“Primary goal [of expository writing] is to explain” • The expository writer is like “a prosecuting attorney” [but you must be more honest, more open to evidence]: “‘Tell ’em what you’re going to tell ’em, tell it to ’em, and then tell ’em what you’ve told ’em'”
The Checklist • A well-defined thesis • A clear strategy • Strong evidence • A clean narrative line • A persuasive closing
Continuity • Good writers are sticklers for continuity. They won’t let themselves write a sentence that isn’t clearly connected to the ones immediately preceding and following it. They want their prose to flow, and they know that this is the only way to achieve that effect. • See conjunctive adverbs that can be used for continuity on pp. 46.
Final Tips • 1) Make sure you have a clear thesis. • 2) Think of yourself as a prosecuting attorney, think of your essay as a case, and think of your reader as a highly skeptical jury. • 3) Prove each of your points supporting your overall thesis . • 4) Signpost your argument every step of the way. • 5) Assert, then support; assert, then support; assert, then support. • 6) Paragraphs should be "organized around a single major point. • 7) Instead of starting each paragraph with a topic sentence, use a bridge sentence whose prime function is to convey the reader over into a new paragraph.