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How to Do It: The Process Paragraph

October 9 and 10, 2002

This week, we will review and practice the development of the “How to . . . “ or “Process” paragraph.

Process Paragraphs:

Are usually organized chronologically (by time order).

 Follow a logical order (first things first!).

 Give all the necessary steps.

 Transitions for Process Writing:

To write a good process paragraph, good use of transitional expressions is necessary.

 Some common transitions useful for process writing: first, next, then, firstly, secondly, finally, after that,  . . . (Can you name some more? The teacher will make a list.)

Writing Assignment:

Most of us are expert on making or doing something. It could be making a chocolate cake, changing the oil on a car, or stopping a baby from crying.

 Whatever it is you can make or do, explain the process so that anyone can follow your example.

 Be clear, use appropriate transitions, and include lots of specific and relevant detail. Be sure to include a good quality topic and concluding sentence. Write about 150 words or so.

Teacher Writing Samples for this topic.


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