Expository Writing Contributions from “Writing to Command Success” Workshop By Mark Diamond
Expository/informative writing • Directions/How tos • Reports about: books, people, places, objects, experiments, history, surveys * Goal – give clear information & get somebody excited about your subject.
3 A’s of Writing • Attitude – We love mistakes! • We’re not afraid to make spelling, punctuation, and grammar mistakes. • We will fix those mistakes later!
Atmosphere • Eliminate distractions • Soft lighting • Smooth jazz music – covers distracting noise
Activities • Write about topics that fascinate you! • Favorite tv, movie, music, sport • Favorite hobby or pet • A special person in your life • How to do something you enjoy • A report about a SS or Science topic • Review a favorite book, movie or play
Topic 1 • The PTA wants to honor a local hero at their next meeting. They believe that many people in our community are heroes. Write a report about your hero. Think carefully about why this particular person is your hero and be sure to include specific details to support your choice.
Topic 2 • Everyone has an activity that they enjoy doing. It might be playing an instrument, reading a book, or playing a sport. Think of reason why you enjoy an activity. Write a report about your activity.
Topic 3 • Some people cherish their pets. Responsibilities and rewards are part of owning a pet. Write a report about your favorite pet, including how to choose and care for your pal.
Five Steps • Step 1 – Planning (How Line) • Step 2 – Sloppy Copy • Step 3 – Revising • Step 4 – Proofread • Step 5 – Neat Sheet
Trick #1 The HOW! Line • Without it, your report will ramble & lack direction. • Expository Topic: Write a report about your favorite pet, including how to choose and care for your pal.
Lead Beginning Show Meet Highlight 1 Highlight 2 Highlight 3 Middle Really? How Moment! Closing End
Trick #2 How Moment! • Fill this out first! • Choose your most fascinating & compelling piece of information. • Pick a highlight that will rock your readers – Usually it’s about how something happens
Really? How Moment How to teach your bird to talk.
Trick 3 “SHOW” • Relate an experience • Interaction/Dialogue to create or recall a short experience that introduces your topic. • Make up portions you can’t remember or create a realistic scene, esp. one that will get readers thinking or talking
Show Show how people made fun of me having a bird instead of a dog or cat. How moment How to teach your bird to talk
Trick #4 Meet Meet your subject. Help the reader get to know your subject. Provide some basic information and a lead-in to the HIGHLIGHTS that will follow.
Show how people made fun of me having a bird instead of a dog or cat. Show Parakeets in parrot family. Can have 1 or 2. Don’t need lots of attention. Tips Follow. Meet How moment How to teach your bird to talk
Show how people made fun of me having a bird instead of a dog or cat. Show Parakeets in parrot family. Can have 1 or 2. Don’t need lots of attention. Tips Follow. Meet Choosing the keet. Good store. Puffiness. Get a young one. Color Bars. Active one. Highlight 1 Highlight 2 Bringing it home. Decorate cage. Radio. Seed and water. Changing cage bottom. Important safety tip. No drafts! Put cage In corner of busy area. Highlight 3 How moment How to teach your bird to talk Can’t walk them, but cute & easy. Don’t eat sofas. Don’t mess carpet. Closing