The first body section or paragraph should focus on one of your main points and provide evidence to support that point.There should be two to three supporting points: reasons, facts, statistics, quotations, examples, or a mix of these.Although you did this verbally, you were still fulfilling the elements of an expository essay by providing definition, details, explanations, and maybe even facts if you have a really good memory.
You want to make sure you are giving thorough, comprehensive, and clear explanations on the topic.
Never assume the reader knows everything about your topic (even if it is covered in the reader’s field of study).
For example, even though some of your instructors may teach criminology, they may have specialized in different areas from the one about which you are writing; they most likely have a strong understanding of the concepts but may not recall all the small details on the topic.
If your instructor specialized in crime mapping and data analysis for example, he or she may not have a strong recollection of specific criminological theories related to other areas of study.
However, remember that some sections will require more explanation, and you may need to separate this information into multiple paragraphs.
You can order your sections in the most logical way to explain your ideas.Many of your future academic workplace writing assignments will be expository–explaining your ideas or the significance of a concept or action.An expository essay allows the writer the opportunity to explain his or her ideas about a topic and to provide clarity for the reader by using: Imagine you need to verbally explain a concept to your classmates, maybe a behavioural theory.What are the key elements on which you would focus? You could explain who came up with the theory, the specific area of study to which it is related, its purpose, and the significant details to explain the theory.Telling these four elements to your classmates would give them a complete, yet summarized, picture of the theory, so they could apply the theory in future discussions.As you will see in Section 4.5: Classification, some essay forms may require even more than five paragraphs or sections because of how many points are necessary to address. For the rest of this chapter, the term paragraph will also imply section.Sections of an Expository Essay An expository essay, regardless of its purpose, should have at least five sections, which are: Introduction First body section/paragraph Second body section/paragraph Third body section/paragraph Conclusion.To understand further why you need to think beyond the five-paragraph essay, imagine you have been asked to submit a six-page paper (approximately 1,500 words).You already know that each paragraph should be roughly 75 to 200 words long.Do not include any new points in your concluding paragraph.Later in this chapter, you will work on determining and adapting to your audience when writing, but with an expository essay, since you are defining or informing your audience on a certain topic, you need to evaluate how much your audience knows about that topic (aside from having general common knowledge).