Writing: Expository Writing Time: Task: Students will read

Writing: Expository Writing Time: Task: Students will read

Writing: Expository Writing Time: Task: Students will read a quote, adage or universally accessible

topic and respond in an educated, thoughtprovoking essay. Early to bed, early to rise Harder, better

faster, stronger To be or not to be Types of Prompts: Quotes- famous quotations by historians, authors, politicians, etc. Example: Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. Adages- short, memorable sayings that have great meaning attached.

Example: Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you react to it. Universally Accessible Topic- Food for thought that is not attached to curriculum or studies, but rather an idea formed from life experience. Example: Some say that love is the most powerful emotion. Others think love is simply a reaction. ???Can your imagination reach its full 1. Aim for a 4-paragraph response (at a minimum) which

uses various cohesive devices (think- transitions!). 2. Remember that this is all expository (explanatory) not narrative (telling a story). 3. You will need: an opening and a closing; a well-developed, cohesive, single focus; organization and logical progression 4. You will also need at least two well-developed examples, using vivid details, that directly relate to the prompt. 5. Write in 3rd person.

You will see the same set of directions embedded in each prompt: Using an example from literature, history, science, film, or your own experience or observation, write an essay analyzing Grab the readers attention Integrate the quote, adage or topic Find background information to introduce the topic

Thesis statement or main idea Example(s) from literature, history, science, film You can actually study for this part, because themes are UNIVERSAL Think about some major novels that you have read thus far and/or some historical figures. Figure out what they stand for, what themes they exemplify, and be ready to work that into whatever prompt presents itself.

Example(s) from your own experience or observation You will write this as an explanation, not a narration. Do not be tempted to relive the story; speak about it with an academic voice.

Generate final remarks without introducing brand new examples Unify and Summarize your ideas Remind the audience of your main point / thesis Use a satisfactory close / clincher (could tie back into intro)

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