An expository writing assignment asks a student to provide a short or extended essay response to a question or prompt. This format is commonly used in writing assignments, in-class tests and on standardized essay tests. One of the first steps in an effective response is to think about your answer and restate the questions in your own words.


A sample expository essay question is "What are your favorite things to do with family?" One way to restate this question in your lead or topic sentence is "I have several favorite things I like to do with my family." Alternatively, you could write "My family and I like to do several things together." The purpose of the restatement is to create a topic sentence that directs the reader on what to expect in the following sentences and paragraphs. In this case, student would likely describe the activities in follow-up sentences or paragraphs.