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Expository Paragraph Outline

Basic Expository Paragraph Outline

The expository essay requires the student to investigate an idea, evaluate evidence, expound on the idea, and set forth a conclusion drawn from the evidence. In many ways, the expository essay is a bit like the reason essay, but it involves presenting evidence that the author uncovers and it often deals with topics that may be controversial.

In many cases, it falls between a simple reason essay and an argument essay. Like the argument essay, the expository essay requires you to present your findings with evidence and present those findings in three body paragraphs.

The conclusion in an expository essay evaluates the evidence presented to "prove" your conclusion.

Examples of expository essays are:

1. What effect does technology have on relationships?
2. Why do couples break up?
3. What are the main causes of bullying in schools?

Remember, you want to save the most important evidence for last.

Again, an outline is essential for your essays, but can be confusing because you often think of the most important thing first. Again, list your findings from the most important to the least important and will put them in the correct order.


Topic Sentence - the Top Bun

Your topic sentence goes here. You want to emphasize that your findings support your conclusion


Try to limit your reasons to one word

The Most Important Finding -- the Meat

The Second Most Important Finding - the Tomato

First (or Least Important) Finding - the Lettuce

Conclusion - the Bottom Bun

The bottom bun looks a lot like the top bun.
A conclusion can be something as simple as: "The evidence above strongly suggests that..."