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How to Write Expository Writing

What does expository writing look like?

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How to Write Expository Writing
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Expository writing, though one of the more clear-cut of the four types of writing, may be one of the more difficult for your child to learn. Expository writing is used to describe, explain, define or otherwise inform a reader about a specific subject. It’s devoid of opinion or unnecessary descriptive language.

Expository writing contains:

  • definitions
  • examples and clarifications
  • comparisons and contrasts
  • explanations of cause and effect
  • glossary entries


Expository writing is used for:

  • newspaper articles
  • research reports or projects
  • how-to’s
  • bibliographies
  • glossaries
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