A Guide To Composing A 7th Grade Expository Essay

It’s most likely a 7th grade student will be required to write a 5-7 paragraph essay. If this is the case, you’re in luck because 5-7 paragraph essays are quite simple to put together. Basically these papers have an introduction, a conclusion, and 3-5 paragraphs of writing making up the body.

What is an expository essay?

A student is required to investigate a subject or idea, evaluate the data and evidence, expand the idea and then propose an argument about the idea in a clear and straight forward manner. The student can accomplish this by using definitions and examples, comparison and contrasts, analyzing cause and effect and so on.

How should the paper be designed?

There should be a clear and concise thesis statement. It should be narrowed appropriately to achieve focus on a small detail, and should appear at the end of the introduction paragraph. All the research and supporting statements should point toward this statement.

There should be clear and logical transitions from one paragraph to the next. This is what holds the paper together and helps the flow of the writing to seem smooth and not choppy.

Here are the basic steps you need to follow in order to write an expository paper

  1. What is the purpose of your writing? Have you identified what point you want to get across? Is there a particular subject you want to explore?
  2. Consider who your readers are. What are their needs or expectations? How much can you assume they know or understand?
  3. Start generating the ideas for your writing piece. Write down notes as thoughts come into your mind. You can figure out how they all fit together later on. Try making some lists and then group some of the similar ideas together. Try free writing, which is just writing without stopping for a full 10 minutes. During that time, write whatever comes into your mind, hopefully focused on your topic. Review your notes and underline the information you think will be useful.
  4. Write out the questions, who, what, why, where, when and how? Space them several lines apart on the paper and then start looking for the answers. Jot down your findings for each of these questions.
  5. Make an outline using the ideas and evidences you have found. Look over all the points and organize them into a logical pattern. Create your outline from what you’ve organized.
  6. Write your paper following the work you did on the outline. Proof read and correct errors.


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