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IMPROVING YOUR PROCESS ESSAY

INTRODUCTION

  • **A thesis statement
  • what essay will concern
  • why readers should do
  • combine “overview” with your purpose to get a thesis statement:
  • In six easy steps that should take me approximately ten minutes, I can create a new, exciting, flattering look for myself.

INTRODUCTION

  • **DO NOT ANNOUNCE:
  • Rather than “I am going to tell you how to make this” OR “In this essay I will show you how,”
  • Write “If a person follows this easy six-step process, he/she will be able to create…”.

INTRODUCTION

  • *EXAMPLES OF INTRODUCING THE TOPIC:
  • 1) Have you ever been driving home late at night on a dark, deserted road out of cell phone range when you felt the car pulling sharply to one side and you heard the unmistakable thumping sound of a flat tire?
  • BODY’s 1st sentence: The first step in changing a tire is to….

Transitions

Transitions

  • Transitions provide links between the following:  
    • SENTENCESAlso, the temperature of the oven must be set on high to achieve this goal.
    • PARAGRAPHS: Another reason I dislike Mondays involves highway traffic.
    • SECTIONSAs noted in the previous chapter, the theme of equivocation dominates Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Transitions

  • Transitions often come in the following forms
    • SUBORDINATING CONJUNCTIONSsince, because, if, when, although
    • COORDINATING CONJUNCTIONSand, but, yet, or, nor, for, so
    • PREPOSITIONSafter, during, behind, beyond, during
    • ADVERBSonce, never, always, frequently

Transitions

  • Transitions for the Process Essay:
  • Time and Sequence/Order
  • First, second, third
  • Next, then, finally, lastly
  • After, afterwards, following,
  • At this time, at this point
  • Subsequently, while, meanwhile
  • When, during, immediately, now, later, in the future, earlier, sometimes, always, never, whenever, once

BODY

  • *THIS IS AN ESSAY, SO…
  • *NO LISTS*
  • *NO RECIPES (keep in essay format)
  • *do not forget the ARTICLES (a, an, the)
  • *do not forget the INTRODUCTION & CONCLUSION paragraphs

BODY

  • *DETAILS:
  • * STEP #1: gather all materials 1st (items should NOT just magically appear in the middle of the process)
  • * “HOW EXACTLY” (don’t skip over steps)
  • use DESCRIPTIVE DETAILS

BODY

  • briefly explain the REASON for a step if it is not obvious (do this to prevent a mess)

CONCLUSION

  • *CONSIDER THE PROCESS AS A WHOLE:
  • repeat/reference the PURPOSE of your process (why did you tell us how to do thisscenario)
  • Process-as-a-whole:
    • #/difficulty of steps
    • *describe the FINISHED PRODUCT (smells, taste, sight, feel, sound)

TOPIC PROMPTS

  • How to give yourself a manicure, pedicure
  • How to cut, treat, wash, perm, highlight your hair
  • Brush teeth,
  • Make lasagna, spaghetti, German apple cake, cheeseburger, grilled cheese,
  • Study or prepare for a Test, Mid-Term or Final Exam
  • Prepare for a Job Interview
  • Deal with Stress (in a healthy manner)

FINAL HINTS

  • REMEMBER, this is an essay and not a recipe.
  • essay format, no lists (does NOT look like a recipe card)
  • when gathering supplies, write as items in a series (not as a list, not as a recipe card)

PREWRITING

  • LISTS:
    • 3 tasks done at work each time
    • 3 technical/electrical/mechanical skills
    • 3 tasks you have done for yourself lately
    • 3 types of food you like to make

PREWRITING

  • 2) STEPS:
    • Brainstorm.
    • List every step in the process.
    • Number the steps in chronological order.

SAMPLE PROCESSES

How to Make MACARONI & CHEESE

  • STEP #1

STEP #2

STEP #3

CONCLUSION

OTHER PROCESSES



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