Expository Composition

Expository Composition

When writing an expository essay, our students follow these basic steps:

  • Select a topic 
    The topic is narrow enough to make it manageable within the space of an essay. Students write a full page of 26 lines. 

  • Write a central idea sentence 
    Be sure the central idea statement or sentence expresses a controlling idea that is neither too broad nor too specific to be developed effectively. 

  • Organize the essay 
    Begin by listing the major divisions which the body paragraphs in the essay will have, then fill in the supporting details that each body paragraph of the essay will contain. 

  • Write topic sentences for the body paragraphs of the essay 
    For each body paragraph, furnish a topic sentence that directly relates to the central idea. 

  • Write the details in the body of the essay 
    Each paragraph should develop with the details of the paragraph's topic sentence. 

  • The essay should have a paragraph of introduction 
    An introductory paragraph should state the central idea of the essay, introduce the divisions in the body paragraphs of the essay and gain the interest of the reader. 

  • Write a paragraph of conclusion 

          Restate the thesis and divisions of the essay.  Bring the essay to an appropriate and effective close. 

  • Check the essay for mistakes by revising and editing it 

  • Publish the final draft 

     Ms. Pasrija, 4th Grade