Expository writing Goal: Characteristics: Expository writing seeks to inform, explain, clarify, define or instruct. The general characteristics of expository writing include: Uses: Exercises: focus on main topic logical supporting facts details, explanations, and examples strong organization clarity unity and coherence logical order smooth transitions Expository writing appears in and is not limited to letters, newsletters, definitions, instructions, guidebooks, catalogues, newspaper articles, magazine articles, manuals, pamphlets, reports and research papers. Write a story about a trip you are going to take and what friend you want to take with you. Explain why this friend would be the best person to go with you. Describe the cause and effects of pollution in the environment. Narrow your topic to one form of pollution, such as something that causes air, water or land pollution. Explain the process of baking a birthday cake. Find an example of expository writing; explain the elements that make this a good example.