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COMMUNICATION AND STUDY SKILLS (COM152): GROUP PRESENTATION
TOPIC: EXPOSITORY AND NARRATIVE WRITING
DEF: Expository writing is a type of writing where the purpose is to inform, describe, explain, or define the author’s subject to the reader. A well-written exposition remains focused on its topic and lists events in chronological order.
Expository essays are simply essays that explain something with FACTS, as opposed to OPINION.
ATTRIBUTES OF EXPOSITORY WRITING
• Keywords such as; first, after, next, then, last, before that, and…. Usually signal sequential writing.
• The use of first person pronouns should be avoided.
• Expository essays should not reveal the opinion of the writer.
• Some magazines
• Text books
Samples of expository essays include:
• Essays that described how to do something.
• Essays that analyze events, ideas, objects, or written works.
• Essays that describe a process.
• Essays that explain/describe an historical event.
USE OF EXPOSITORY WRITING IN SOCIAL SCIENCES
ADVANTAGES OF EXPOSITORY WRITING
• Useful in communicating step by step instructional information as well as describing a difficult subject.
• It is a format that allows the reader to easily follow and understand instructions that can serve as functional knowledge of a topic.
• The clear and concise style of the writing allows the reader to utilize the information in an unambiguous, straightforward way.
• The data driven, factually based presentation of the information assures the reader that the information is based on experience and is objective
DISADVANTAGES OF EXPOSITORY WRITING
• The chronological nature of an expository explanation may not be suitable for the non-sequential nature of events
• An expository history may be described to explain the cause and effect sequence of an event, however, that history is typically only one of many possible histories.
• The nature of an...