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Process Analysis Essay

In a process analysis essay, you write to explain how to do something or how something works.

thumbs up graphicGood Process Analysis:

  • Either helps readers perform the steps themselves or helps them understand how something works
  • Presents the essential steps in a process
  • Explains steps in detail
  • Presents steps in logical order (usually time order - chronological)

Exercises & Handouts:
Process Analysis Prewriting Diagram (PDF document)- this diagram can assist you in identifying and connecting all the steps in the process you are writing about so that your writing will clearly describe and show the connections between each step.

Sample Process Analysis Essay:
Student Writing Sample - click the link to see a sample of a process analysis essay.

Sample Rubric:
checklist graphicProcess Analysis Writing Rubric (PDF document)- use this checklist to self-edit your process analysis essay.

book cover imageCheck pages 200-201 in Writer's, INC. if you think you need help with any one of the criteria on the rubric.

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