 A way of organizing material to make better sense
of it.
 An essay writing style that divides one main subject
into dif...
 Informational Classification
 Personal Classification
Informational Classification is the type of essay whose
purpose is to inform readers about a subject that the
writer is fa...
Personal Classification is the type of essay, whose
purpose is not only to inform readers, but to excite
and give interest...
 What are examples of a personal
classification essay?
 What are examples of an informational
essay?
The following are some pertinent issues to keep in mind while writing the
classification essay with a Reader’s eye:
 Deci...
 Make sure the topic that you choose is appropriate for the TYPE of
classification essay you are writing (personal or inf...
 Some classification
essays may be
boring.
 Make it come alive.
› Give good
description.
› Use rhetorical
devices.
 Kee...
Identify the thesis.
Thesis: “Many masters as well as slaves got the reputation of being
‘bad’, which contributed to the t...
Q. Is this an informational or a personal essay?
A. Informational Essay
Franklin, John Hope. “Slave Resistance.” From Slavery
to Freedom: A History of Black Americans, 8th Ed.
(2000). Rpt. in Re...
ENG 002-12 Group Presentation: Classification Expository Mode
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This is the assignment for Freshman Composition, instructed by Dr. Diaz in the fall 2010 semester. This group, which is in ENG-002 section has done a presentation to show how to write a classification essay.

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ENG 002-12 Group Presentation: Classification Expository Mode

  1. 1.  A way of organizing material to make better sense of it.  An essay writing style that divides one main subject into different parts so the audience can comprehend the essay topic better.
  2. 2.  Informational Classification  Personal Classification
  3. 3. Informational Classification is the type of essay whose purpose is to inform readers about a subject that the writer is familiar with.
  4. 4. Personal Classification is the type of essay, whose purpose is not only to inform readers, but to excite and give interest to the reader about a subject.
  5. 5.  What are examples of a personal classification essay?  What are examples of an informational essay?
  6. 6. The following are some pertinent issues to keep in mind while writing the classification essay with a Reader’s eye:  Decide whether the type of classification used is going to be PERSONAL or INFORMATIVE.  Ensure that each class or category is DEFINED so that the reader is never confused about your meaning. › E.g.. ‘The lecturer does just what the label indicates: lectures, usually from notes.” (WM 358)  Ensure that the level of vocabulary used in the essay is inviting to the reader and not too technical that the reader will lose interest  Make sure that your categories are clear and distinct. › E.g.. ‘I will classify breakfast foods in the following three categories: foods that are nutritious, foods that take little time to prepare and foods that taste good.” (WM 360)
  7. 7.  Make sure the topic that you choose is appropriate for the TYPE of classification essay you are writing (personal or informative).  Prewrite: select the categories you will use, come up with examples or a preliminary thesis etc. This stage of the writing process is very informal.  Organize your essay: work up an outline, how will your categories be ordered in the essay?  Keep in mind the general structure of a body paragraph of a classification essay: › Category name › Define or explain the category › Examples of items within the category  Finally, compose a draft of the essay and revise it thoroughly.
  8. 8.  Some classification essays may be boring.  Make it come alive. › Give good description. › Use rhetorical devices.  Keep the essay interesting.
  9. 9. Identify the thesis. Thesis: “Many masters as well as slaves got the reputation of being ‘bad’, which contributed to the tension that seemed to be mounting everywhere as the institution developed.” Identify the topic sentences. Q. What is this Slave Resistance classifying and what are the different parts? A. The essay is classifying slavery and what happened during the time period of slavery.  The masters were beating the slaves brutally.  Slaves started to kill themselves.  Slaves started to kill their masters and mistress.  Slaves started to REVOLT.
  10. 10. Q. Is this an informational or a personal essay? A. Informational Essay
  11. 11. Franklin, John Hope. “Slave Resistance.” From Slavery to Freedom: A History of Black Americans, 8th Ed. (2000). Rpt. in Revelations: An Anthology of Expository Essays by and About Blacks. Eds. Teresa M. Redd and Caroyln E. Shuttlesworth. Boston: Pearson, 2010. 27-32. Print. Maimon, Elaine P, ed. Writing Matters: A Howard University Student Handbook. 2nd Ed. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2010. Print.

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