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Analytical/Expository (response to nonfiction): Writing Resources

The goal of Expository Writing is to explain things. Giving directions, retelling matter-of-fact events, or describing how something is done are all examples of expositiory writing. It is found everywhere we look, from the cooking directions on a soup can to the world's events in the daily newspaper.

Continue to Expository Journal Prompts

 

Callifornia Writing Standard 2.3:

Write expository compositions, including analytical essays and research reports.


California Listening & Speaking Standard 2.2:

Deliver expository presentations

Objectives

a. Marshal evidence in support of a thesis and related claims, including information on all relevant perspectives.
b. Convey information and ideas from primary and secondary sources accurately and coherently.
c. Make distinctions between the relative value and significance of specific data, facts, and ideas.
d. Include visual aids by employing appropriate technology to organize and record information on charts, maps, and graphs.
e. Anticipate and address readers' potential misunderstandings, biases, and expectations.
f. Use technical terms and notations accurately.

Materials (prepared by Jan Sanchez, Bob Leadbetter, & Richard Cartoni):

All About Anxiety (article)

Lesson Plan

Study Questions

Bedbugs Are Back (article)

Lesson Plan & Quiz

Cheerleaders (article)

Lesson Plan & Quiz

Goodbye California (article)

Lesson Plan & Quiz

How to Make Homework Less Work (article)

Lesson Plan & Quiz

Elective Schools (reading) Electric Cars (reading)

Employee Training Manual (reading)

Questions

Falconry (Reading)  
The Story of Muhammad Ali (packet) Jackie Robinson (packet)

Koko the Gorilla (packet)

The Marathon (packet)  

Additional Materials (adapted by Liz Daniell from The New York Times: Daily Lesson Plans):

For each essay, please use the CAHSEE rubric (download as a pdf)

Mr. Cartoni's Essay: Peer Evaluation (download as a doc)

Week 1

"Queen of Africa"

Essay: Do you think Ellen Johnson’s Sirleaf will face more or less challenges as leader of Liberia than a male leader might?

Article

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Week 2

"Horrific Hiccups"

Essay: What old wives’ tales and superstitions do you really believe and practice, and why?

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Week 3

"Olympic Skier"

Essay: Would having those burdens be worth it to you if you were well-known for something?

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Final Draft

Week 4

"South Africa"

Essay: Do you think the international community could have done more to bring about the end of apartheid before the early 1990’s?

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Week 5

"New Gadgets for 2006"

Essay: How do frequent technology innovations impact everyday consumers?

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Week 6

"Wikipedia"

Essay: “The Internet has done a lot more for truth by making things easier to discuss. Transparency and sunlight are better than a single point of view that can’t be questioned.” Write an essay in which you support or refute Dyson’s claim.

 

Article Study Questions

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CAHSEE Expository materials (created by Bob Leadbetter)


More resources coming soon!

 

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