Develop one of the following topics into an essay of classification. (See also the guidelines that follow.)
2. Television commercials
4. Music lovers
6. Martial arts
15. Police officers
21. Handicapped people
Process in Writing: Guidelines
Follow at least some of these steps in writing your essay of classification.
1. Write a short outline, since the logic of classifying can be difficult. Once you have chosen the principle on which to classify your topic, decide on the categories. Then ask: Do all relate to the same principle? If not, revise. Do any categories overlap? If so, revise. Have you left out an obvious category? Add it.
2. Write your thesis statement.
3. Now arrange the categories in some climactic order that supports your thesis: smallest to largest, least important to most important, worst to best, etc.
4. Write a rapid first draft, double-spaced, not stopping now to revise or edit.
5. When this draft has “cooled off,” look it over. Does it follow the outline? If not, do the changes make sense? Does every part support the thesis? If not, revise.
6. In your second draft sharpen word choice. Add missing IMAGES or examples. Heighten TRANSITIONS. Cut deadwood.
7. Now edit for spelling and grammar, and write the good copy. Save the essay in case your teacher suggests further revision.