About the Expository Essay

We discussed ways to develop an expository essay in my classes today. Here’s a recap:

  • An expository essay explains something, describes a process, or compares two somethings.
  • An expository essay is similar to an argumentative essay EXCEPT that it does not take a position. It presents facts.
  • Expository writing, therefore, is an excellent format for analysis and providing information without an obvious slant. For example, one could write an essay that contrasted the differences between candidates Trump and Clinton on the issues of immigration, foreign policy, and terrorism without recommending one candidate over the other.

If you can’t think of a topic, I’ve borrowed a list of nearly 50 topics from ThoughtCo. for you to browse through. If none of these appeal to you, head on over to ProCon and choose a topic from those. Remember: you’re not making an argument, you’re explaining the differences.

Remember, your essay is due this Friday, February 16.

  • Times New Roman, 12 pt font
  • Double spaced
  • Name, period, and date in the upper left corner
  • Handwritten copy is fine, but it must be legible.
  • Detail is everything!

Expository Topics

  1. Explain why some teens commit suicide.
  2. Explain how music affects your life.
  3. Describe some nonmaterial things that make you happy.
  4. Explain the impact of different music genres on society.
  5. Explain why students listen to a particular type of music.
  6. Explain why some teens skip school.
  7. Explain the likely consequences of skipping school.
  8. Describe the likely consequences of doing poorly in school.
  9. Explain why teens do drugs.
  10. Describe the likely consequences of selling drugs.
  11. Describe the likely consequences of taking drugs.
  12. Explain why teens smoke cigarettes.
  13. Explain the likely consequences of being kicked out of school.
  14. Explain the likely consequences of skipping classes.
  15. Explain the likely reasons brothers and sisters constantly fight.
  16. Explain why teens wear makeup.
  17. Explain the consequences of having alcohol on the school campus.
  18. Explain the likely consequences of increasing the time between classes from five to 15 minutes.
  19. Explain why some teens join gangs.
  20. Explain the difficulties some teens have once they are in gangs.
  21. Explain how life for a teenager changes once she has a baby.
  22. Explain why you should or should not laugh at embarrassing moments.
  23. Explain why it is helpful to organize your materials and activities.
  24. Explain why your school work is important.
  25. Describe the ways you help out at home.
  26. Explain the likely consequences of abolishing capital punishment.
  27. Explain the consequences of adopting a pass/fail grading system.
  28. Explain the likely consequences of enforcing an 11:00 p.m. curfew.
  29. Explain why some teenagers dislike saying the pledge to the flag.
  30. Explain why some schools don’t have open lunch policies.
  31. Explain why teenagers are materialistic.
  32. Explain why some teens get jobs.
  33. Explain the consequences of having a job while in high school.
  34. Explain the likely consequences of dropping out of school.
  35. Describe some productive ways students can spend their leisure time.
  36. Explain why dealing with their parents’ divorce can be difficult for many teens.
  37. Explain why teens love their parents even when family situations are difficult.
  38. Describe the things that bring you the greatest happiness.
  39. Describe three things you would like to change the world and explain why you would change them.
  40. Explain why you prefer living in an apartment (or house).
  41. Describe three objects that symbolize our culture and explain why you selected them.
  42. Explain why you are interested in a particular career.
  43. Explain the likely consequences of requiring students to wear school uniforms.

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