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PROCESS ANALYSIS (a “how-to” essay)
A method of paragraph or essay development by which a writer explains step by step how something is done or how to do something. Two Forms:
1. Informative – it can provide information about how something works. 2. Directive - it can explain how to do something.

Example of A Process Analysis Essay

Making a sandcastle is a favorite project of beach-goers of all ages. Begin by digging up a large amount of sand (enough to fill at least six pails) and arranging it in a pile. Then, scoop the sand into your pail, patting it down and leveling it off at the rim as you do. You can now construct the towers of your castle by placing one pailful of sand after another face down on the area of the beach that you have staked out for yourself. Make four towers, placing each mound twelve inches apart in a square. This done, you are ready to build the walls that connect the towers. Scoop up the sand along the perimeter of the fortress and arrange a wall six inches high and twelve inches long between each pair of towers in the square. By scooping up the sand in this fashion, you will not only create the walls of the castle, but you will also be digging out the moat that surrounds it. Now, with a steady hand, cut a one-inch square block out of every other inch along the circumference of each tower. Your spatula will come in handy here. Of course, before doing this, you should use the spatula to smooth off the tops and sides of the walls and tower

Other Topics:
Informational
How an American President Is Elected
How Esprit de Corps Is Achieved in Groups
How a Meeting Is Conducted
How Lightning Kills
Directional
Writing Good Advertising Copy
Doing Good Journalistic Writing or Broadcasting
How to Train a Dog in Obedience
How to Detect Counterfeit Money
How to Approach a Shoplifter
Balancing a Budget

Areas to Consider in Writing Process Analysis:
* Audience – who would need to know about this process. * Purpose –...
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