The Expository Feature: Wow! You Need to Know This!

[Adapted from The Five Paragraph Essay at and News Day at]

Expository features serve to clarify and/or expound a topic. They require that the writer give information, explain the topic or define something. To accomplish that, they are best developed by the use of facts and statistical information, cause and effect relationships, and examples. They are, in a sense, exposés: the writer exposes the truth. Since they are factual, they are written without emotion and usually written in the third person. [That means that the use of the pronoun "I" is not usually found within the writing.] While an expository feature is written without emotion, a successful expository feature will evoke emotions from the reader such as shock, outrage, joy, sadness, amazement, etc. These stories:

  1. explain a topic, situation, or event
  2. offer factual details and analysis to create awareness in the reader
  3. do not seek to persuade or influence, but they offer information to the reader to make up their own mind

Expository Features also have a distinct three part format.