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.
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.
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.
You may actually be doing this all the time; for example, when you are giving someone directions to a place or explaining how to cook something.
In the following sections of the chapter, you will practise doing this more in different expository written forms.
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.