How to Plan & Write an Expository Essay

How to Plan & Write an Expository Essay

In this lesson you will learn how to plan and write an expository essay first we’re going to be figuring out what the prompt is asking second would be planning out what you are going to write third you want to write your essay.

Let’s start by figuring out what the prompt is asking and let’s take a look at our sample prompt. Today the prompt says all of us have had friends in our lives think about friends you have had in your life now write to explain why friends are important so if I really am thinking about what the prompt is asking I want to pay close attention to the last line first of all I can tell this is an expository prompt because it’s asking me to explain something I know I’m writing an essay second I can see that I’m going to be writing an essay about why friends are important that is my topic.

Now that I know that my point what my prompt is asking I need to plan out what it is I’m going to write and before I can make a plan I need to think about what has to go in to an expository essay so a good expository essay always has a focus statement the focus statement states what the topic of the essay is a good essay also has two main ideas main ideas are reasons why the focus statement is true an essay should also include anecdotes anecdotes are examples that prove the main ideas finally my essay needs a conclusion a conclusion wraps up the essay by restating the main ideas using synonyms now that I know what goes into an expository essay.

I’m ready to make my plan so once again the prompt is asking to explain why friends are important so let’s set up my plan first I need to plan out a focus statement and all I need to do here is state that my essay is going to be about explaining why friends are important so my simple focus statement is friends are important to me for many reasons now I need my first main idea my main idea number one this is the first reason why friends are important to me primarily my friends help me out of tight spots that’s one of the reasons why I think friends are important. Notice how I’ve written my main idea.

I’m writing it first as a complete sentence and I always start with a transition this time I used primarily but another good transition is to begin with next after my transition I have the topic my friends and then I have my specific reason why friends are important to me now that I’ve given my first main idea I need two anecdotes to prove it.