Ch 9: Expository Writing Techniques

About This Chapter

Examine these lessons as you brush up on expository writing techniques. Get a better grasp on related writing and research skills by taking a closer look at the key terms defined in the transcripts.

Expository Writing Techniques - Chapter Summary

There are many different types of writing, and each type involves a different set of rules. Expository writing is no exception, and if you wish to go over the techniques for this style of writing, then this chapter was designed with you in mind. Lessons cover the definition of primary and secondary sources, the use of reference materials, and how to avoid plagiarism by citing sources. When you complete this chapter, you will also have the knowledge to:

  • Explain how to quote, summarizing and paraphrase research
  • Outline how to write an informative essay
  • Discuss organizational patterns for writing
  • Provide the purpose of research questions
  • Describe how to choose questions to broaden a research project
  • Define and give examples of supporting details
  • Assess the reliability and validity of sources

Our video lessons incorporate fun animations, graphics, and other visual aids to keep you fully engaged with the material. Each lesson is jam-packed with information, but in bite-size pieces that you can cover in 5-10 minutes. Fit the lessons into your study schedule wherever you can, and before you know it you'll have completed a full chapter.

12 Lessons in Chapter 9: Expository Writing Techniques
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How to Write an Informative Essay

1. How to Write an Informative Essay

Many struggle with writing an essay. Where do you begin? What do you include? This lesson describes a step-by-step process for writing an informative essay.

Organizational Patterns for Writing: Purpose and Types

2. Organizational Patterns for Writing: Purpose and Types

Ever read a piece of writing and simply not understand the message? Knowing the structure of the writing will often help you understand it. Watch this video lesson to learn about structure of writing.

Selecting & Refining a Research Topic

3. Selecting & Refining a Research Topic

Ever struggle to choose a topic for a research project? This lesson gives a simple five-step process to not only choosing a topic but refining it to an appropriate focus.

Writing Research Questions: Purpose & Examples

4. Writing Research Questions: Purpose & Examples

What is a research question, and why is it important to get it right? This lesson will explore one way to write a research question, which guides a researcher in designing his or her experiment.

Choose More Questions to Broaden a Research Project

5. Choose More Questions to Broaden a Research Project

You have created a research project. Now that you are finished, what type of extension questions can you create to broaden your topic? This video lesson will answer that question and help you extend your research project.

Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

6. Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

Find out what supporting details are and their role in essay writing. Learn the different ways to include supporting details, then take a quiz to test your new skills.

What is a Primary Source? - Definition & Examples

7. What is a Primary Source? - Definition & Examples

Let's explore primary sources. In this lesson, learn about first hand materials as primary sources. And then, begin to analyze and determine if a document, information, or object is a primary source.

Secondary Source: Definition & Examples

8. Secondary Source: Definition & Examples

What are secondary sources? Read this lesson to learn about these materials. You'll also find out how to determine whether or not a source is secondary.

Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Sources

9. Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Sources

In the business world, any research material must have support that can provide validity and reliability. The support must be credible and have documentation to show that it is well-researched, professional, peer-reviewed and recent.

How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

10. How to Use Reference Material in Your Writing

When it comes to writing an essay or a vast array of other academic writing projects, you will often have to refer to the works of others. This video will teach you the skills to use reference materials in your writing.

Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

11. Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research

Quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing are three important skills to master for writing in the academic and business world. These skills will help support claims and add credibility to your work.

How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

12. How to Avoid Plagiarism: When to Cite Sources

Plagiarism is a very serious matter in both academia and professional writing. Plagiarism in an academic setting can lead to you failing a course or being removed from school completely. Plagiarism in professional writing can lead to being fired from a job or finding yourself in court being sued. Let's figure out how to avoid this issue!

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