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13.3: Tips for Writing the Classification Essay

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  • The most important issue in classification is making your categories distinct and unique from each other. Students must refine any overlapping categories to make the grouping effective. In addition, make sure your examples within the individual categories fit the description of that category.

    Topic Ideas

    • Types of pets
    • Video games
    • Careers in your field of interest
    • High school cliques
    • Personal electronic devices
    • Sports
    • Ways to watch movies or TV shows
    • Study strategies
    • Personalities

    Chapter Questions for Comprehension

    Answer the following questions regarding the classification essay referring to the previous information presented here. Be sure to use complete sentences.

    1. What are the key elements of the classification essay? Describe them briefly.
    2. What one new writing strategy did you learn by reading the chapter?
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