In an expository essay, you don't need to develop an argument or prove anything; you only need to understand your topic and present it in a logical manner.
A good thesis statement in an expository essay always leaves the reader wanting more details.
The following material is adapted from a handout prepared by Harry Livermore for his high school English classes at Cook High School in Adel, Georgia. See, first, Writing Introductory Paragraphs for different ways of getting your reader involved in your essay.
The introductory paragraph should also include the thesis statement, a kind of mini-outline for the paper: it tells the reader what the essay is about.
The last sentence of this paragraph must also contain a transitional "hook" which moves the reader to the first paragraph of the body of the paper.
The first paragraph of the body should contain the strongest argument, most significant example, cleverest illustration, or an obvious beginning point.These thesis statements are effective because they offer opinions that can be supported by evidence.If you are writing an argument essay, you can craft your own thesis around the structure of the statements above.The last sentence in this paragraph should include a transitional hook to tie into the third paragraph of the body.The third paragraph of the body should contain the weakest argument, weakest example, weakest illustration, or an obvious follow up to the second paragraph in the body.The last sentence of the paragraph uses the words "manipulation" and "senses" as transitional hooks.In "The Tell-Tale Heart," Poe uses the following image to describe a static scene: "His room was as black as pitch with the thick darkness . ." Poe used the words "black," "pitch," and "thick darkness" not only to show the reader the condition of the old man's room, but also to make the reader feel the darkness." In the first sentence of the second paragraph (first paragraph of the body) the words "sense" and "manipulation" are used to hook into the end of the introductory paragraph.A successful thesis statement is one that is made up of one or two sentences clearly laying out your central idea and expressing an informed, reasoned answer to your research question.Usually, the thesis statement will appear at the end of the first paragraph of your paper.The second paragraph of the body should contain the second strongest argument, second most significant example, second cleverest illustration, or an obvious follow up the first paragraph in the body.The first sentence of this paragraph should include the reverse hook which ties in with the transitional hook at the end of the first paragraph of the body.