Sections versus Paragraphs Before looking at the general structure of an expository essay, you first need to know that in your post-secondary education, you should not consider your essay as writing being constructed with five paragraphs as you might have been used to in high school.You should instead think of your essay in terms of sections (there may be five), and each section may have multiple paragraphs.Many of your future academic workplace writing assignments will be expository–explaining your ideas or the significance of a concept or action.
refers simply to the ways to communicate effectively through language.
As you read about these modes, keep in mind that the rhetorical mode a writer chooses depends on his or her purpose for writing.
The concluding paragraph, or conclusion, can be a little tricky to compose because you need to make sure you give a concise summary of the body paragraphs, but you must be careful not to simply repeat what you have already written.
Look back at the main idea of each section/paragraph, and try to summarize the point using words different from those you have already used.
What are the key elements on which you would focus? You could explain who came up with the theory, the specific area of study to which it is related, its purpose, and the significant details to explain the theory.
Telling these four elements to your classmates would give them a complete, yet summarized, picture of the theory, so they could apply the theory in future discussions.
Although you did this verbally, you were still fulfilling the elements of an expository essay by providing definition, details, explanations, and maybe even facts if you have a really good memory.
This is the same process that you would use when you write an expository essay.
As you will see in Section 4.5: Classification, some essay forms may require even more than five paragraphs or sections because of how many points are necessary to address. For the rest of this chapter, the term paragraph will also imply section.
Sections of an Expository Essay An expository essay, regardless of its purpose, should have at least five sections, which are: Introduction First body section/paragraph Second body section/paragraph Third body section/paragraph Conclusion.