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Process Analysis



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  • 1. Process Analysis Essay
    Break it down for us.
  • 2. 1 – 2 – 3 - GO!
    Process = A series of actions
  • 3. Breaking up is hard to do.
    Analysis = A separation of a whole into its parts
  • 4. Process analysis
    Breaks a series of actions into stages and steps.
    Uses chronological organization.
    Indicates the reason for the analysis.
    Explains the how and the why of actions in the process.
  • 5. Directive process
    Informative process
    Two types of process analysis essays
  • 6. Directive process
    Emphasis on doing
    Includes tools & supplies required.
    Includes definitions, cautions & warnings.
    Uses 2nd person.
  • 7. Informative process
    • Explains how something works or how something occurs.
    • 8. How trees lose their leaves
    • 9. How a faucet works.
    • 10. More analytical than a how-to essay.
    • 11. Uses 3rd person
  • Break the process into major stages.
    Think of each stage as a paragraph.
    Limit the number of stages you divide the process into.
  • 12. Multiple steps for each stage.
    A stage with many steps may need more than one paragraph.
    Then break each stage into steps
  • 13. How could a reader do this wrong?
    What are possible hazards or dangers?
    For directive process
  • 14. When will your readers ask “Why?”
    Anticipate and explain the reasons behind how an action is done or how it happens.
  • 15. Visualize it in the now.
    Describe it in the now.
    Write in the present tense.
  • 16. 1. In the introduction and conclusion -– the frame.
    2. In cautions -- “If you do x, then y could/will happen.”
  • 17. Introduction
    Why should we be curious to learn about this process?
    Why should we care enough to keep reading?
    What exactly will you explain to us?
    Why is this process significant?
  • 18. Conclusion
    No summary of steps is required.
    Reiterate your purpose.
    Create a frame by echoing something in the introduction – repeating a key phrase, completing an anecdote or answering a question, for example.
  • 19. Things to consider
    What is a good topic?
  • 20. What do you know about?
    Do you understand how something works?
  • 21. Can you put a twist on something ordinary?
    Your topic does not have to be dazzling.
  • 22. What do you know well?
    How to take great candid photos
  • 23. How to play a casino gameHow to order at a restaurant
  • 24. How wine is madeHow a microscope works
  • 25. Do you know how to stop a baby’s crying?
  • 26. Do you know how to win atApples to Apples?
  • 27. Do you know how to find out where the best bands are playing around town?
  • 28. Do you know how the retina works?
  • 29. In your process analysis essay
    Break it down for us!
  • 30. You are the expert
    No source but yourself
    Length: Title page + 2-3 pages, double-spaced, 12 point Arial or Times New Roman
    APA format
    Draft due for peer review next week