Expository Essay Terms

topic sentence
first sentence of a body paragraph that states the main idea of the paragraph
body
the middle section of an essay that presents examples to support the main idea of the essay
examples
specific information from readings, observations, studies, or experiences that support the main idea of an essay
title
reflects the content and main idea of an essay
introduction
first paragraph of an essay that presents topic to discussed
thesis statement
last sentence of first paragraph that states main idea of essay and examples to be presented
conclusion
last paragraph of essay that restates main idea, summarizes examples, and discusses importance of issue in today’s world
context
the scene or situation in which an event or statement occurs
opening
grabs reader’s attention
main idea
subject of the essay
summarize
(verb) to give a brief retelling of a piece of writing
discourse
oral or written language that discusses thoughts or ideas
expository
writing that informs or persuades
clincher sentence
last sentence of body paragraph that sums up the main idea of the paragraph
theme
an insight about human life revealed in a literary work; a lesson; moral
summary
(noun) a concise (brief) retelling of a piece of writing
genre
the type of a work of literature: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama
quotations
words from the text used to support ideas in an essay

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