose this piece.

In-Depth Guide Steps

  1. Topic selection-your teacher will pick your topic or you will. Then decide if you will classify, compare and contrast, define, give a cause and effect, or give a how to piece on your subject. Make sure you are interested in your topic; you will do a better job if you actually like your topic. Also make sure it suits the style of the paper. It is not argumentative, but more of an explanation.
  2. Write the thesis statement- the thesis statement will dictate the direction of your paper, as well as give you the main points for the body paragraph. Create a strong and valid thesis statement.
  3. Prewrite, research, and brainstorm-now that you have a topic, you need to do the background work. What is the object, what does it mean, and how do these things apply to the direction of your paper? Do you need quotes, data, case studies, or surveys in the piece? If you need it, where will you get it? Do all the background and preliminary work before you begin the outline.
  4. Outline-if you will have to submit your outline, ask the teacher if it should be a topic or a sentence outline? Also find out if there are any more requirements. Then make your outline, make it again, and then make as many more times as necessary to get it just right. The re-making process is not bad; it is a part of the proper process.
  5. Rough Draft-now you are ready to write the rough draft. Write it as if it is the final draft, and do not be surprised if you have to write several rough outlines.
  6. Proof and Edit-once you have the best rough draft that you can write, then you need to rest your eyes. After you rest your eyes, then you need to proof and to edit the piece. You may have to do this several times.
  7. Final Draft-It is now time to write the final draft. Make sure that you do not make any new mistakes as you finalize the final draft.