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Modes of Organization
Example or Illustration Mode

Example or Illustration Mode of Organization

Example or Illustration mode of organization is a way of organizing information that focuses on using specific examples to illustrate a larger concept or idea. It involves presenting concrete examples that help to clarify and support a broader point. It can be effective in helping the reader to understand complex or abstract concepts.


Topics or ideas that call for the example or illustration mode of organization can be anything where the information can be further clarified through examples or illustrations.

Types of Text Using the Example/Illustration Mode

The example or illustration mode of organization can be used in a variety of texts where complex information can be clarified. For example, example and illustration mode of organization can be used in persuasive, instructional, academic, technical writing, and so on.

Transition Words Used in the Example/Illustration Mode

Transitions commonly used in the example or illustration mode include:

  • For example, for instance, such as, to illustrate: These transitions introduce an example, illustration, or explanation of a concept or idea.
  • In other words, that is, to clarify, in addition, moreover, furthermore: These expressions are used to restate or provide additional context for an example or illustration.
  • Similarly, likewise, in the same way: These expressions introduce multiple examples or illustration to one another, thus providing further information and clarity.

Example example or illustration mode of organization

The following paragraph is written using the example or illustration mode of organization:

Many people believe that social media has had a negative impact on society. For example, recent studies have shown that excessive social media use can lead to increased feelings of loneliness and isolation, as well as decreased self-esteem. In addition, social media has been linked to the spread of misinformation and disinformation, which can have serious consequences for public health and safety. Finally, it has been widely documented that social media companies often prioritize profits over user safety and well-being, which leads to concerns about privacy violations and the exploitation of user data.

Note. The above paragraph is used for instructional purposes only. Search the topic for accurate information on it.

Note for Readers

When you read, it is important to identify the mode of organization as example or illustration because it focuses your reading and improves comprehension.

Examples and illustrations further clarify a topic or concept. Pay close attention to the examples and illustrations so you get a clear picture of what the writer is trying to explain, define, discuss, and so on.

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