Expository Text Examples

Description Example

Some belongings are more valuable than others. For example, on one corner of my dresser I have a smiling toy clown on a tiny unicycle--a gift I received last Christmas from a close friend. The clown's physical characteristics include  short yellow hair, made of yarn, that covers its ears but is parted above the eyes. The blue eyes are outlined in black with thin, dark lashes flowing from the brows. It has cherry-red cheeks, nose, and lips, and its broad grin disappears into the wide, white ruffle around its neck. The clown wears a fluffy, two-tone nylon costume. The left side of the outfit is light blue, and the right side is red. The two colors merge in a dark line that runs down the center of the small outfit. Surrounding its ankles and disguising its long black shoes are big pink bows. The white spokes on the wheels of the unicycle gather in the center and expand to the black tire so that the wheel somewhat resembles the inner half of a grapefruit. It is not big, for instance compared to my stuffed bear, the clown and unicycle together stand about a foot high. As a cherished gift from Tran, this colorful figure is like him, a real friend, who greets me with a smile every time I enter my room.

Student Paragraphs 2014

It is a freezing, vast floating island created out of snow. the air is hazy, spewing fog, but just as quickly condensing into cold, crystal clear icicles. The ocean is a calm black, peering through a layer of thick, rugged ice. Mountains of snow dominate most of the landscape, sharp, but powdery. there are clear skies. This place is the most cold and depressing lair in the entire world.

Sequence/Process Example

Hotels and transportation on trips can be expensive if you don’t book them plenty of time in advance. When you go on a trip, first you need to think about how much money to allot for things like transportation, food, and hotels. It is important to plan your trips carefully. Planning your trip carefully will allow you to have a more relaxed trip. Another thing to plan for is how much time you want to spend sightseeing and doing different sorts of activities. Finally, even though you may want to do everything, you have to remember that there are only so many hours in the day!

Comparison Example

Work and school are very much alike in at least five ways. First, both require an early start. Going to work requires getting up early to avoid the traffic rush, and going to school also requires getting up early to be assured of a parking space. Second, promptness is important in both places. Being at work on time pleases the employer; being in class on time pleases the instructor. Third, both involve quotas. A job imposes various quotas on a worker to ensure maximum production--for example, a certain amount of boxes must be filled on an assembly line, or a designated number of calls must be made by a telephone solicitor. Likewise, school imposes quotas on a student to ensure maximum effort--for instance, a certain number of essays must be written in an English composition class or a specific number of books must be read in an American Novel course. Fourth, both work and school deadlines must be met. On the job, the boxes would have to be filled and the telephone calls made by a certain time; in a class, the essays would have to be submitted and the books read by a certain date. Finally, both work and school benefit society. Workers produce useful and entertaining items for people to use, such as refrigerators and televisions. Similarly, students prepare themselves to enter fields like medicine and law, fields which serve society. It is not surprising that work and school share these five similarities, since one of the purposes of school is to prepare a student for the job of his choice.

Compare and Contrast Example

Traveling is one of the favorite hobbies almost all people have. There are several ways for traveling around the world, and they all include some good things and some bad things. Backpacking and staying in hotels are two of the most common ways of traveling, that’s why they are used by most people. The major differences that could be discussed between these two ways of traveling are the costs, the safety of the staying, and the availability of plans.Backpacking has been used by teenagers for a long time, and it has become really famous among young people who don’t have a lot of money for traveling. By backpacking people could save a lot of money and travel with less money than what they would need for paying a hotel. As the travelers will need to sleep in a hostel, there will always be the issue of insecurity, as any kind of people could enter and sleep in a hostel. Hostels are not always available as there are a lot of people who use them, so change of plans will always be a possibility in this way of traveling. People who rely on backpacking for their trips should always have a backup plan.In contrast, hotels are one of the most comfortable ways of traveling, but only if you have enough money. This way of traveling is mostly used by families and people who are wealthy enough to pay for good hotels. By staying at a hotel people will spend more money than they would spend in a hostel; of course a hotel will provide a high level of security to the traveler. However, to stay at most hotels, you need reservations, and once you have them you can rely on a place to sleep every night. In this way of traveling no backup plan is needed.

Cause and Effect Example

Recurring headaches can have disruptive effects in a person's life. Initially, in many cases, these headaches make a person nauseous to the point that he or she must go to bed. Furthermore, sleep is often interrupted because of the pain. This results in disrupted sleep. Disrupted sleep worsens the physical and emotional state of the sufferer. For those who try to maintain a normal lifestyle, drugs are often relied on to get through the day. Such drugs, of course, can lead to other negative effects. Drugs can inhibit productivity on a job, perhaps even causing regular absences. Not only is work affected, but the seemingly unpredictable occurrence of these headaches leads to disruption in family life. The ensuing interruption to a person's family life is enormous. cancelling plans in the last minute and straining relationships with friends and family. Therefore many of these people feel discouraged and even depressed due to the cycle of misery re-occurring headaches cause.

Problem/Solution Example

In the early 1800s, the United States needed room to grow. The problem was most people lived in the East. The cities were crowded. New land was expensive. Because of this, young families couldn’t afford to buy farms. Then, as a solution, The United States government purchased land from France. The government also acquired land from mexico. Soon the country stretched all the way to the Pacific Ocean. People looked to the setting sun with outstretched arms and said, "Go West!" However, now there was a new problem: getting there. They rode in wagons or on horses, following long, dusty trails across hot plains for thousands of miles. There was no shelter. People slept in tents on the ground. they had to watch out for wild animals like wolves and snakes. The trip west could take months. The government helped solve the problem by building a railroad. It stretched from the East Coast, almost to the West Coast. It made travel faster. More people poured into the new lands, settled and called it home.