What Are The 6 Major Steps In Planning An Expository Essay?


Once you learn the major steps to writing one kind of essay, you’ve pretty much learned how to write any kind of paper with just a few variations. An expository paper is one that is written from your own point of view. Often times the recall an event that happened in the past or tell about a person or place from your point of view.

Follow these 6 easy steps to plan how to write a great expository paper:

  1. Choose a topic
  2. Like with many kinds of papers, this can be the hardest part of the writing process. Be sure to pick a topic that means something to you and that you think will be interesting to the reader. Stories that have an unexpected twist are usually best.

  3. Choose the point of view
  4. If you are writing about something that happened to you in the past you can either choose to tell about it from the point of view of you in the present, or you can tell about it from the point of view of you in the past. This can be especially interesting if you are telling about something that happened to you when you were a little kid.

  5. Give your reader background information
  6. You can’t assume that your reader will know all the necessary background information of the story—who the people are, where it is taking place, why the people do the things they do. So you will definitely need to give them some background so they can understand what is going on.

  7. Gain your reader’s trust
  8. This means that if you don’t explain things well enough, your reader will consider you a faulty narrator and not trust you. If this is the case they’ll be more skeptical of the story and be less interested.

  9. Work methodically through the story or explanation
  10. This can either be chronologically or organized around a different principle.

  11. Leave them with an important message or take away
  12. Part of the tradition of expository writing is that you are telling your reader about something that has a point. This can be a lesson you learned or a lesson that they could learn. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a ‘moral of the story’ kind of thing, but you should leave your reader feeling like they learned something after reading your paper.

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