To write a successful expository essay the writer

• Creates a meaningful and interesting thesis

• Engages the reader's interest in the introduction

• Uses valuable and significant information from a variety of sources to support the thesis

• Provides information that goes beyond the obvious

• Uses relevant and interesting details to support ideas

• Anticipates readers' questions, misunderstandings, biases, and expectations

• Synthesizes the ideas and information into a thoughtful conclusion

• Correctly uses the conventions of the English language

Possible Modes of Expository Writing:

• Information reports

• Research reports

• Summaries

• Letters to the Editor

• Speeches

• Science project reports

• Descriptions

• Brochures

• Business letters

• Articles

• Sets of directions

• News reports

• Encyclopedia paragraphs

• Friendly notes - invitations, thank you notes, etc.

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