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Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Augustine and Yang Teng expository writing

Exposition is a type of oral or written discourse that is used to explain, describe, give information or inform. The creator of an expository text can not assume that the reader or listener has prior knowledge or prior understanding of the topic that is being discussed. One important point to keep in mind for the author is to try to use words that clearly show what they are talking about rather then blatantly telling the reader what is being discussed. Since clarity requires strong organization, one of the most important mechanisms that can be used to improve our skills in exposition is to provide directions to improve the organization of the text.

Types of expository patterns:

Circumlocution - Depicts a pattern in which the speaker discusses a topic, then diverts to discuss a related but different topic.

Narrative Interspersion - A pattern or a sub-pattern imbedded in other patterns in which the speaker or writer intersperses a narrative within the expository text for specific purposes, including to clarify, or elaborate on a point or to link the subject matter to a personal experience.

Recursion - When the speaker discusses a topic, then restates it using different words or symbolism. It is used to drive home a point and to give special emphasis to the text.

Description - The author describes a topic by listing characteristics, features, and examples

Sequence - The author lists items or events in numerical or chronological order.

Comparison - The author explains how two or more things are alike and/or how they are different.

Cause and Effect - The author lists one or more causes and the resulting effect or effects.

Problem and Solution - The author states a problem and lists one or more solutions for the problem. A variation of this pattern is the question- and-answer format in which the author poses a question and then answers it.

narrative and personal recounts tell a story about an event, while an expository tells you facts about an event or how to do something. It also can give insight on an issue.

http://www.stanford.edu/~arnetha/expowrite/info.html
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_difference_between_expository_and_narrative

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