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Process Essay

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Patricia Antai Robin

on 9 December 2013

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Transcript of Process Essay

Using Process
The Process Essay
"The features of process essay"
The Process Essay
Strict chronological order

If the steps described are repeated, the same outcome should always be achieved.
Clarity extremely important

Transitions essential

A process essay explains how to do something or how something occurs.

An obvious example of process writing is a recipe.

Two types
Process Writing
Process Essay
Process Essay


Enables readers to perform a process

A recipe, a handout, an operating manual are examples of instruction writing.

Use imperative mood.

Subject of sentences is “you” understood; speak directly to reader.
Process Explaination

Purpose is to help reader understand how a process is carried out.

Use either 1st person or 3rd person; not second person or imperative mood.

May be in present or past tense, depending on whether the writer is explaining a process that takes place regularly or one that occurred in the past, and on whether the writer or someone else carried out the process.
College writing for science, literature, history, or any other subject.

Use process writing to persuade or to inform.

A process essay should have a clear thesis statement that identifies the process and tells why it is performed.
Keep reader’s needs in mind.

Explain reasons for performing steps
Describe unfamiliar materials or equipment
Define terms
Warn readers of possible problems they may encounter.
Avoid ambiguity or surprise
Avoid unnecessary shifts in tense, person, voice and mood.
Specifically useful
are such
first, second, meanwhile, after this, next, then, at the same time, when you have finished, and finally.

Use transitions to establish sequential and chronological relationships between steps in process.

identifies the process and indicates why and under what circumstances it is performed.

Includes thesis

Introduces whatever materials or preliminary steps may be needed.

Body of essay

One major stage of the process in each body paragraph.

Each stage may involve several steps

Formal Conclusion

May not be necessary in very short, simple process essay.

Briefly reviews the procedure’s major stages

Reinforces the thesis by summarizing the results of the process, or explaining its significance.

Sample Essay

Dev110 Sample Essay : Process. (n.d). How To Entertain. Retrieved December 5, 2013 from http://www.sinclair.edu/centers/tlc/pub/handouts_worksheets/english/110_process.pdf

Dev110 Sample Essay : Process. (n.d). How To Entertain. Retrieved December 5, 2013 from http://www.sinclair.edu/centers/tlc/pub/handouts_worksheets/english/110_process.pdf

Process Essay. (n.d). Giving Blood. Retrieved December 8, 2013 from http://www.admc.hct.ac.ae/hd1/english/process/blood_donation.pdf

The Process Essay (PPT). (n.d). Retrieved November 20, 2013 from https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&ved=0CDQQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.federle.org%2FThe%2520Process%2520Essay.ppt&ei=33WMUvGYFIe4rge2w4GQCQ&usg=AFQjCNFwElU636RngpIF2iYH8r6EIaO6tA&sig2=kLOVZS2LEviKokhjVN0B0g
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