The Process Analysis Essay
Your task is to write a process analysis essay that also includes some type sub-text message. You essay may be either:
Ø 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.
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. Subtext: Remembering childhood or
Ø Other topics: “How to Prepare for the Perfect Date,” “How to Get Rid of Cockroaches,” “How to Get on the Honor Roll.”
Ø 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.
something works. “How Peanut Butter is Made.” This
describes how peanuts are grown, harvested, and processed. Subtext: mass
production and its impact on the
something that occurred. “How a Peanut Butter and Jelly
Ø Other topics: “How a Perfect Dates Became a Level 5 Disaster,” “How a Cockroach is Born,” “How I Almost Made the Honor Roll Four Years in a Row.”
The 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 usually chronological order!
· Your essay should include a subtext. This means that your essay should not only be about the surface process or information, but it should also have a commentary beneath the obvious. For instance, if you are writing about “How to Pick the Perfect Outfit,” you could address girls’ self-image. This could be done a humorous or serious way. Or, you could write about “How to Bake a Lasagna,” but your subtext is how cooking together brings the family together.
· Remember “How to Eat an Ice Cream Cone.” This essay instructed us on the methods of eating a cone, and it also addressed the father’s role in a family, it made humorous commentary on human nature, and it explored one person’s POV deliberately. It was quite obvious that this was one’s man view.