Unpacking Expository Essays

Introducing Thesis Statements

What is Expository Writing?

Expository means, "to explain".


Expository comes from expose.


Who will define the word, "expose"?





To expose something means to show it.


Expository writing means to show your thinking.

Structure of an Expository Essay

Introduction

Hook- Broad general statement that will get the reader's attention


Bridge-Narrow down the topic and give background information


Thesis- Tell the reader what the essay is about, state an opinion and provide three reasons you can expand upon.


Two-Three Body Paragraphs


Conclusion

Writing an Effective Thesis Statement

The Thesis Statement is the controlling idea

THE THESIS STATEMENT TELLS THE READER WHAT THE ESSAY IS ABOUT.


It is a road map for your reader and it will help your organize your paper.


IT IS USUALLY THE LAST SENTENCE IN THE FIRST PARAGRAPH.

Mrs. Gale's Example Thesis Statement...

Claim + Evidence = Thesis


Thesis = An opinion and three reasons to defend the opinion.


Example-

Bananas are the most nutritious food available today; They are rich in potassium and vitamin B-6, they are composed of 75% water, and contain 3 grams of fiber in a 100 calorie serving.


Turn to a partner and...

1. Expand on my claim

2. Identify my three supporting details

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Now you try!

Here is your topic:


Should cheerleading be considered a sport?


Now, create a thesis statement stating your claim, and back up your claim with three reasons you can expand upon later.