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Transcript of Process Analysis
Process analysis is simply a step by step break down of a topic to illustrate how something works or how to accomplish a task.
Directional Process Analysis: explains how to do something or make something
Informative Process Analysis: explains how something is done or how it takes place
Articles of Process Analysis
When to Use Process Analysis
Process Analysis can be used in two situations
When you want to give step-by-step instructions
When you want readers to understand how something happens
The first one is “directional” which means it gives directions to follow and accomplish something.
The second is “informational”, teaching you about something that may be abstract and something you can't follow.
How to spot Process Analysis
It's usually presented in the form of an essay, but can also be a part of an essay.
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How to Write Process Analysis
There are nine cardinals steps for using
in an essay.
Process analysis can be written and used as a whole. They highlight and carefully describe each step of a concept. In an
essay, much more 'how' is written than 'what' is written while
pieces consist of direct commands to guide the reader.
Spotting process analysis can be often easy once you see the fundamentals of it.
As an Essay
Within an Essay
As part of an essay, process analysis can fit into parts that need more of an explanation so that ideas are easily understood.
Fundamentals of Process Analysis
Purpose, thesis, and tone
The purpose of Process Analysis essays are mostly instructional. It can be informational or directional.
Organization and topic sentences
How topic sentences are written can be a good indicator. If you see topic sentences that follow a chronological order, step-by-step, you can identify the organization and the purpose.
Transitions that show direction in successive order can also be a component of Process Analysis. Spotting key words such as "However, "One Day", "After a while", can let you identify where the author is trying to direct you and what he is trying to direct you toward.
Step 1: Identify the desired outcome of process analysis.
Step 2: Formulate a thesis that clarifies your attitude toward the process
Step 3: Keep your audience in mind
Step 4:Use pre-writing to identify the steps in the process
Step 5: Identify the directional and informational aspects of the process analysis
Step 6: Explain the Process
Step 7: Provide readers with the help they need to follow the sequence
Step 8: Maintain an appropriate tone
Step 9: Open and close the process analysis effectively.