Expository Essay Outline

Find a suggested expository essay outline below. This can be used as a starting point. Ensure that you have brainstormed your topic effectively and have sufficient material on hand which will assist you in supporting your main ideas.

 

Suggested Expository Essay Outline

Introduction A good introductory paragraph is made up of two parts the lead and the thesis Statement. The lead is there to capture the reader’s attention and the thesis statement to tell the readers what the piece is all about. Catch the reader’s attention with:

  • An amazing fact
  • A descriptive segment
  • A quote
  • A question
  • A bold opinion
  • A statistic

Main Idea #1The main idea is the general idea. It states the central point of the paragraph. The main idea usually appears in a sentence called the topic sentence. The rest of the paragraph provides the supporting details for the main idea. An exciting piece of expository writing is not a list of simply stated facts but a collection of examples, anecdotes and interesting details. Include a variety of specific examples. Show what you see, hear, smell and feel. Explain cause and effect. Answer why the topic is important. Use quotes, amazing facts, statistics and descriptive segments.

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Main Idea # 2The main idea is the general idea. It states the central point of the paragraph. The main idea usually appears in a sentence called the topic sentence. The rest of the paragraph provides the supporting details for the main idea. An exciting piece of expository writing is not a list of simply stated facts but a collection of examples, anecdotes and interesting details. Include a variety of specific examples. Show what you see, hear, smell and feel. Explain cause and effect. Answer why the topic is important. Use quotes, amazing facts, statistics and descriptive segments..

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Main Idea # 3The main idea is the general idea. It states the central point of the paragraph. The main idea usually appears in a sentence called the topic sentence. The rest of the paragraph provides the supporting details for the main idea. An exciting piece of expository writing is not a list of simply stated facts but a collection of examples, anecdotes and interesting details. Include a variety of specific examples. Show what you see, hear, smell and feel. Explain cause and effect. Answer why the topic is important. Use quotes, amazing facts, statistics and descriptive segments.

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Conclusion

Effective restating of main ideas.


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Main Idea Sentence Starters.

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Choosing the right essay topic.

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