Providing enough background information without being too detailed is a fine balance, but you always want to ensure you have no gaps in the information, so your reader will not have to guess your intention.
Again, we will practise this more in Section 4.9: Purpose, Audience, Tone, and Content.
You may actually be doing this all the time; for example, when you are giving someone directions to a place or explaining how to cook something.
In the following sections of the chapter, you will practise doing this more in different expository written forms.
To understand further why you need to think beyond the five-paragraph essay, imagine you have been asked to submit a six-page paper (approximately 1,500 words).
You already know that each paragraph should be roughly 75 to 200 words long.
Many of your future academic workplace writing assignments will be expository–explaining your ideas or the significance of a concept or action.
An expository essay allows the writer the opportunity to explain his or her ideas about a topic and to provide clarity for the reader by using: Imagine you need to verbally explain a concept to your classmates, maybe a behavioural theory.
Do not include any new points in your concluding paragraph.
Later in this chapter, you will work on determining and adapting to your audience when writing, but with an expository essay, since you are defining or informing your audience on a certain topic, you need to evaluate how much your audience knows about that topic (aside from having general common knowledge).