Do not include any new points in your concluding paragraph.
Later in this chapter, you will work on determining and adapting to your audience when writing, but with an expository essay, since you are defining or informing your audience on a certain topic, you need to evaluate how much your audience knows about that topic (aside from having general common knowledge).
To understand further why you need to think beyond the five-paragraph essay, imagine you have been asked to submit a six-page paper (approximately 1,500 words).
You already know that each paragraph should be roughly 75 to 200 words long.
Although you did this verbally, you were still fulfilling the elements of an expository essay by providing definition, details, explanations, and maybe even facts if you have a really good memory.
This is the same process that you would use when you write an expository essay.
refers simply to the ways to communicate effectively through language.
As you read about these modes, keep in mind that the rhetorical mode a writer chooses depends on his or her purpose for writing.
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.