Is Exposition the same as Summary?
My worksheet for Avanced Intergrated Language Arts for Eighth Grade says that Exposition “sets the stage for a story. characters are introduced, the setting is discribed, and the conflict unfolds.” .. Sounds like a summary .. but is it?
A summary is just telling you the book’s main events/plot by telling you just what happened but exposition is one of four rhetorical modes of discourse, along with argumentation, description, and narration. The purpose of exposition is to provide some background and inform the readers about the plot, character, setting, and theme of the essay/story.
Types of expository writing
Sequence writing lists, events or steps in chronological order.
Descriptive essays use the senses of sight, smell, touch, hearing, and taste to provide the reader with a mental image or feeling about the subject.
Classification writing uses an organizational strategy to arrange groups of objects or ideas according to a common theme.
Comparison writing shows the similarities and differences between two or more subjects.
Cause-and-effect writing, also known as analysis, identifies the reasons for an event or situation.