Transcript of How to Write an Illustration/Exemplification Essay
What is an Exemplification essay?
Exemplification is a mode of writing that uses examples to show, to explain, to clarify, or to prove a point.
Steps for writing an Exemplification essay:
1. Make a point!
2. Give enough detailed and specific examples to show, to explain, or to prove your point.
3. Don't forget to analyze them!!! You need to tell the reader what to do with your examples.
Giving examples is a key step in writing an exemplification essay
Use a variety of specific, detailed examples that appeal to your readers and helps them understand your main point.
Effective examples add vitality to your writing and make your essay stand out.
There are three different types of examples that one could use!
Brief & Extended
TWO TYPES OF BRIEF EXAMPLES:
These examples appear rather frequently within the essay, and they usually function as concrete examples of straightforward ideas.
Quick List: No real explanation, just ideas.
Semi-detailed: Examples with a sentence or two of explanation.
These examples contain more detail. Such detail is needed because extended
examples function as concrete illustrations of ideas that are too complex to be made clear by a brief example.
Why We Use Examples:
To persuade skeptical readers who are reluctant to accept your viewpoint
To show a causal relationship
To be more interesting and take the reader beyond a telling statement
Help to explain or clarify an abstraction
To avoid unintended ambiguity
Can we use personal experience examples?
You can take them from your own life
They lend personal authority
They can create drama
Effective Examples Should:
Be relevant and have direct bearing on the subject.
(esp. when using facts, figures, statistics)
Avoid sweeping generalizations at all costs, for they do not convince readers (stereotypes)...