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Writing an Explanatory Essay and Improving Your Grades

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An explanatory essay is an explanation, or expository in the form of an essay paper where your objective as a writer is to explain something to your reader. The main goal of this explanatory essay is to give more confidence to the students when presenting information, facts, statistics, etc.

There are 6 types of explanatory essays:

  1. Definition (explaining a complicated concept),
  2. Cause and effect (describe a situation that occurred as well as its impact),
  3. Compare and contrast (explain the differences and similarities between 2 or more people, situations, concepts etc)
  4. How-to-explain the procedure or process involved in doing something,
  5. Classification (define a broad subject into different parts and explain each one thoroughly),
  6. Problem and solution (analyze and evaluate a particular problem and pose the eventual solution).

It is necessary to validate all of the arguments with facts and examples.

This kind of essay needs to present a neutral description of the preferred topic by providing analysis from research. The academic format for an explanatory essay is the 5-paragraph essay. It needs to have a concise thesis to understand the basics of the topic in a summarized point of view.

Several suggestions may aid in developing an explanatory essay. Before any writing, try to pre-write or brainstorm, research, outline, write and proofread. Additionally, you may add a quote, proverb, or sayings. Add several unusual facts, a question, or a bold opinion. Each paragraph needs to explain only one thing, carefully written and trustworthy.

The explanation essay has 3 parts: introduction, body paragraph and conclusion.

  • The introduction should consist of what the writer is planning to explain and why this is your topic. The thesis statement must include certain aspects mentioned in the planning paragraph. It is advised to add a certain structural part in the essay that will reveal other details of these aspects.
  • The body paragraph consists of more than one paragraph. If the thesis statement consists of several aspects, the writer should evaluate each of them in a separate paragraph. In the main body, you have to develop your thoughts with certain evidence. The writer should sound convincing.
  • The conclusion is the paragraph where the writer states the definition of the problem pointed out. The conclusion is a summary of the essay.

When the explanatory essay is written, the final step is to proofread the text. That means the writer should carefully check the text for grammatical or other types of errors.

Implement the following recommendations such as to perform the right research, develop a clear thesis, understand the meaning of an explanatory essay and the appropriate topic. The outline of an explanatory essay depends on the length of the topic. The information presented needs to be described in detail. The majority of the essay should be a page or two in length with 5 paragraphs overall.

How to Start a Narrative Essay

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‘’Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.’’ William James

Introduction

A narrative essay is a story that has a specific point. It has the aim to present a lesson or teach us.  This kind of essay is frequently written in the first-person voice, but maybe in third as well. A  a narrative essay has a strong chronological order and verbs to describe vividly 5 senses such as touch, smell, taste, feel and hear.  A narrative essay has a plot, characters, a problem, a climax and often uses a dialogue.

The narrative essay aims to express or share certain information, to entertain, to reveal our most personal feelings and opinions and to present the same to others.  Adjust the language to the type of the audience (classmates, a teacher, community member, etc.). Decide what is the purpose of an essay (providing information or just to tell a story).

There are 5 stages of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and publishing. In the prewriting process, choose a topic of interest and complete the prewriting process.

The thesis statement depends upon the story to be described. The thesis can be something general in the case of a narrative essay.

The brainstorming

Write a thesis statement as for any other type of essay. The thesis depends upon the story to be explained with a certain level of evidence. In the beginning,  brainstorm for a personal story or observation that illustrates or proves the thesis statement. Write an introductory paragraph from the most valuable resources in the literature on the web or books.

At the beginning of the writing process, choose a topic that inspires you or personally relates to you. Brainstorm the essay drafts. From the beginning, organize the introduction paragraph, the body paragraph, and the conclusion.

The introductory paragraph has the aim to provide the answer to the following: What is the basic idea of the story? Where is the story taking place? When is the story taking place? Who is in the story?

The hook is the first sentence of the introductory paragraph and its purpose is to highlight the thesis and grab the reader’s attention. 

The body paragraph is similar to the body of a narrative paragraph. It develops the story in the form of climax, rising action and falling action (pre and post certain events).

The concluding paragraph must summarize the main idea and reflect the thesis.

How to improve the essay

A narrative essay should simply introduce the story. It has a plot, characters, situation and a conclusion. Hence, start a narrative essay with a thesis statement then brainstorm an idea and outline the most impactful online resources. 

In addition, you may insert sayings or quotes to present an idea. Write about the lessons from your personal experience.

To improve the writing process, answer the following: Are the details clear? Or maybe I should add or take out parts? etc.