6 2) INFORMATIONAL - when you want to inform OBJECTIVES OF WRITING A PROCESS ANALYSIS ESSAY1) DIRECTIONAL - when you want to give step-by- step instructions or directions2) INFORMATIONAL - when you want to inform
7 DIRECTIONAL PROCESS ANALYSIS ESSAY FOR YOUR MC#1, YOU ARE GOING TO WRITE ADIRECTIONAL PROCESS ANALYSIS ESSAY
8 IN THIS ESSAY:you will explain how to do, how to make, or how to build somethingyou should choose your own topic of interest
9 The introduction to a process analysis is traditional in that it is a paragraph that contains a concise thesis sentence, which clearly states what process will be discussed.An example of a good thesis sentence is the following:
10 Some people may think that mastering the game of Scrabble is difficult and impossible, but this process can be achieved in six essential steps.
11 By examining this statement, you will know that the essay will be about tips on being skillful in playing Scrabble.
12 Body paragraphsshould contain information that systematically explains how to accomplish the process.Make sure the information is in proper sequence, so that the reader can follow the process easily.
13 Transitional Topic Sentence You must provide appropriate topic sentences to make the move between the steps clear. An example of a topic sentence might be:
14 The first step to mastering the Scrabble game is to memorize all of the two-letter words.
15 Then, you will write a paragraph that explains why memorizing all of the two-letter words is important in mastering the game. Nothing else would be in the paragraph but that step.Important: As you introduce each step, you must explain why each step is necessary.
16 TransitionsYou will then move to the next step in the next paragraph, using a transition word or phrase that seems appropriate. For example:
17 The next step is…Once you have finished doing this…Fourth, the following task should be done…Finally…
18 The conclusionshould "tie up" your essay neatly-- it does not introduce new material not covered in the body paragraphs nor does it repeat information.Conclusions differ with writers, according to varying writing styles.
19 Paragraph One: Introduction GUIDE QUESTIONS:Paragraph One: IntroductionIdentify your topic.Have you selected a process that can be told in five or six simple steps?Why are you qualified to write a "how to" paper on this process?
20 Paragraph One: Introduction GUIDE QUESTIONS:Paragraph One: IntroductionGive the purpose and significance of the instructions, indicating who uses them, when, where and why.
21 Sample Thesis Sentence: The culinary art of mud pie making can be accomplished in six easy and fun steps.
22 Explain how to accomplish the first step: Second Paragraph (1st Step)Explain how to accomplish the first step:Explain why this first step is necessary:
23 Sample Topic Sentence: First, the location of the "kitchen" and preparation of the area is very important.
24 Explain how to accomplish the second step: Third Paragraph (2nd Step)Explain how to accomplish the second step:Explain why this second step is necessary:
25 Sample Topic Sentence: Second, between one and three p.m. is the best baking time.
26 Fourth Paragraph (and so on) Explain clearly what is to be done in each individual step and what equipment, materials, etc. are used to complete the step.
27 Emphasize the important points of the step and include any cautions about mistakes that may possibly be made for this step.Include any theory underlying this part of the process, if applicable.Follow these protocols for all of the steps.
28 Last Paragraph (Conclusion) Completion of the discussion of the last stepSummary of the main stepsSignificance of the processDiscussion of other methods to do this process or any feasible shortcuts that could be taken to complete the process