Expository Essay Examples Guide to Write an Expository Essay

Filed in Education by on April 13, 2021

Expository Essay Examples: Students often get frustrated when they are assigned an expository essay assignment. Although essays have never been a piece of cake in the first place, note. This version of the task appears to be one of, if not the, hardest one(s).

However, to write a good expository essay, you must understand: What is expository essay? What is the structure of expository essay? And how can you write an A-level expository essay?

In this article, you are going to find answers to all of these questions. Also, you shall read some expository essay examples to understand better.

What is Expository Essay?

While you prepare to read some expository essay examples, please note. To get to the point of the expository essay definition, let’s start with the basics. What is the meaning of the word “expository”. Expository is a derivative of the word “exposition.”

As you can already know exposition is to reveal information or something from its hidden state. Simply put, to expose something means to lay something bare. Also, it means to uncover, or discover information in a way to make it understandable for a reader.

Thus, an expository essay is a structured academic paper that investigates an idea. Also, it expands on it/provides argumentation. And presents everything in simple language to make the concept clear for everyone.

Types of Expository Essay

While you prepare to read some expository essay examples, please note. Expository essay is divided into five major categories. Namely:

  • Descriptive Essay

A descriptive essay describes something, some place, some experience, or some situation through sensory information.

  • Process Essay

A process essay explains or shows a process of making or doing something.

  • Comparison Essay

A comparison essay makes comparison and contrasts between two things.

  • Cause/Effect Essay

A cause and effect essay finds out the cause of something and then its effects on something else.

  • Problem/Solution Essay

A problem/solution essay presents a problem and its solution for readers.

Expository Essay Structure

While you prepare to read some expository essay examples, please note. As a rule, expository essay is done in MLA format. And typically has a standard 5-paragraph essay structure:

  • Paragraph 1

This paragraph deals with introduction and thesis statement. Introduction deals with a hook to grab your readers’ attention. While the thesis statement clearly presents the main concept and goal of your paper.

  • Paragraph 2

This deals with the first body of the essay. Also, it deals with 1st point/argument with supporting evidence.

  • Paragraph 3

This deals with the second body of the essay. Here, 2nd point/argument is made with supporting evidence.

  • Paragraph 4

This deals with the third body of the essay. Here, 3rd point/argument is made with supporting evidence.

  • Paragraph 5

This deals with conclusion with a concise summary of your key points/arguments. And a thesis restatement.

The 5-Step Process for Expository Essay Writing

While you prepare to read some expository essay examples, please note. Below are the 5 steps process for writing expository essay:

  • Prewriting: expository essay topics.
  • Expository essay outline.
  • Drafting.
  • Editing.
  • Revising: expository essay rubric.

Expository Essay Examples

While you prepare to read some expository essay examples, please note. Below are some of the expository essay examples:

Example 1

How Chinese Mothers are Superior (by Amy Chua)

“I’m using the term ‘Chinese mother’ loosely. I know some Korean, Indian, Jamaican, Irish and Ghanaian parents who qualify too. Conversely, I know some mothers of Chinese heritage, almost always born in the West, who are not Chinese mothers, by choice or otherwise.

 I’m also using the term ‘Western parents’ loosely. Western parents come in all varieties. All the same, even when Western parents think they’re being strict, they usually don’t come close to being Chinese mothers.

For example, my Western friends who consider themselves strict make their children practice their instruments 30 minutes every day. An hour at most. For a Chinese mother, the first hour is the easy part. It’s hours two and three that get tough.”

This is an excerpt from a comparison/contrast essay by Amy Chua. It explains how mothers are different in different cultures. This paragraph compares mothers from Chinese, Iranian, Jamaican, and Irish contexts.


Example 2

Learning to Read (by Malcolm X)

“It was because of my letters that I happened to stumble upon starting to acquire some kind of a homemade education. I became increasingly frustrated at not being able to express what I wanted to convey in letters that I wrote.

Especially those to Mr. Elijah Muhammad. In the street, I had been the most articulate hustler out there. I had commanded attention when I said something. But now, trying to write simple English, I not only wasn’t articulate, I wasn’t even functional.

How would I sound writing in slang, the way I would say it, something such as, ‘Look, daddy, let me pull your coat about a cat, Elijah Muhammad —

Many who today hear me somewhere in person, or on television, or those who read something I’ve said, will think I went to school far beyond the eighth grade. This impression is due entirely to my prison studies.”

The above essay has been taken from a process essay. In this essay, Malcolm X tells the process of his learning. In this paragraph, he gives full detail how he learns letters.


Example 3

Summer Ritual (by Ray Bradbury)

“About seven o’clock you could hear the chairs scraping from the tables, someone experimenting with a yellow-toothed piano, if you stood outside the dining-room window and listened.

Matches being struck, the first dishes bubbling in the suds and tinkling on the wall racks, somewhere, faintly, a phonograph playing. And then as the evening changed the hour, at house after house on the twilight streets, under the immense oaks and elms, on shady porches, people would begin to appear, like those figures who tell good or bad weather in rain-or-shine clocks.

Uncle Bert, perhaps Grandfather, then Father, and some of the cousins; the men all coming out first into the syrupy evening, blowing smoke, leaving the wSWomen’s voices behind in the cooling-warm kitchen to set their universe aright.

Then the first male voices under the porch brim, the feet up, the boys fringed on the worn steps or wooden rails where sometime during the evening something, a boy or a geranium pot, would fall off.”

This is an example of a passage from a descriptive essay. It has a full description which tells us about sounds and colors; a type of sensory information.


In a nutshell. The above are some of the basic information you need to know about expository essay. However, as you practice writing this essay, note. You can learn from the expository essay examples shown above.

CSN Team.

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