8. Expository Essay

In the Expository Essay (1000-1200 words), which this is, you will be taking a situation and making a claim one way or the other. You will base your claim on your personal observations and opinions, and you WILL NOT USE THE FIRST PERSON. If you have previously written an essay on one of these topics for a class at any level, you may not write about it again. It will have been submitted to Turnitin, and it will turn up as plagiarism. No research. You may choose between the following three options for your essay:

1. Louisiana College should/should not require 50 hours of volunteer work in order to graduate.
To my knowledge, Louisiana College does not require this. However, you can construct a clear position based on your experience with volunteer work or on what you have observed. Imagine how it might be beneficial to students to develop themselves as community members, or perhaps you might argue that the academic and spiritual obligations of college leave little room for community service. Either way, choose a position and defend it.

2. High schools should/should not require 40 hours of community service in order to graduate.
Again, choose a position and support it using your experience and what you have observed. You might consider your own experience to this point, or you might know someone whose experience you could use as an example. Community service excludes some volunteer work — it would not include church work, for example, or volunteer work done for a private business. It would include exclusively work that is done to benefit the community at large.

3. Public schools should/should not require students to wear uniforms.
As you have all recently had some experience with high school, you can draw upon your memories of dress codes and requirements in order to argue for or against this topic.

The structure for this essay will be as follows:

  • I. Introductory paragraph
    • will provide context and background information about the topic; thesis statement will be the last sentence
  • II. Subclaim #1
    • will state and explain the first reason why you claim your thesis is true; give examples
  • III. Subclaim #2
    • will state and explain the second reason why you claim your thesis is true; give examples
  • IV. Subclaim #3
    • will state and explain the third reason why you claim your thesis is true; give examples
  • V. Conclusion
    • will restate thesis and subclaims and make recommendations