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Process Paper

A process paper can

  • start with an overview of a procedure, then give step-by-step instructions on how the reader can do it
  • explain how something is done; for example, how a CAT scan works

Possible topics: how to identify the best quality chocolate, how to protect your computer from viruses, how to recognize sexual harassment, how to overcome stage fright...

No clue about a topic? Check out these sites:

To quickly review Chapter 18 in The Practical Writer, click here.

To see some guides and model essays, explore the links below:

The Process Essay (Darling)

ASH Writing CenterProcess Essay
(good step-by-step guide)
LEO: Writing a Process Essay
(questions to get you started, with a full-length model)

WritingProcess Essay (includes PPT)

Process (several examples, along with a step-by-step writing guide)
Controlling Anger—Before It Controls You (model that includes a definition)
Need more? Go to your favorite search engine and type in "process essay" and model.





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