ZMr. Zobel

Mr. Neil Zobel, English Teacher
Wenatchee High School, 1101 Millerdale, Wenatcheee, Washington
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July 27, 2009  updated
Expos Paragraph
 

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blinking bullet  In an expository paragraph you give information. You explain a subject, give directions, or show how something happens. In expository writing, linking words like first, second, then, and finally are usually used to help readers follow the ideas (except for our purposes those words cannot be used).

blinking bullet  This paragraph, like the others, organizes itself around three parts. A topic sentence allows the reader to understand what you are writing about. The middle part of the paragraph contains sentences that follow one another in a logical sequence of steps. The final sentence closes your subject with an emphasis on the final product or process desired by the topic.

 
 

Rubric Concepts

Traits: Organization, Content and Ideas

Literature: The teacher will select two stories to compare and contrast:

   "The Struggle to be an All-American Girl" by Elizabeth Wong (344)

   "Choice: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King" by Alilce Walker (367)

   "Homeless" by Anna Quindlen (461)

   "Misspelling" by Charles Kurault (469)

Focus Areas: Simile, Metaphor, Imagery, Descriptive Details, Mood, Consistent Tense (third person), and Present Tense Active Verbs.

 

Key word EXPLAIN

         
 
Explaining a Process
 
Explaining a Concept
 
 

     Chocolate cake with vanilla/almond frosting provides a tasty treat for any occasion. Follow the directions for making any flavor of chocolate cake. While the cake bakes in the oven, prepare a box of vanilla frosting mix added with roasted and buttered almond slivers. Evenly coated in melted butter the almond slivers toast in a hot skillt for approximately ten minutes. Thoroughly toast the slivers without turning them crispy. Cool the toasted almonds and set aside a handful for the final touch. Fold the almonds into the vanilla frosting, and after covering the cake, sprinkle a handful of toasted almonds on the top. After serving this desert to your guests theny generally ask for the receipe of your chocolate/vanilla/almond cake. Now you have the opportunity to smile and...

      Integrity. The word evokes the wonder of whether or not our society deserves its value. With constant whining about one's "rights" there exists the denial of personal responsibility and the accompanying lowering of personal worth. Where, then, are the individuals who will stand up to the demands of family unity, a strong work ethic, and a wholesome participation in the societal framework? These very demanding environments cry out for mature behavior in everyone, youth as well as adults. It is when each individual accepts responsibility for truth, honesty, and a job-well-done that integrity, once again, emerges as a pillar of our national pride.  
         
 
Explaining a Relationship
 
Explaining How Something Works
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Transition and Linking Words PDF Document Link

 
 

COMMON LINKING WORDS / PHRASES

* = Please refrain from using these terms

 
 
To show location:

above

across

against

along

among

around

away from

behind

below

beneath

beside

betwen

beyond

by

down

in back of

in front of

inside

into

near

off

onto

on top of

outside

over

throughout

to the right

under

To show time:

about

after

at

before

during

first *

second *

third *

till

until

meanwhile

today

tomorrow

next week

yesterday

soon *

later *

afterward

immediately

finally

then *

next *

as soon as

when

To compare things:

in the same way

similarly

likewise

like

as

also

To contrast things:

but

on the other hand

otherwise

however

although

yet

even though

still

To emphasize a point:

for this reason

to emphasize

again

to repeat

truly

in fact

To conclude or summarize:

as a result

therefore

finally *

last / lastly *

to sum up *

all in all

in conclusion *

in summary *

To add information:

again

also

additionally

equally important

in addition

another

and

besides

for example

for instance

moreover

next *

likewise

finally *

as well

along with

To clarify:

in other words

put another way for instance that is

* = Please refrain from using these commonly overused transition words.