Ms. Gokturk

The Expository Essay: I am a Fountain of Knowledge!

A.K.A The Research Essay

[Adapted from The Five Paragraph Essay at and News Day at]

Expository essays require that the writer give information, explain the topic or define something. To accomplish that, they are best developed by the use of facts and statistical information, cause and effect relationships, or examples. Since they are factual, they are written without emotion and usually written in the third person. That means that the use of the pronoun "I" is not usually found within the essay. This essay explains the topic/situation/event, offers details to make the reader aware, and does not seek to persuade a reader. The author simply resents the facts and lets the reader figure out their own opinion.

     Like all kinds of essays, there is a specific format that should be followed. This can be broken down into a three part structure:







Paper Requirements:


Phases. Your work will be collected or checked at the following points.

  1. Topic Approval
  2. Outline
  3. Index cards
  4. Introduction
  5. First draft
  6. Citations
  7. Final Draft
  8. Presentation (Power Point)