In a few words, what is an explanatory essay?
"write an explanatory essay in which you use a story as evidence for your main idea"
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?
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:
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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Work together in pairs: What is the most important part of writing an explanatory essay?
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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
Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of an explanatory essay?
- Providing clear explanations
- Expressing personal opinions
- Using supporting evidence
What should be included in the introduction of an explanatory essay?
- Emotional anecdotes
- Controversial statements
- A clear thesis statement
Which organizational structure is commonly used in explanatory essays?
- Cause and effect
- Chronological order
- Compare and contrast
What type of language should be used in an explanatory essay?
- Technical jargon
- Clear and concise language
- Figurative language