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Process:



Examples: A process essay may explain . . .

* how to properly re-pot a plant;
* how an individual came to appreciate hard work.
A process essay describeshow something is done. It generally explains actions that should be performed in a series. It can explain in detail how to accomplish a specific task, or it can show how anindividual came to a certain personal awareness. The essay could be in the form of step-by-step instructions, or in story form, with the instructions/explanations subtly given alongthe way.



Argumentative:



Examples: An argumentative essay may persuade a reader that . . .

* he or she should use public transportation instead of driving.
*cats are better than dogs.
An argumentative essay is one that attempts to persuade the reader to the writer's point of view. The writer can either be serious or funny, butalways tries to convince the reader of the validity of his or her opinion. The essay may argue openly, or it may attempt to subtly persuade the reader by using irony or sarcasm.Critical:



Examples: A critical essay may analyze . . .

* how Shakespeare presents the character, Othello, in his play, Othello;
* the strengths and weaknesses ofthe movie, Children of a Lesser God;
* the use of color in Monet's painting, Sunflowers.
A critical essay analyzes the strengths, weaknesses and methods of someone else's work.Generally these essays begin with a brief overview of the main points of the text, movie, or piece of art, followed by an analysis of the work's meaning. It should then discusshow well the author/creator accomplishes his/her goals and makes his/her points. A critical essay can be written about another essay, story, book, poem, movie, or work of art.
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