Expository Essay Draft
Write a 750-1000 word essay about a topic of your choice in the style described within Unit VI and VII.
Purpose: Throughout Units VI and VII, we have discussed the conventions of the expository essay. The purpose of this assignment is to measure your mastery of those conventions by putting your knowledge to practice. As we discussed in Unit VI, Lesson 1, the expository essay is a general term for an essay that expounds upon or explains a topic. The objective of the essay is to convey information to the reader; most importantly, an expository essay is an exploration of a topic, and the tone is explanatory. After choosing your topic, you will need to choose the form that is most appropriate to fit the topic: cause and effect, problem and solution, or sequential. A thesis statement, which contains the paper’s argument, will be appropriate to the form you choose.
Process: For the expository essay, you will complete the following steps:
Choose a topic: See Unit VI, Lesson 2, for more information about choosing a topic.
Create a plan of action: See Unit VI, Lesson 3, for strategies for assessing what you already know and assessing what you need to know.
Research the topic: See Unit VI, Lesson 4, for instruction on research methods.
Choose the organization of your essay: Choose between cause and effect, problem and solution, or sequential organization types. See Unit VI, Lesson 1, for a list of the three organizational forms, and see Unit VII, Lesson 1, for a description of thesis statements written according to the organizational form of the essay.
Create a thesis statement: See Unit VII, Lesson 1, for a description of thesis statements written according to the organizational form of the essay.
Draft the essay: See Unit VII, Lesson 1, for keeping brainstorming in mind and Unit VII, Lesson 2, for more on the drafting process and description of each essay section.
Stylistic details: All essays must meet the following requirements:
Write in Times New Roman, 12-point font.
Include one-inch margins on all sides.
Use double spacing (top-to-bottom every page, to include above and below titles and centered words).
Include an APA title page (for all essays) and reference list that includes all of the sources used in the essay.
Include page numbers (upper-right corner only).
Adhere to APA convention and documentation style.
At least one source is required. All sources used must be cited.
The following document will assist you in creating this assignment:
Instructions Expository Essay Draft Write a 750-1000 word essay about a topic of your choice in the style described within Unit VI and VII. Purpose: Throughout Units VI and VII, we have discussed the
1 Good Clean Fun: Grooming the Samoyed Dog Student Name Columbia Southern University Course Name Instructor Name Date EH 1010 EXPOSITORY ESSAY SEQUENTIAL EXPOSITORY ESSAYS The expository essay is a paper that explains a topic. The goal of the expository essay is to research and explore a topic, then to deliver the information in an organized way to the reader. This can be done in four different forms: Cause/effect, comparati ve, problem/solution, and sequential. SEQUENTIAL ESSAYS Sequential essays explain a topic or a process by putting the essential information in a certain order. The sequential essay uses this organization style to clearly describe how something happened or how to perform a task. This sample paper illustrates the form of a sequential essay and provides additional instruction on several points. For more information about drafting an essay, please view the Essay Writing tutorial. APA 7 th edition allows for a variety of different font choices for papers. Options include Times New Roman (size 12), Calibri (size 11), Arial (size 11), Lucida Sans Unicode (size 10), and Georgia (size 11). This example paper is written in Times New Roman, size 12. The same font and font size should be used throughout the entire paper. 2 Good Clean Fun: Grooming the Samoyed Dog Considered one of the most ancient dog breeds, the Samoyed can be traced back to around 1000 B.C. (Peña, 2016). These beautiful dogs were selectively bred by the nomadic Samoyede people to serve both as companions and workers, resulting in a sweet, affectionate disposition with high energy levels. One of the breed’s most important roles among the Samoyede people was to sleep with their humans and keep them warm in the freezing Sib erian nights (Samoyed Club of America [SCA], n.d.). The Samoyed’s double coat and affectionate nature were perfectly suited for this task. The modern Samoyed dog no longer needs to keeps its humans warm, but the thick white coat remains the trademark featu re of the breed. The eager, loving temperament of these dogs paired with their gorgeous fur makes them a very appealing pet. However, many first -time owners are not properly prepared for the amount of upkeep that those glorious white coats require. Samoyed s need to be brushed daily, but a more intensive grooming session should be performed around once a month for good hygiene (Schnepel, 2019). An effective method for grooming a Samoyed begins with a preliminary brushing and trimming followed by a bath with a good whitening shampoo, and should finish by blow drying the coat. The Samoyed’s dense fur can easily conceal a number of sanitary problems even with regular maintenance, and these must be identified and handled befo re the dog can be given a bath. Mats are the most common issue that a Samoyed owner will run into during a detailed grooming. The dog should be brushed first with a fine -tooth comb to catch loose dirt in the undercoat and help find any problem spots (SCA, n.d.). Then, the owner can attempt to untangle any mats or carefully cut them out of the fur. Once any mats are removed, a rake brush should be The thesis statement for a sequential expository essay should tell the reader what the steps of the process are. Keep in mind that these steps should be simplified here; save the details for the paragraphs to come. The thesis statement should be the last sentence in the introduction . The introduction (the first paragraph of the paper) serves to attract the reader’s attention and introduce the main idea. Narrowing the scope of the paper from an interesti ng fact or idea is a good way to deliver background information and earn the reader’s interest. Notice that every sentence in this introduction serves to move the discussion from a general fact (the dog breed is ancient) towards the main topic (how to groo m the dog). 3 used to pick up any loose fur from the undercoat. Popular de -shedding brushes like the Furminator should be avoi ded, as these cause damage to the outer guard hairs and can result in a rougher texture (Schnepel, 2019). This step is essential because bathing a Samoyed with a loose undercoat can result in more matted fur. After a thorough pre -bath brushing, the owner should trim fur that has grown too long. Samoyeds should never be shaved or tri mmed past the outer guard hairs. This is because their thick double coat regulates their body temperature, even in heat, and protects their pink skin from the sun ; a shaved coat can quickly become a health concern (SCA, n.d.). Many Samoyed owners do opt for a sanitary trim, where the fur is cut shorter und er the tail and along the legs. Keeping the fur shorter in these areas helps to cut down on the time spent on daily coat maintenance. Samoyeds also grow long hair between their paw pads; this should be brushed out and then trimmed level with the pads. Allowing this to grow too long can cause the fur to mat and collect painful rocks or spurs (SCA, n.d.). Any fur deeper between the pads should be left alone to avoid causing injury to the dog’s feet. Trimming the fur at home is a delicate procedure that re quires a steady hand , especially with an excitable dog , and great care should be taken to avoid nicking the skin. A good haircut is important for keeping th e Samoyed c omfortable and helps to ensure long -lasting cleanliness from the bath. Use illustration sentences to give add itional information about completing the step using an example or facts. The explanation sentence helps the reader understand why the illustration sentence is important. Here, the illustration sentence comes first and is outlined in gold , while the explana tion sentence comes after and is outlined in gray . The concluding sentence should be the last sentence in each body paragraph. This sentence will help to reiterate the most important ideas presented in the paragraph and can also be used to transition into the next paragraph. In this concluding sentence, the au thor reiterates that trimming keeps the dog comfortable, but also suggests that it improves the effects of the bath, which is the topic of the next paragraph. The point sentence directly calls back to the thesis. For example, this paragraph’s first sentence refers to the second step in the process that the thesis statement outlines – trimming. 4 Once the dog has been brushed and trimmed, its coat should be in prime condition for a bath. Bathing a Samoyed is much like bathing any other dog; the biggest difference is that a high -quality shampoo should be used to promote a bright white, soft coat. Wh itening shampoos are the most popular choice for Samoyeds, but hypoallergenic shampoos are a better option if the dog is going to be bathed more frequently (BarkSpace, 2018 ). The dense undercoat of the Samoyed also takes longer to saturate due to its water -resistant properties, so it is important to make sure the dog’s coat is wet through before shampooing. The shampoo should then be massaged through the fur. Whitening shampoo does not create much of a lather, but its typical blue color should easily show w here it has been applied. Like all dogs, the Samoyed’s eyes, nose, and ears should be avoided; the owner should carefully apply the shampoo around them, then massage back and away from these sensitive spots. A similarly gentle method should be followed whe n rinsing the dog’s face. Because of the blue color of the shampoo, it is extremely important to rinse thoroughly. Leftover shampoo will temporarily stain the dog’s white coat if it is accidentally missed and dried (SCA, n.d.). After being bathed , it is critical to make sure that the Samoyed is moved quickly to a small, clean area for the drying process. Samoyed fur picks up dirt and debris easily when dry, but even more so when wet. Because their coats are so dense, Samoyeds need to be blow dried after baths to prevent matting and mildewing (Schnepel, 2019). This can be accomplished quickly with a high -velocity pet dryer, but a regular hairdryer set to cool will work as well. Dogs can easily get impatient during this step, so this is another time when rewarding good behavior is key. The thickness of the fur can make it difficult to determine when the hair is completely dry; a good indicator is whether a section of hair blows all in one direction or scatters under the blow dryer. Once the hair scatt ers in all directions, that section of the coat is completely dry (Schnepel, Transition words and sentences play an important role in sequential essays. Transitions can b e introd uced in the concluding sentence or in the first sentence of each paragraph. Placing a transition at the start of the paragraph helps the reader to better understand the order in which the process described in the paper takes place . For more informa tion, please view the Transitions: Words and Phrases tutorial and the Transitions: Sentences tutorial. 5 2019). When the entire coat is dry, the dog should be brushed one last time. Using a slicker brush for this step will give the Samoyed a soft, sleek look. Following a monthly grooming routine of brushing, trimming, shampooing, and blow drying will help any Samoyed owner to maintain their dog’s beautiful coat. Brushing and trimming allows the Samoyed dog to enjoy an active, playful lifestyle without matting fur or a significant buildup of dirt. High -quality shampoos should keep the dog’s coat soft and healthy, and finishing with a blow dryer will prevent any add itional matting. For the Samoyed, grooming is necessary not only for looks, but for the dog’s well -being. The Samoyed dog may have a high maintenance coat, but the joy that this loving companion brings is well worth it. The conclusion is the last paragraph in the paper. It should restate the main idea or thesis, summarize the most important parts of the paragraphs, and leave the reader with a final thought on the subject. For more information, please view the Intro ductions & Conclusions tutorial. This first sentence restates the thesis statement . Keep in mind that this should not repeat the thesis statement word -for -wor d. The purpose of the restatement is to help the reader understand how the different parts of the paper fit into the original thesis now that they have all of the information. This last sentence leaves the reader with the author’ s final thought on the topic. Notice that the supporting sentences of the conclusion serve to summarize the most important points of the paper. Each individual paragraph does not need a complete corresponding sentence here, but highlighting the critical parts of the process helps to re inforce the information given in the body of the paper. 6 References BarkSpace. (2018, March 15 ). What’s the best sham poo for Samoyed? https://www.thebarkspace.com/whats -best -shampoo -samoyed/ Peña, M. (2016, December 20). Extinct, primitive, or ancient: Which are the oldest dog breeds? Dogster. https://www.dogster.com/lifestyle/extinct -primitive -or -ancient -which -are -the – oldest -dog -breeds Samoyed Clu b of America. (n.d.) Grooming . https://www. samoyedclubofamerica.org/the – samoyed/health -and -care/grooming/ Schnepel, M. (2019, January 11). How often should I groom my Samoyed? The Samoyed — All About t he Smiley Dogs . https://siberiansamoyed.com/2019/01/11/how -often -should -i- groom -my -samoyed/ The word “References” should be centered at the top of the page , boldfaced . EH 1010 requires at least one reference for the expository essay. If you have any generalized questions about your references page, refer to the APA Citation Guide .