How to write an expository essay?

An expository essay helps explain something without all the technical jargon. Basically, you are working to explain the topic or main idea to the best of your ability based on personal understanding and what you have collected during research. The data you present should be fair and balanced in helping the reader learn and understand the subject without a biased opinion of the writer. In other words, you are explaining or defining the general idea of the essay. The following tips may give a better idea on how to get started writing your essay.

  • Keep in mind you are working to explain or define something by providing proven steps to complete it, but in written form that is easy to understand and follow through.
  • Know the structure of a typical expository essay. In many cases, this includes 5 paragraphs with an introduction, body, and conclusion. Your thesis statement or main idea is likely introduced in the introduction. This is what you will work to explain in the following body paragraphs.
  • Brainstorm to pick a topic if you haven’t already chosen one. Take notes and conduct your research for data you will include in your essay. An outline may be helpful in getting your notes and ideas sorted and organized in logical order.
  • Write a rough draft that includes information collected from your research. This may also be a good time to make sure your thesis has a good structure so your supporting evidence helps explain it. Your paragraph structure may include having an introduction paragraph, three body paragraphs, and the last paragraph being the conclusion, which works to reinforce the main idea and summarize important information. The body paragraphs should include supporting evidence to back up your thesis but in logic order.
  • Revise and review what you have written. Make sure details explained come in order and make sense to information that proceeds and follows it. Each paragraph should transition to the next smoothly.
  • Proofread and edit your content. This is likely the last step you will complete on your final draft. It may help to have someone else read over your written content and point out any changes you may want to make.
  • Make sure you have meet guidelines and/or instructions for the essay as given. This should help you double check information you have included to ensure it meets academic standards or whatever purpose the essay is being written.