Obj: You will be able to use and identify exemplification!


Exemplification uses one or more particular cases, or examples, to illustrate or explain a general point or an abstract concept.

When using exemplification it is better to support your points with specific details, instead of using generalizations, anecdotes, and vague statements.


Exemplification is ideally suited for letters or application. If you are unorganized then your details/examples will be jumbled and not go along with your writing. With organization each of the body paragraphs has a clear purpose and function that goes along with the thesis statement.

Thesis Statement

The thesis statement of an exemplification essay makes a point that the rest of the essay will support with examples. This statement usually identifies your topic as well as the main point you want to make it about.

Exemplification essay:

Exemplification essay: To be able to identify this type of essay you need to look point out that the piece is factual and objective.

In most respects, after all, Woodstock was a disaster. To begin with, it rained and rained for weeks before the festival, and then, of course, it rained during the festival. The promoters lost weeks of preparation time when the site had to be switched twice. They rented Yasgur’s field less than a month before the concert. The stage wasn’t finished, and the sound system was stitched together perilously close to the start of the show. As soon as the festival opened, the water- and food-delivery arrangements broke down, the gates and fences disintegrated, and tens of thousands of new bodies kept pouring in. (One powerful lure was the rumor that the revered Bob Dylan was going to perform; he wasn’t.) In response to an emergency appeal for volunteers, fifty doctors were flown in. The Air Force brought in food on Huey helicopters, and the Women’s Community Center in Monticello sent thirty thousand sandwiches. One kid was killed as he was run over by a tractor, one died of appendicitis, and another died of a drug overdose.

Hal Espen, “The Woodstock Wars”