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Characteristics of Expository Essays ENG101

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Characteristics of the Expository Essay What Is an Essay? An essay , or personal-opinion paper, is an important part of your college experience because it requires critical thinking as well as organization and research. Essay is a broad term—sometimes an essay is just a page long; sometimes, essays are five pages or longer. Essays, however, focus on a single subject and idea. They also have different purposes: to persuade, explain, or entertain. Consider the following essay titles: Why You Should Never Vote for a Democrat My Friend Harry Reasoner Cells Phones: Getting the Most for the Least Gay Marriage Does Not Hurt Traditional Marriage How to Write an Essay How would you categorize the essays above based on the titles? Is Why You Should Never Vote for a Democrat a persuasive essay or an entertaining one? Does How to Write an Essay explain or persuade? Even within a classification, writers use different types of development and have multiple purposes for their essays. Essay Classifications Writers classify essays in different ways. The following table includes common types of essays as well as examples: Type of Essay Definition Example Expository Uses evidence, examples, or facts to explain a concept or to inform about a topic with a thesis as its base; the information must be presented fairly and in a non-biased manner How to Stop Smoking Persuasive/Argumentative Uses evidence, examples, or facts to persuade your reader to accept your point of view on a subject High Schools Should Offer More Technical Courses Cause and Effect Explains why something
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