What is expository writing?

1. relating to or containing exposition;

Exposition is writing that is intended to make clear, or explain, something that might be other wise difficult to understand.

2. setting forth the meaning or purpose;

3. writing that explains.


Types of Expository Writing

Personal Experience Essay

Media Awareness:

Read/View React Essay

School-To-Work Transition Assignment

College Admissions Essay

Five-Paragraph Research Paper

Columnist Commentary Essay

Job Shadow Paper

Paragraph of Satire

Multicultural Video Essay

Literary Criticism

Constructed Responses
(e.g., Impromptu Writing, Test Questions, Rhetorical Analysis, etc.)

Three-Paragraph Writing Evaluation Essay (Portfolio)


*Writers on Writing
Ernest Gaines

"The Six Golden Rules of Writing: Read, read, read, and write, write, write."

Doris Lessing

"The important part of writing is living. You have to live in such a way that your writing emerges from it."

Sylvia Plath

"I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be still."

Anne Lamott

"Write straight into the emotional center of things...Risk being unliked. Tell the truth as you understand it. If you are a writer, you have a moral obligation to do this. And it is a revolutionary act - truth is always subversive."

Christopher Morley

"The problem is to teach ourselves to think, and the writing will take care of itself."

Ernest Hemmingway

"The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it."

Truman Capote

"Good writing is rewriting."

*Quotes taken from the following source: Frank, Leonard F., ed. Quotationary. New York: Random House, 2001.

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