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Modes of development for college essays

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  • Methods of Development
    And Organization
  • Remember that unless you are writing a very short essay, it’s unlikely that you will write an entire academic paper as “comparison/contrast,” “process,” “definition” or whatever. However, portions of your essay could be written in any one of these, and, as you will see, brainstorming how your essay could be developed in a variety of methods can help you organize and develop your paper.
  • Example and Analysis
    The basic building block of the academic paper, using logical organization.
    This is the TEA paragraph, the “dna” of critical analysis, that you have been using so far all term.
    Get into the habit, as you read, of summarizing and analyzing your reading and keep records in your notes. You can then use these directly in your paper (remembering to cite, of course).
  • Descriptive/Narrative
    Focus on sense details
    Spatial or Chronological organization
    Personal essay, memoir
  • Process
    How to
    Organization is step by step
    Need for clarity and detail
    Not often used in academic writing, but consider it for effect.
  • Comparison/Contrast
    Analysis through comparison
    Must have some reason for comparison – have basic similarities
    Must be fair
    Needs careful organization
  • Definition
    demonstrates full understanding and insight.
    Needs narrow focus
    Avoid “dictionary” definition, however
    May overlap with Classification
  • Classification
    Examines “types” of things
    May be similar to “Definition”
    Both need Logical organization
  • Examples (for an essay on “Student Life”)
    Description: “My Campus Cafeteria”
    Process: “How to Fail a Course”
    Comparison/Contrast: “College vs University”
    Definition: “The Good Teacher”
    Classification: “Student ‘types’ on Campus”