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Process Analysis. Process analysis is…. A way to explain complex ideas and abstract concepts Useful for giving readers instructions. Process explanations…. Are organized in chronological order Explain how something is done or how it happens Useful to explain things like

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Process analysis

Process Analysis


Process analysis is

Process analysis is…

  • A way to explain complex ideas and abstract concepts

  • Useful for giving readers instructions


Process explanations

Process explanations…

  • Are organized in chronological order

  • Explain how something is done or how it happens

  • Useful to explain things like

    • How the body uses oxygen

    • How the stock market works

      • These are all fairly complex

  • Simpler ideas

    • How to change a tire

    • How to stop smoking

    • How to lose weight

    • How to pass Expository Writing

      • You get the idea…


Process analysis thesis statements

Process analysis thesis statements

  • Usually a statement of purpose

    • Explains why a process is important, why it occurs, or why it should be completed, etc.

  • For example, if you want to explain how to change the oil in a car, you might begin by saying that “changing the oil regularly can extend a car engine’s life.”

    • This would be your thesis


Clarity and directness

Clarity and Directness

  • Readers need to be able to follow your instructions easily

    • Use clear, simple language

    • Use the clearest, simplest organization

      • Chronological order

    • Mention equipment and supplies needed before steps

    • Discuss each step separately in its own paragraph

    • Give all the necessary information

      • Don’t forget the details

    • Use direct commands

      • “First, apply the handbrake.”

      • DO NOT say, “You should apply the brake. You could then…”

        • Just straight out tell them to do it.


Unity and coherence

Unity and Coherence

  • Unified writing contains only those details that help develop or support the central idea.

    • Don’t include irrelevant information. It will distract your reader.

      • One-hundred percent of lottery winners gain weight.***

        • How many of you were totally thrown off by this? 

  • In terms of writing, coherence refers to whether or not your sentences and paragraphs are arranged in a logical order.

    • Use transitions to create a logical, coherent order

      • First this happens; then this; next that, etc.


Transitions

Transitions

  • To indicate time

    • After a few minutes

    • Already

    • As soon as

    • At that time

    • During

    • Immediately

    • Meanwhile

    • Before long

    • Soon

    • Then

    • Until


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