The Academic Expository Essay

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The Academic Expository Essay
The academic expository essay is a genre of essay that requires the student to investigate an idea, evaluate evidence, talk about the idea, and present an argument concerning that idea in a clear and concise manner. This can be accomplished through: 1. Cause and effect 2. Comparison and contrast 3. Argumentation and various other genres.
Please note: Academic essays of cause and effect, comparison and contrast and argumentation are commonly assigned as a tool for classroom evaluation and is often found in various exam formats.

The Five-Paragraph Essay
A common method for writing an academic expository essay is the five-paragraph approach. This is, however, not the only formula for but many
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So, higher oil prices produce higher gasoline prices raising the cost of shipping goods. Higher oil prices produce higher jet fuel costs raising the cost of travel, and so on. "Higher oil prices" is the cause, and increased shipping costs and travel expenses are among the effects.

Writing tasks involving cause and effect analysis usually take one of the following forms: * explaining how a known/given cause produces a specific effect or effects (not given) * this essay will present the various effects (not given in question) of unhealthy eating habits (given in question) on children.
Questions are often worded in the following ways: What are some implications of...How does...affect...What are the effects of...Present specific results of...List at least 3 repercussions of... |

* explaining how a specific effect (given/known) is produced by a specific cause or causes (not given) * this essay lists the three most significant causes (not given in question) for the high failure rate among students at varsity level (given in question).
Questions are often worded in the following ways: What has brought about the occurrence of ...What are some of the factors that have lead to...What are the causes of...What are the reasons behind... |

Comparing and Contrasting Essays
Academic writing tasks also require analysis of similarities and differences between
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