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Your name

Your teacher’s name

Eng. 101-section number


Process Analysis Essay: (Replace this title with your own)

. Your essay will explain how people become artists or athletes, or how they prepare for

special events. I encourage you to base your essay on Frida’s Bed, by Slavenka Drakulic.

Answering one of the following questions will lead you to a workable topic:

• How does Frida Kahlo become a painter? Consider her family, her personality, her
health, and the processes she endures. Choose three-to-five significant events, factors, or
combination of events and factors that led her to become an artist

• How did you become an athlete, artist, writer, dancer, minister, or follower of another
creative path? If younger people wanted to become one of these things, what process
might they follow to become what you have become?

• How do you prepare for an important event such as a marathon, an artistic performance,
an interview, etc.? Include intellectual, physical, and emotional preparation.

Turn in two-to-three pages, roughly between 500 and 700 words. Your final draft should

look like the first part of this assignment sheet: your information will appear on the upper left,

the header on the upper right, and the title centered. Do not make “Process Analysis Essay” part

of the title. Double-space your paper, use 12-point type, and indent the first line of each


NOTES: When you write about what happens in a novel, be sure to keep everything in the
present tense.

When you take exact words from the novel, place quotation marks around the
words and give the page number afterwards. If you use specific material from the
novel but in your own words, you still need to give page numbers.
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Writing Process:
1. Read the directions in your text for structuring process analysis essays. “My First Conk,”
the first 25 pages of Frida’s Bed, and “Why Johnny Can’t Fail,” may give you ideas.
Free writing and making clusters listing are useful inventing techniques. An outline or a
list of steps would help you organize your essay. (See chapter 2).
2. Decide on an audience and specific purpose for your essay. Write for imaginary readers,
but think of a real place they would see your work. Decide what you want your audience
to do after they read your work.
3. Craft a specific thesis: It needs to tell the readers about the process that follows and let
them know why it is important. By reading the thesis, your reader should also know your
4. Organize and write your paper. Do more prewriting when necessary and realize that order
is very important to process analysis.
Revising Process:
Remember that other students will read your work. Do not write anything you are not

willing to share. You will peer review your drafts and may participate in other activities.

Remember to:

Express one idea per paragraph. All paragraphs should relate to the thesis.

1. Make sure the process follows a logical order.

2. Focus on words and sentences. Express one thought per sentence. Make all
sentences relate to the central idea of the paragraph.
3. Make sure all the words work together in the sentence. For example, subjects
and verbs should agree, nouns and pronouns should agree, and voice should
be consistent.
Due Dates:

Wednesday, Sept. 22: Invent / draft in class.

Thursday, Sept. 23: Work day for essays.

Friday, Sept. 24: Work day for essays

Monday, Sept. 27: Peer review essays

Tuesday, Sept. 28: Peer review essays.

Wednesday, Sept. 29: Process Analysis Essays due.

Thursday, Sept. 30: Process Analysis Essays due.
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