The Process Analysis EssayDefinition:  A process analysis essay either tells us how to do something or tells us how something works. What’s a process?  The step by step movement from a beginning point to an end point.  A process happens in real time.  Examples of a process analysis are recipes or how to instructions:  how to make toast or how to change the oil in your car.Parts of a Process Analysis EssayA successful process analysis essay will do more than simply identify the steps.  It will also:1.Explain the steps in great detail2.Define any terms/concepts that readers may not be familiar with3.Offer clear descriptions of tools, materials, or actions  4.Explain any possible problems or difficulties5.Warn readers of what NOT to doStructure:  A process analysis essay will be structured with an introduction, body, and conclusion.  Each section should do the following:•Introduction: Does NOT identify any steps.  Its purpose is to introduce the subject (the process) to the reader, identify why the process can be important, and, possibly, explain how you came to understand this process.  End the intro with your thesis (the main point of the essay) which should identify the process and your main point about it.•Body: Explains the process step by step.  Do NOT simply list the steps.  Each one gets fully explored using the list above.  Also, use transitional expressions of time.  (first, second, after, next, then, finally, etc.)•Conclusion: Does NOT include any steps.  Instead, close out the essay by getting more general and explaining, if you have not already, the importance of the process or how it could help/affect the reader or some other closing strategy.Steps for Writing a Process Analysis Essay(Note: these directions ARE a process analysis!)Step 1:  Pick a subject.  Be sure the subject is a process (something you can order by steps) and not something that needs defining.  ​For ex:  How to Plan a Vacation (a process—it has steps in time)​For ex.: How to be a Successful Student (a definition—you will identify characteristicsrather than steps.  This is not a process.) Sample processes: ​How to find the perfect roommate21 Days to get in ShapeHow to plan the perfect partyHow to pitch a tent in the rainHow to housebreak your dogStep 2:  Do an outline in which you organize the steps.Step 3: Write a first draft. Be sure to include not just the steps but also definitions, descriptions, warnings or possible problems, and lots of details!Step 4: Re-read and make changes to content, adding details and transitions, cutting unfocused discussion, re- organizing and adding paragraph breaks as needed.  When finished, save as Process Essay Draft 1.

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