Learning Resources
Here is one example of how you can organize your 5-paragraph essay. The colors will show you how to take your main points from your introductory paragraph and expand each one in its own body paragraph.

Teaching Resources
Glendale Community College offers a chart with a description of different purposes expository writing may be used for as well as graphic organizers for each.

Common Core Standards
With further information on key ideas

Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

Use appropriate transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.

Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

Establish and maintain a formal style.

Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.