College English I2/Mr. Smith
Due Date: Rough Draft: Mon. March 19; Final Typed Copy: Wed. March 21, 2012 A classification essay takes large amounts of information and organizes it into more understandable smaller groups. The classification essay requires categorizing the items under a single organizing theory and then putting them into correct categories. In this essay you will use HUMAN examples from your own experience. Think about situations in which you have had contact with lots of people: jobs, sports, activities, church, family gatherings, concerts, parties, etc. Then think about how you could generalize and categorize people in a particular situation into 3, 4, or more groups. When you write about these groups, make each group an individual person who represents the characteristics of the whole group. It will make your essay more colorful and interesting. Come up with an interesting or colorful descriptive name for each category: "The Nervous Nellie Neighbor," "The Steady-As-She Goes Shopper," "The Mad Max Driver." Include specific descriptive details about each character who represents each category. Show similarities and differences among your different characters. Include an attention-grabbing introductory paragraph that explains why you know your topic and makes an overall statement about your categories (thesis). PROOFREADING:
Before you turn in your final copy, make sure you eliminate every possible error. ^ NO CONTRACTIONS!
^ USE COMMAS TO SEPARATE INDEPENDENT CLAUSES JOINED WITH CO-ORDINATING CONJUNCTIONS LIKE "AND," "BUT," and "OR." ^AVOID FIRST-PERSON UNLESS YOU ARE PART OF THE IDEA
^USE ACTIVE VERBS/AVOID PASSIVE VERBS (like "is," "was," "were," etc.) ^CHECK YOUR SPELLING BY HAND. DO NOT RELY ON SPELL-CHECK.
v'LOOK UP AND WORD OR RULE YOU ARE NOT SURE ABOUT OR ASK!
^Format: Typed, Double-spaced/mdent first line of each paragraph. ^3/4 in. margins on all 4 sides
^First page: Name, class, period, date in...