Lab 5: Process Analysis Brainstorm
Step 1: Brainstorming:
1. What do you know how to do that others may want to learn? (ex: how to ice skate backwards, how to pack a backpack for a 2 month trip)
How to make Spanish sangria.
2. What is your Process you wish to Explain HOW to do
(ex: Learn how to backpack Southeast Asia on the cheap)
Learn how to mix the ingredients for a perfect Spanish sangria
3. Give a Catchy Title your explanation: (ex: A Beginners Guide to Backpacking Southeast Asia on a budget)
Step 2: Determine the end product or goal:
1. What do you want viewers to come away with? What will they understand? What is the End Result?
I want the viewers to walk away with being able to make a Spanish sangria. They will understand what kind of wine, fruit, glasses, etc. to use. The end result will be them being able to impress their friends and family.
Step 3: Audience
2. Who are you writing for? Classmates? Children? Friends? Coworkers? What age group? What skill set? (Be Specific!) How will this affect your essay? Prior Knowledge/No Knowledge?
My audience is everyone who is over 21 who enjoys making a refreshing
Step 4: Tone
1. How will you engage viewers and enhance their experience? (ex: make it funny, visual, dramatic, urgent, cautionary) What sort of tone is appropriate for your material? (ex: Serious, light-hearted, comical, dark, straight-forward, practical?)
Make it funny! Comical tone is appropriate.
Step 5: Content / Script: INFORMAL OUTLINE
1. How Many Steps?
2. What are they?
I. Pour the sugar in the bowl. Then pour the wine and mix until the sugar is dissolved.
II. Mix in the Brandy and Cinnamon
III. While that sits, cut the apples and peaches into bite size pieces.
IV. Then cut half an orange and half a lemon into slices. And then juice one orange and one lemon.
V. Now add the cut fruit to the wine. Then add the lemon and orange juice. Then add the lemon and orange slices and stir.
VI. Cover the wine with plastic wrap and leave it in the fridge for at least 3 hours, but for the best sangria let it sit overnight.
VII. Remove the sangria from the fridge and add the finishing touch, sprite soda. (Optional)
Step 6: Form
1. Will this be written only? If so, will it consist of narrative prose (basic paragraph structure), list items or both? If you plan to use photos, illustrations, videos etc., how will these elements enhance the ideas you are presenting and not just serve as a distraction? What will pictures/diagrams be of?
It will be written only. It will be basic paragraph structure.
Step 7: List Items Needed, such as Tools, Ingredients, etc.(Be thorough in preparing the items you need in advance of the demonstration and give the audience a list of such items.)
• Cinnamon stick
DESCRIBE & DEFINE anything unfamiliar to the audience
Step 8: Estimated Length
1. How much time will it take for the audience to know HOW to do the Process? (ex. 5 minutes, 2 days, 2 weeks etc.)
Practice makes perfect but it should only take 2 days at most. You can start right away, but for the best sangria it would take two days.
Step 9: Thesis Statement
Write an original THESIS STATEMENT. This will include the PROCESS (“HOW to”) + the intended/specific AUDIENCE + the REASON/PURPOSE for the process.
Example: Post-graduate college students (audience) will learn how to prepare for and survive a two month backpacking trip to Southeast Asia on a meager budget of $2,000 (process), so that they can have the adventure of a lifetime (reason/purpose).
Process Analysis is writing that explains HOW.
• Please write a Process Essay of about 800 words in which you clearly write a Directive or ExplanatoryEssay of something that you are interested in and/or an expert on.
• Look to your interests, hobbies, activities, and so on in order to identify a process to write about.
Format: (about 800 words)
Introduction (Lead, Thesis, Main Steps/Stages)
Essay 2: Process Analysis:
The Thesis Statement should name your PROCESS and the Reason/Purpose for writing the essay.
Ex: (“Everyone should learn to change a flat tire because there is always the chance of being alone on the road when a tire blows.”)
The Body paragraphs should present the process clearly, in order, and with lots of specific details and descriptions.
The Conclusion should tell the reader what they should expect to happen at the end of the process
Ex: (“When you have completed all the steps of changing a tire, your car will be ready to be driven. Now there will be no more excuses on why couldn’t make it to class on time”)
When developing a paragraph or essay through Process Analysis, you should keep several points in mind:
• Be sure to include all steps and arrange them in sequence/chronological (beginning to end).
• Explain why each step is necessary, and include warnings where appropriate.
• Define any terms that your readers may not know
• Offer clear Descriptions of any tools, items, or materials needed to carry out the process.
• Provide your readers with a way of determining whether or not the process has been carried out successfully.
• No “I” use the Third-person point of view* (he, she, it, they etc.)
• You may addDiagrams or drawings to the written text
• Include LOTS of clear TRANSITIONS(First, Next, Then, Finally etc.)
• A process analysis is not complete until it Explains How the Process ends – and the Significance of that result