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#10: Expository Writing & Its Importance

(Process of expository writing)

Expository writing is..

a type of writing that is used to explain, describe, give information, or to inform.

It is organized around one topic and developed according to a pattern or combination of patterns.  You cannot assume that the reader or listener has prior knowledge or prior understanding of the topic that is being discussed.  Since clarity requires strong organization, one of the most important mechanisms to improve skills in exposition is to improve the organization of the text.

At the start of our course, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. All my prior English classes consisted of reading and writing multiple page papers. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that in this course, we would be doing more than just those two. There was almost a sense of freedom in having the ability to incorporate different forms of writing to express what I wanted to say. Instead of just telling through words; I was able to describe my topic using pictures, videos, and sounds; the whole multimodal process.

It wasn’t until we got towards the end of our project when I able to notice a pattern and process with expository writing. There was a reason why our project was divided into multiple parts; each component curcial for the next step.

One of the most important parts of expository writing is to describe our subject in as much detail as we can. These may include characteristics and features, which provides information on how something looks, feels, tastes, smells, makes one feel, or sounds. The difference between creative writing (for example) and expository writing is that creative writing focuses on entertaining the audience, while expository writing aims to inform. This was a significant process in our object analysis and description, where we laid our focus on how our objects looked visually, and felt. Another important step of expository writing is the sequence, which is listing items or events in numerical or chronological order, which we did this through our timeline.

What I learned during this course was the importance of multimodality. Expository writing is sort of a slow gradual process of informing an audience. Like a 5 paragraph essay, it requires an introduction (our description of our artifacts), some type of a visual (including pictures or videos into our Twitter essays), a timeline, and a reflection. We use muultimodality on a daily basis, whether we notice it or not; so I think it’s important to notice how we use exposition in our daily lives.