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Narrative essays tell us what happened. Cause and effect essays tell us why something happened. Process analysis essays tell us how something happened.
Process Analysis Essays explain:
- How to do something. The essay is directional. It provides instructions on how to do something to achieve a result. It leads to something that will happen.
- "How to Make a Killer PBJ" – This essay provides instructions on what ingredients are needed and how to assemble the killer PBJ. The end result? A killer sandwich.
- Other topics: "How to Prepare for the Perfect Date," "How to Get Rid of Cockroaches," "How to Ace Expository Writing."
- How a process works. The essay is informational. It provides information that explains how something works or how something occurred. It describes something that has happened or happens.
- How something works. "How Peanut Butter is Made." This describes how peanuts are grown, harvested, and processed.
- How something that occurred. "How a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Killed My Best Friend." – This essay describes an event that happened (best friend died) and explains how (by eating a PBJ).
- Other topics: "How a Perfect Dates Became a Level 5 Disaster," "How a Cockroach is Born," "How Ms. G Grades Your Essay."
Process Analysis must be:
-- clear -------à
don’t use vague words like "thing." Be specific.
-- detailed -------à
bring your reader to a point where they can see what you describe.
-- organized -------à
Class Exercises (Get out of your mental chair)
Work in groups of three or less. Please choose one of the following and write ten steps that explain the process of one of the following:
- Directional. Describe, step by step, how prepare the perfect date. Remember, you must be clear, detailed, and organized! When finished, read your results aloud and have someone follow them. Does it work?
- Informational. Describe, step by step, your hypothetical worst day possible. Begin at waking and end at sleeping.