How to Write an Explanatory Essay

The purpose of expository writing is to inform, explain, describe, or define the author’s point. It may be in the form of an informational type of description. An expository essay should follow a logical sequence. It most commonly has 3 different main points.

The explanatory essay consists of the introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. A thesis statement is a single declarative sentence that expresses what the audience needs to understand. It represents the controlling idea of the essay and the road map for the paper.

The body paragraph has the basic construction such as topic sentence, concrete detail, commentary and the concluding or transition sentence. The topic sentence presents the main claim of the paragraph. A concrete detail is in the form of facts, data, quotes, and/or examples. The commentary represents the analysis, an explanation or the data interpretation. The concluding sentence sums up the main idea of the paragraph or introduces the next paragraph.

A good paragraph will use strong transition words that help in understanding the presented ideas. Transition words may be as the following: for example, thus, in summary, for instance, because of this, as a result, hence, consequently, therefore, etc.

How to start an essay?

An introduction of an expository essay includes the central idea. The three main reasons that support this main idea should also be included in the introduction.

In the second paragraph, the first idea is presented and should give details to support the second reason. Paragraph 3 introduces the second reason and provides the second reason in detail. The conclusion should reevaluate the complete essay thesis.

The writing of an explanatory thesis

The main idea of the thesis statement is the main plot of the essay. Transition words such as first, second, due to, as a result, should be implemented in the text. The introduction should be written as a hook – to connect the reader with a starting question, anecdote, or personal experience statement. The thesis statement can be first in the paragraph, last in the paragraph, or explained through the paragraph. 

In each paragraph, the main ideas are promoted with the corresponding details.

In expository writing, there is one topic with the corresponding reasons.

First, brainstorm upon the given thesis.  Insert the details such as anecdotes, descriptions, facts or personal opinions. In paragraph one a thesis statement is presented with the background information on the three topics. In paragraph 2, jot down the main idea and outline further details.

In paragraph 3, add more details, personal experience and describe how the topic impacts on your life.  In paragraph 4, add the main idea, details, and personal examples and facts to describe a further thesis.

In the conclusion, summarize all the necessary ideas as the conclusion.

The editing of an essay means to correct the language, grammar mistakes, and proofread the paper completely.

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