The general-to-specific pattern is probably one of the most common patterns in college writing. It may be used in any of these familiar places: • introduction to a paper
• background in a research paper
• opening paragraphs for a discussion or an analysis
• essay examination answers
As the name suggests, this pattern is characterized by a movement in your thinking from a generalization to specific details. Your opening paragraph would begin with a general statement and then add details that explain it. The details may continue to become increasingly more specific. The pattern ends with a broad statement that summarizes your thinking that resulted from the details. The most common way to start a GS text is to use either definition or generalization. • Definition:
• A method of developing a paragraph, essay, or speech by moving from a general observation about a topic to specific details in support of that topic. • Also known as the deductive method of organization, general-to-specific order is commonly used than the reverse method. By analysis, comparison-contrast-analogy,function,etymology,example,synonyms. Generalizations
Writing generalizations at the beginning of the GS text can help you to organize your thoughts. Generalizations:
Are statement that are simple enough, so that most everyone understands them • Address the information...