For example, if you are describing a process, you may use chronological order to show the definite time order in which the steps need to happen.
You will learn about the different ways to organize your body paragraphs in the next chapter.
As you will see in Section 4.5: Classification, some essay forms may require even more than five paragraphs or sections because of how many points are necessary to address. For the rest of this chapter, the term paragraph will also imply section.
Sections of an Expository Essay An expository essay, regardless of its purpose, should have at least five sections, which are: Introduction First body section/paragraph Second body section/paragraph Third body section/paragraph Conclusion.
You want to make sure you are giving thorough, comprehensive, and clear explanations on the topic.
Never assume the reader knows everything about your topic (even if it is covered in the reader’s field of study).
Sections versus Paragraphs Before looking at the general structure of an expository essay, you first need to know that in your post-secondary education, you should not consider your essay as writing being constructed with five paragraphs as you might have been used to in high school.
You should instead think of your essay in terms of sections (there may be five), and each section may have multiple paragraphs.
Your paragraphs should be two-third of a page at most, and never longer than a page.
Instead, if you think of your essays being divided into sections (with possibly more than one paragraph per section), your writing will likely be more organized and allow your reader to follow your presentation of ideas without creating too much distance between your paragraph’s supporting points and its topic sentence.