skills. Purpose: Write either an instructional or explanatory process analysis essay or combine those approaches to explain how a process occurs or how to accomplish a process. Requirements: • Your essay must be a process analysis that explains how a process occurs or is accomplished. • Your essay should be appropriate in subject, approach and content for a college-level audience • Length: two to three double-spaced pages in length • MLA paper format—follow the model the Content MLA section • Organization: provide sufficient background information for readers to have a context for the process you are explaining and organize the sequence of events or steps in logical order • Content: clear thesis presented in a single thesis statement that identifies the process and includes a main idea about the process. Be sure to use logical transitions from one part of the process to the next. • Select a process that is meaningful, substantial, and potentially useful for your audience to be able to do or understand • Your essay MUST include ONE (only one) quotation from a researched, credible outside source, introduced by a signal phrase and formatted as a quotation. • Your essay may contain NO uncredited outside material • Your essay must be submitted to Smarthinking and demonstrate evidence of informed revision and editing. AVOID THESE PITFALLS OF PROCESS WRITING: • Choosing a subject that is not complex enough to be interesting to write about, for example, don’t explain how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or change car oil • Choosing a subject that is too complex and will require extensive use of outside sources and can’t be adequately discussed within the scope of the assignment, for example, how Federal regulation of the securities industry works • Substituting bullet points, numbered steps or a list for fully-developed discussion of steps or lapsing into Recipese. Use complete sentences and develop each point of the process fully. • Numbering steps instead of writing clear transitions that create logical sequential order • ESSAYS CONTAINING IMPROPERLY CREDITED OR UNCREDITED MATERIAL CAN BE ACCEPTED FOR CREDIT. Some subjects that lend themselves well to process analysis include: • Natural phenomena, such as snowfall, drought, tornadoes, earthquakes or floods • Event planning, such as weddings or family reunions • Training for a marathon, learning to swim, or teaching others to swim • Preparation of a special dish • Gardening • Raising or training animals • Financial processes, such as balancing a checkbook or designing a household budget • Childcare, such as toilet training, teaching a child to read, or to ride a bike or elder care • Mechanical processes, such as driving a car with a manual transmission, putting together furniture, or painting a room or house This list is not prescriptive: you should think of a process that interests you and that you know something about, and that you think is interesting and useful for others to understand. Enjoy explaining the process of your choice to your colleagues!