Contestants write expository compositions. They are given a choice between two prompts, each an excerpt from literature, publications (past and present), or speeches. Expository writing explains, proves, or explores a topic in a balanced way, allowing the argument and the evidence given to be the deciding factor in the paper. Descriptive or narrative passages may be used to illustrate or reinforce an idea or point, but they must be clearly subservient or incidental to the purpose of exposition. The composition is judged on interest (60%), organization (30%), and correctness of style (10%).
Ready Writing Link: http://www.uiltexas.org/academics/ready-writing
Coach: Ms. Tummlinson in H209