Organizational Patterns for Expository Writing


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What does expository writing aim to do?

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1. Which organizational pattern would you use in an essay to explain why the Revolutionary War began and the consequences of the war?

2. Which organizational pattern for expository writing focuses on the most significant idea first, followed by the lesser significant ideas?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

If you are interested in checking your knowledge of the organization of expository writing, take this fun and interactive quiz. Multiple-choice questions test your ability to define these concepts and determine the best organizational patterns to use when writing about specific topics. To pass, choose the best answer of four available with each question.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessment tools can gauge your knowledge of the following:

  • Purpose of expository writing
  • Organizational pattern that relates to chronological order
  • How to choose the right organizational patterns for expository writing
  • Organizational pattern that focuses on the most significant idea first

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the purpose of expository writing
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the characteristics of organizational patterns for expository writing
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge of organizational patterns to correctly identify the appropriate patterns to use when writing specific texts

Additional Learning

The lesson accompanying this quiz and worksheet is called Organizational Patterns for Expository Writing. Review this lesson to learn about the following:

  • Why it's important for readers to recognize organizational patterns
  • How to effectively use the cause and effect pattern
  • Topics that can fit into the sequence pattern of writing
  • Texts that most commonly use the order of importance pattern
  • When the compare-and-contrast pattern is commonly used
  • How the problem solving pattern can be used