Expository Writing What is Expository Writing? Definitions?
To “Expose”… Explanatory Prose. • Not Argumentative because purpose is not to convince but to EXPLAIN; • Not Persuasion but CLARIFICATION fro UNDERSTANDING Often a combination of some or all of above.
Approaches or Ways to ‘EXPOSE’? • Causal Analysis: • Involves assessing WHY something happened/developed the way it did and HOW? • Concerns consequences of action/effects of a situation--- both present and future. Causal Analysis is specifically a type of analytical thinking.
Process Analysis Is an extension of C.A. but in progressive pattern, i.e.: • It ranges over time • It explains events by considering their relation to one another, sequentially and logically.
Process Organisation: How do you go about it? • First: give directions, ie, what are your over-arching ideas? Write your Thesis Statement • Offer explanation with elaborations with a stand, with intent. You many employ a narrative stand; or present a list of things to do or a set of considerations to bear in mind.
Illustration / Exemplification: • Use these to support explanations and elaborations, as they CLARIFY by illuminating you point, shedding light on the subject in question.
Comparison This is definitely useful as subject requires 2 things / aspects SIMULTANEOUSLY to set one off against another in order to gain clearer insights/understanding. These can also be counter examples.
How to Compare? Two Methods: • BLOCK method: Two halves of comparison discussed separately, one after another: Structure: Subject A; Subject B; ↓ Conclusion
Alternating method: Introduction Point 1 : Subject A & B Point 2: “ Point 3: “ Final Point ↓ Conclusion
Analogy (Metaphorical) method: It’s an extended illustration--- but more as a partial similarity or correspondence between TWO things/ ideas/ aspects, etc
Classification: Requires CLOSE LOOK at terms and aspects. It’s the making of careful distinctions and avoidance of over-simplified explanations. To classify is to group or categorise, which enables us to organise info, to order or divide masses of data and experience.