Process Essays
What is Process Writing? <ul><li>A  process  is a series of steps or actions taken to accomplish a goal or result. </li></...
Kinds of Process Writing <ul><li>There are two styles of process writing: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ How-to ”  writing  expla...
Selecting a Topic <ul><li>When selecting a topic for a process essay, it is important that you choose a topic your are fam...
Developing Your Ideas <ul><li>The following steps can help you effectively develop your process essay:  </li></ul><ul><ul>...
Help Your Readers <ul><li>Because your reader is most likely unfamiliar with the process you are writing about, you need t...
Using Transitions <ul><li>The steps of a process are usually written in chronological or time order. </li></ul><ul><li>Tra...
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  1. 1. Process Essays
  2. 2. What is Process Writing? <ul><li>A process is a series of steps or actions taken to accomplish a goal or result. </li></ul><ul><li>Process writing means writing about a process for others to read and follow. </li></ul><ul><li>Writing about a process means giving a detailed explanation of the steps required to complete the process. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Kinds of Process Writing <ul><li>There are two styles of process writing: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ How-to ” writing explains how something is done. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For example, a cooking recipe often tells you how to make a certain food dish. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ How-it-works ” writing explains how something operates or happens. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For example, a driver ’ s manual will tell you how traffic laws work and how you need to follow them. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Selecting a Topic <ul><li>When selecting a topic for a process essay, it is important that you choose a topic your are familiar with or a process that you have performed yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Your thesis or main idea statement should identify your process and explain to your reader why they should follow your process or why the process is important to understand. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Developing Your Ideas <ul><li>The following steps can help you effectively develop your process essay: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Before writing, list or outline your steps; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give an overview ; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Devote one paragraph per step if necessary; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offer advice , give examples , and make comparisons ; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the present tense and stick to it. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Help Your Readers <ul><li>Because your reader is most likely unfamiliar with the process you are writing about, you need to provide helpful information: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide definitions of unfamiliar words or terms; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>List needed equipment or supplies ; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell your readers about potential problems or issues . </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Using Transitions <ul><li>The steps of a process are usually written in chronological or time order. </li></ul><ul><li>Transitions are words that help you indicate the order of your steps. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transition words include: First, second, third, next, before, after, finally, etc. </li></ul></ul>
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