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Expository
 Process

What are the parts of your paper?

The Narrative process has several parts to it. The parts are listed as follows.


  1. Analyzing the prompt
  2. Circle Map
  3. One Sided Multi Flow Map
  4. Kernel Essay
  5. Revise/Edit Kernel essay
  6. Rough Draft
  7. Publish your final masterpiece

Each one of these parts play a very special function in the writing of your expository paper. Look at what each part entails and then let's practice how to write a expository piece to freeze the moment when something happened in your life. 

What is the purpose of a Expository Piece?

The purpose of writing an Expository Essay is to explain the "why" of something. Your job is to engage the reader through the use of different techniques and allow the reader to see why you chose what you chose by providing reasons that are well developed.

Parts of the EXPOSITORY Process Detailed

1. Analyzing the Prompt

Analyzing the Prompt


During this part of the Expository Process you will be given a prompt and you will be asked to find out two things


  1. What experience do they want you to write about?
  2. How did this experience change your life?

What to look for
You will have to look at:
  1. the picture - This is used to make sure you start remembering something about your life that is similar to what they are asking you to remember.
  2. the prompt - This is where they get more specific and ask you to write about a specific time in your life.
  3. the things they want you to remember to have in your paper - This is the part where they want to make sure what you are writing makes sense. This is where you will make sure you apply your revising and editing skills. 

What do I do here?
There are four things that you will need to analyze during this step.

  1. The Title - you will have to look at the title and see what they want you to write about. Here is where they will tell you if you need to write a Narrative or an Expository. This is extremely important because it will determine what steps you will take to write your paper. YOU DO NOT WRITE A NARRATIVE AND AN EXPOSITORY PROMPT THE SAME WAY!! :)

  • The Box - You will have to look at the box and ask yourself, "what are they wanting me to remember?What are they telling me in this box?" You will then have to write down next to the box the things that come to mind when you read what the box says. This will help you to be more specific about your writing.
  • The Prompt - You will have to read the prompt to find out what they want you to write more specifically. You need to make sure that you pay close attention to see what they want you to chose and what they want you to explain.
  • The "Be Sure To" - The reader wants to make sure that you do the best when it comes to writing your essay. To make sure you do your best, they have provided you with a checklist that will guide you in your writing. Take advantage of this and make sure you include EVERYTHING they are looking for from making sure you are writing about what you choose and the reasons you give to explain why you chose that, to making sure it sounds good by revising your essay, to making sure your punctuation is correct, to making sure it's evident that you took your time to carefully plan this essay

2. The Circle Map

Circle Map


During this process you will need to choose what you will be writing about.


What do I look for?


You will need to look for  a CIRCLE MAP that consists of two circles. In these circles you will write as many ideas as you can to fill in the circle map.  


You will have look for three things in this step:

  • Write down and narrow it down to at least 3 ideas - This will allow you to have several options to choose from. If one idea is too hard to write about, simply eliminate it and move on to the next one.
  • have a "Jerk Talk" Section ready - This is the section where you will need to answer one of three questions to make sure you make a personal connection to your life.
  • Choose ONE idea to write your personal experience about. - You will then end up with one.



Macaroni is my favorite food because it reminds me of my grandma and I loved her very much. 

What do I do here?

You will need to do three things here

The Circle Map - You first have to draw a circle map as you see on the left side. In the middle you will add your topic. A topic is what they want you to write about. For example, your favorite food, or the event that surprised you the most or the when you accomplished something. The donut  part will be used to write down as many ideas that are RELATED to the topic they want you to write about.

The Ideas Part - You will next have to write down as many ideas as you can. In the example on the left you see that the student was asked to write about their favorite smell. They have named many different smells and in this case added a picture to better see the ideas they have chosen. They will next choose 3 ideas they like best and move on to the next step.

The "So What Who Cares?" Part - In this next step you will have to do what is called "Jerk Talk". You will have to answer one of the following three questions. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ANSWER ALL 3 QUESTIONS, ONLY 1. Which ever one is easiest. 


  1. Why is this topic important to you?
  2. Did you learn a lesson from this?
  3. Did your world change?

You will use this step to make your personal connection to the essay. IF YOU SKIP THIS STEP, YOU WILL HAVE A LOT OF TROUBLE AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WRITE YOUR CONCLUSION.

3. One Side Multi-Flow Map

One sided multi-flow map


During this process you will need to choose the reasons why you chose the idea you did.


What do I look for?


You will need to look for  Box  that consists of five boxes to the right. In these boxes you will write as many reasons as you can to fill in the one sided multi-flow map.  




You will have Do the following things during this step:

  • Write in a complete sentence the Idea you chose make sure you include the prompt topic and the idea. 
  • You will write a minimum of 5 reasons in the small rectangles. This will allow you to have several options to choose from. If one idea is too hard to write about, simply eliminate it and move on to the next one.
  • After you write them down, group them together to make sure your reasons are not all the same.
  • Choose THREE reasons to explain why you chose your idea. These are the three reasons you will use in your kernel essay.

 
 

4. Kernel Essay

Choose one of the following kernel essay formats to fill in. We have worked with both types of formats in our classroom. They both contain the same information but look different to help us understand them better. Pick which ever one is easier for you to follow.

Kernel Essay


You will use the kernel essay to know exactly what you will be talking about. A lot can happen in a day and this map will help you really know what time or moment you will be writing about. 


What do I look for?


Make sure you have your Idea at the very top (the one you chose from the circle map). Also, make sure you fill in your answer in the blanks.


You will then have a better understanding of what it is exactly that you will be writing about. This will make sure that you don't write about all the knowledge you have, but instead about a specific idea and reasons. 
 

Now you need to put it all together in these next steps. You will complete steps 5-7  After you have finished your revising and editing of your kernel essay, you will need to copy the rough draft in the next page. This is where you write your essay with all the corrections included.

5. Revise and Edit your "Kernel Essay"

You now need to read your kernel essay and see what edits such as capitalization, punctuation, word usage or spelling you need to do so it will look better. After you have done that, you need to make sure it sounds good by revising your kernel essay and if you need to, you will have to add a word or sentence, remove a word or sentence, move a few words or sentences or substitute words or sentences so it will sound better and make sense. 
 

6. Write your Rough Draft

After you have finished your revising and editing of your kernel essay, you will need to copy the rough draft in the next page. This is where you write your essay with all the corrections included.

7. Publish your Piece

After you read your rough draft one last time and it sounds "perfect" to you. Continue to finish your masterpiece by writing it on the lined paper provided. Remember, you only have 26 lines to write your essay so make sure that you plan carefully.