Evans – Expository Essay Vocabulary Words Flashcard

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Thesis Statement (Focus Statement)
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A sentence that gives the main idea of the essay.
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Closing Sentence
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Comes after all the details in the body. It will often restate the topic, give the reader something to think about, or provide a transition to the following paragraph.
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Expository Essay
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Writing that explains things.
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Beginning Paragraph
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This sentence gets the reader’s attention and identifies the topic and focus of the paper.
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Passive Voice
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A verb is passive if the subject of the sentence is doing the action. Example: The panther was attacked by the alligator. (The panther receives the action)
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Active Voice
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The verb is active if the subject of the sentence is doing the action. Example: The alligator attacks the panther. (The alligator is doing the action.
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Topic Sentence
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A sentence that tells the reader what your how-to paragraph will be about. It names the topic and states your feelings about it.
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Transitions
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Words used to connect one sentence to another sentence or one paragraph to another within a longer essay or report.
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Outline
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One way to plan your report is to make an outline. An outline is simply an organized list of ideas. A topic outline lists ideas as words or phrases; a sentence outline lists the ideas as full sentences.
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Supporting Details
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Facts or ideas used to tell a story, explain a topic, describe something, or prove a point.

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