You will learn about the different ways to organize your body paragraphs in the next chapter.
The concluding paragraph, or conclusion, can be a little tricky to compose because you need to make sure you give a concise summary of the body paragraphs, but you must be careful not to simply repeat what you have already written.
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Many of your future academic workplace writing assignments will be expository–explaining your ideas or the significance of a concept or action.
Sections of an Expository Essay An expository essay, regardless of its purpose, should have at least five sections, which are: Introduction First body section/paragraph Second body section/paragraph Third body section/paragraph Conclusion.
The introduction should state the topic of your paper: your thesis statement as well as brief signposts of what information the rest of the paper will include.
That is, you only want to mention the content of the body paragraphs; you do not want to go in to a lot of detail and repeat what will be in the rest of the essay.
The first body section or paragraph should focus on one of your main points and provide evidence to support that point.
In the following sections of the chapter, you will practise doing this more in different expository written forms.
Sections versus Paragraphs Before looking at the general structure of an expository essay, you first need to know that in your post-secondary education, you should not consider your essay as writing being constructed with five paragraphs as you might have been used to in high school.