Classifications—Writing about Categories:
Requirements and Planning Guide

This guide contains requirements for this assignment and a planning process for thinking about key details of this assignment:

  1. Requirements
  2. Planning process


For this writing project, you write about how something can be divided into a set of categories. Please write a categorization-type classification of four or more paragraphs. (If you prefer to write the other type of classification, get in touch with your instructor.)

Here are the suggestions for this classification project:

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Use this planner to define the key details for your classification. When you are through, you can e-mail this planning information to yourself (and to your instructor, if you wish).

  1. To get started on this project, read the sections on classification and definition in the online textbook. (You need to know about definition in order to understand the discussion of classification.)
  2. Be sure and take a look at the classification examples at classification examples.
  3. In the box below, enter the name of the set of categories you plan to discuss.
  4. Describe the intended audience for your classification—who are these readers? Why do they need this classification? (Try using the audience planner for this.)
  5. List the types, classes, or categories you plan to discuss in your classification.
  6. In the box below, explain the principle of classification you'll use to divide the categories you plan to discuss.
  7. Discussing individual categories is much like writing extended definitions. List the sources of definition (description, process, comparison, etc.) you can use to discuss the individual categories in your classification. ("Sources" are explained in the online textbook chapter on definitions.)
  8. Classification often makes use of formal sentence definitions to define the individual categories as well as the whole classification. (For example, apples, oranges, bananas, as well as fruit). In the box below, sketch formal sentence definitions for each category and the classification as a whole. (Formal sentence definitions are explained in the online textbook chapter on definitions.)
  9. List the first- and second-level headings you'll use in this classification. (See the chapter on headings in the online textbook.
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