the following points about the two essays you read:
What characteristics make these essays expository?
Identify the type of organization each author used to develop the essay:
topic, time order, space order, or informative process.
Why do you think each author chose that type of organization for his or her
essay? In what ways does this organizational choice make the essay effective?
What effect might the author have achieved with another type of organization or
another type of expository essay?
In what ways are these expository essays alike? In what ways are they
Explain your answers.
Lucy Stone: in her lifetime, she achieved a number of important "firsts" for which we can remember her. She was the first
woman in Massachusetts to earn a college degree. She even achieved a "first" at death, by being the first person in New
England to be cremated. She's remembered most for one first: being the first woman in the United States to keep her own
name after marriage.
Considered on the radical edge of women's rights at the beginning of her speaking and writing career, she's usually
considered a leader of the conservative wing of the suffrage movement in her later years. The woman whose speech in
1850 converted Susan B. Anthony to the suffrage cause, later split with Anthony over strategy and tactics, splitting the
suffrage movement into two major branches after the Civil War.
Lucy Stone was born on the 13th of August, 1818, on her family's Massachusetts farm. She was the eighth of nine
children, and as she grew up, she watched as her father ruled the household, and his wife, by "divine right." Disturbed
when her mother had to beg her father for money, she was also unhappy with the lack of support in her family for her
education. She was faster at learning than her brother -- but he was to be educated, she was not.
She was inspired in her reading by the Grimke sisters, abolitionists but also proponents of women's rights. When the Bible
was quoted to her, defending the positions of men and women, she declared that when she grew up, she'd learn Greek
and Hebrew so she could correct the mistranslation that she was sure was behind such verses!
Her father would not support her education, and so she alternated her own education with teaching, to earn enough to
continue. She attended several institutions, including
Mount Holyoke Female Seminary
in 1839. By age 25 (1843), she
had saved enough to fund her first year at
in Ohio, the country's first college to admit both women and
After four years of study at Oberlin College, all the while teaching and doing housework to pay for the costs, Lucy Stone