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Assignment 11: Instructive essay
Below is the prompt if you want to take a stab at it. This is the one I haven’t yet started so it’d be an appreciated help if you felt like completing it.
The Instructive Essay, also known as a Process Essay, is an essay that tries to explain, instruct, or inform your audience how to do a task.
The purpose of the essay is very different from a persuasive, research, or literary essay. The goal is to provide as much information to your reader as possible in the most clear, concise format. Clarity and brevity are of the upmost importance in this style.
There are several resources online that may help you in this task, but some key points to remember are:
first and foremost, assume that your topic is new to the reader. You will need to explain all relevant details, particularly definitions of what may seem (to you) to be common knowledge
write in a chronological or logical order. Lay out your steps as they would appear in practice.
explain the purpose of each step
use transition phrases throughout! (First, Second, Next, Afterwards, etc.)
avoid leaving out any steps! It may be easy to skip over a key, if basic step or piece of information.
In places, it can also be useful to include diagrams, flow-charts, illustrations or pictures in an instructive essay. You can create your own (which I recommend) or you can use others so long that they are properly cited!
Finally, your essay should be NO MORE than 750 words. Part of this task is a challenge to be both clear, thorough, AND concise.
Pick ONE of the following topics:
1) How to ride a bicycle
Consider: this is meant for someone who has seen a bike, but has never ridden one. They are unfamiliar with all of the terms for different bicycle parts (pedals, chain, handlebars, etc.)
2) How to make a meal (of your choice!)
Pick a full dinner meal that consists of more than one dish. For example, a salad and a pasta dish.
Consider: this is meant for someone who has heard of the dishes you will be making, but has never seen or eaten them. They are unfamiliar with all of the terms for different cooking items (pots, pans, spatulas, etc.)
Your essay will marked according to a 6-point scale and scaled to 25 marks. There may be added deductions if you go over the 750 word limit or if problems with spelling and grammar are distracting and/or impede meaning. If you are unfamiliar with the 6-point scale, please see below