Look back at the main idea of each section/paragraph, and try to summarize the point using words different from those you have already used.Do not include any new points in your concluding paragraph.You should instead think of your essay in terms of sections (there may be five), and each section may have multiple paragraphs.
There should be two to three supporting points: reasons, facts, statistics, quotations, examples, or a mix of these.
Both the second and third body sections should follow the same pattern.
Later in this chapter, you will work on determining and adapting to your audience when writing, but with an expository essay, since you are defining or informing your audience on a certain topic, you need to evaluate how much your audience knows about that topic (aside from having general common knowledge).
You want to make sure you are giving thorough, comprehensive, and clear explanations on the topic.
That is, you only want to mention the content of the body paragraphs; you do not want to go in to a lot of detail and repeat what will be in the rest of the essay.
The first body section or paragraph should focus on one of your main points and provide evidence to support that point.You already know that each paragraph should be roughly 75 to 200 words long.If you divide the required word count by five paragraphs (1,500 by 5), you end with 300 words per paragraph, way above the number you should have in a paragraph.This is the same process that you would use when you write an expository essay.You may actually be doing this all the time; for example, when you are giving someone directions to a place or explaining how to cook something.Instead, if you think of your essays being divided into sections (with possibly more than one paragraph per section), your writing will likely be more organized and allow your reader to follow your presentation of ideas without creating too much distance between your paragraph’s supporting points and its topic sentence.As you will see in Section 4.5, some essay forms may require even more than five paragraphs or sections because of how many points are necessary to address.Imagine you need to verbally explain a concept to your classmates, maybe a behavioural theory.What are the key elements on which you would focus? You could explain who came up with the theory, the specific area of study to which it is related, its purpose, and the significant details to explain the theory.You will learn about the different ways to organize your body paragraphs in the next chapter.The concluding paragraph, or conclusion, can be a little tricky to compose because you need to make sure you give a concise summary of the body paragraphs, but you must be careful not to simply repeat what you have already written.