There are 2 objectives for this post:
A summary of the lessons we have had on expository writing
A place for you to post your paragraphs about the causes and effects of crime
I have made the point numerous times that the reason we are covering expository writing in so much detail is that this is a text type that you use in almost all subjects, and also the one that you will be using most often after you leave school. Think of your literature/ history/ geography/ social studies papers. Expository writing required? Definitely. Look at your textbooks- again, all written in an expository style.
The three types of exposition we have covered are compare and contrast, classification and cause and effect. These are beautifully explained in Just Write chapter 7. If you have not read the chapter yet, I urge you to do so as soon as possible. It is important for you to be able to decide which type of writing is required when you look at the essay topic. If you would like some examples, there are excellent sample essays in Just Write. You might also like to refer to the upper secondary essays in Slices of Life. I notice many of you do not even read this collection, which is a shame, because it provides examples for you of exactly the types of essays that will get you good marks. When you look at the sample essays in both books, focus on
the essay questions
the type of expository writing used in the answers
the basis for comparison/ contrast (if it is a compare/contrast type of essay), or the basis for classification (if it a classification type of essay)
the transitional words used
There is no shame in learning from those who have come before us. Why reinvent the wheel? Read what your seniors have written and then build on it.
And now for your paragraphs. I am interested to see what you are able to come up with. Just type in the comment box.