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Explanatory Essay

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In a few words, what is an explanatory essay?
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"write an explanatory essay in which you use a story as evidence for your main idea"
Learning objective:
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An explanatory essay is a type of writing that explains a topic by presenting information and insights in a logical, well-ordered sequence.
What is an Explanatory Essay?
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Thesis Statement: a sentence or two that states the main idea of the essay. Evidence: facts, figures, examples, and other evidence used to support the main idea of the essay.
Parts of the essay:
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Explanatory essays are sometimes referred to as 'process essays' because they explain how to do something. An explanatory essay should answer the 'how' questions of a topic rather than the 'what' or 'why' questions. Think: Cause and effect (how/when did ___ effect____) Explanatory essays are written in a formal tone and require research and evidence to prove the point being made.
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6. Open question
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Work together in pairs: What is the most important part of writing an explanatory essay?
7. Personalised Feedback
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Explain: how does social media impact friendships? Provide examples to support your explanation.
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Brain break: Draw a pasta with wings flying in the sky!
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What is the purpose of an explanatory essay?
  • To explain a process or concept
  • To entertain the reader
  • To persuade the reader
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Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of an explanatory essay?
  • Providing clear explanations
  • Expressing personal opinions
  • Using supporting evidence
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What should be included in the introduction of an explanatory essay?
  • Emotional anecdotes
  • Controversial statements
  • A clear thesis statement
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Which organizational structure is commonly used in explanatory essays?
  • Cause and effect
  • Chronological order
  • Compare and contrast
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What type of language should be used in an explanatory essay?
  • Technical jargon
  • Clear and concise language
  • Figurative language

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