Definition And Classification Essay

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How many of you classified your lecturers in accordance with your likes and dislikes. Sometimes, you may wish to classify your teachers to convince your parents that all of them are excellent mentors. What is the basis of classification that is used? Why do you classify them? How did you determine the various mentors? Your basis of classification could be lecture methods, type of work required, techniques used in teaching or professional qualifications. The introduction of a classification essay must create an environment for and the importance of the classification.

What are Division and Classification Essay?

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Classification is a method of writing an essay by arranging persons, things, articles, thoughts or ideas with collective features into specific classes or sets. Classification is a method of inquiry that studies various objects and then assembles them according to mutual individualities. A classification or division essay groups objects, people, or actions into types by the characteristics that they share. Usually the writer begins with an array of people or things and then divides them into subcategories or categories. 

In short, a classification essay is where a writer arranges, organizes, classifies, or sorts, things into categories
Three Steps to Effective Classification:
  1. Categorize things into useful classifications
  2. Make sure all the categories shadow a single unifying standard opinion
  3. Give examples and instances that is apt for each category
Writing a Classification Essay
A classification essay takes a set of things and breaks it down in one of the ways:

Parts
The essay breaks the topic down into component parts that make the topic whole.
Example: Three important parts of a bike are the engine, the suspension, and the body.

Types
The essay breaks the topic down into the main types of the subject.
Example: Three main types of bikes on the road today are sports bikes, cruiser, and roadster.

Characteristics
The essay describes important features or characteristics of the subject.
Example: Important features of a cruiser are color, high speed, and an attractive
exterior.

Division
is a method of study and group that studies a single element or a single type of element by splitting it into its component parts. As a result of such division, writer and audience understand
  • the parts
  • the relationship of the parts to each other
  • the relation of the parts to the whole item
  • the whole item

Example of a Classification Essay

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Classification can be used to describe a subject. For example, you can describe a concept (like a bad student) by splitting it into the features (lethargic, uncreative, and ignorant), and then define or give instances of each characteristic.
Classification Structure
Introduction - States thesis
Body - Classifies, in separate paragraphs, the various categories, with examples
Conclusion - Paraphrases the categories of the thesis and, significance or stresses the value of this classification system

A classification or division essay takes what you studied about using examples in the illustration essay and relates those examples more definitely to a thesis. In other words, examples must be used that which determines the method of the composition: either how ideas or things may be gathered into categories by classifying or how an idea or thing may be separated into parts by dividing. Example:


Sports Activities
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
Music
  • Rock
  • Hip hop
  • Country-western
  • Jazz
  • Trance
  • Rhythm and Blues

Writing an Effective Division or Classification Essay

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Steps to write an effective classification or division essay are as follows:
Division Structure:
  • Introduction - States thesis
  • Body - Reduces the parts, in separate paragraphs, with examples and with transitions to provide a sense of connection
  • Conclusion - Reaffirms the parts of the thesis and the significance, attempts a new understanding of the integral parts

1. Create a subject
Select at topic that has a wide-ranging combination that can be classified or divided into subdivisions or classifications.

2. Determine the categories
Be thorough and don't leave out a critical category.

3. Present a clear thesis
The thesis must inform the reader of the subject about the essay and ascertain the categories or sets.

4. Classify by a single norm
Once you have categories, ensure that they fit into the same organizing opinion.

5. Support similarly each category with examples
Give the same number of examples, for each category.

6. Follow an organizational outline
An outline of the clusters and their individualities including specific details that form a basis will help write a logical classification essay.

7. Use transitions
Transitional words help the reader follow the groupings, set or collection.

8. Lure a conclusion
Reiterate the thesis and reach a conclusion regarding the group and subgroup. Conclusions for classification essays offer a chance for originality, creativity including humor or an endorsement.


Classification Essay Outline

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  1. In the introduction, has the subject been clearly identified and the purpose of classifying in doing so?
  2. Has the opening sentences of the essay, provided the kinds of details that will evoke readers' curiosity in the topic?
  3. Has the particular type, style, or approach briefly explained where each body paragraph is identified and begins with a topic sentence?
  4. Is there adequate support for each topic sentence with specific informative and vivid details?
  5. Has logical plan in spacing the body paragraphs in the essay followed?
  6. Have clear distinctions between and among the different types, styles, or approaches made?
  7. Has unnecessary or repetitious information eliminated?
  8. Have clear transitions used in order to link the points and guide readers from one point to the next?
  9. In the conclusion, has the value of the classification highlighted or commended one type, style, or approach over the others?
  10. Are the sentences all through the essay clear and direct in length and structure?
  11. Could any sentences be improved by linking or restructuring them?
  12. Does the essay maintain a consistent tone with clear and precise words?

Classification Essay Topics

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Classification Essay Topics are mentioned below:
  • Classification of historical events in US
  • Countries classification (territory, popularity, etc)
  • Sport Cars Classification
  • Most Popular TV Shows in India
  • Children-parents relations;
  • Students and their study habits
  • Christmas gifts
  • Halloween costumes
  • Reality shows on television
  • Dancing styles
  • Ways of boring people
  • Attitudes toward money
  • Television comedies
  • Attitudes toward politics
  • Most annoying songs

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WRITING A CLASSIFICATION PAPER

Classification is sorting things into groups or categories on a single basis of division. A classification paper says something meaningful about how a whole relates to parts, or parts relate to a whole. Like skimming, scanning, paraphrasing, and summarizing, classification requires the ability to group related words, ideas, and characteristics.

Prewriting and purpose
It is a rare writer, student or otherwise, who can sit down and draft a classification essay without prewriting. A classification paper requires that you create categories, so prewriting for a classification paper involves grouping things in different ways in order to discover what categories make the most sense for the purpose you intend.

An important part of creating useful categories is seeing the different ways that things can be grouped. For example, a list of United States presidents may be grouped in any number of ways, depending on your purpose. They might be classified by political party, age on taking office, or previous occupations, but you could just as well, depending on your purpose, classify them by the pets they keep or how they keep physically fit. If your purpose was to analyze presidential administrations, you would group information focusing on the presidents' more public actions–say, cabinet appointments and judicial nominations. On the other hand, if you intended to write about the private lives of presidents, you might select information about personal relationships or hobbies.

Make sure the categories you create have a single basis of classification and that the group fits the categories you propose. You may not, for example, write about twentieth century presidents on the basis of the kinds of pets they kept if some of those presidents did not keep pets. The group does not fit the category. If you intend to talk about all the presidents, you must reinvent the categories so that all the presidents fit into it. In the example below, the group is "all U.S. presidents" and the two categories are "those who kept pets and those who did not":

Some U.S. presidents have indulged their love of pets, keeping menageries of animals around the White House, and others have preferred the White House pet-free.

Alternatively, in the following example, the group is "twentieth century U.S. presidential pet-keepers" and the three categories are "dog lovers, cat lovers, and exotic fish enthusiasts."

Among the twentieth century presidents who kept pets, presidential pet-keepers can be classified as dog-lovers, cat-lovers, or exotic fish enthusiasts (for who can really love a fish?).

Developing a thesis
Once you have decided on your group, purpose, and categories, develop a thesis statement that does the following three things:

  • names what group of people or things you intend to classify
  • describes the basis of the classification
  • labels the categories you have developed

Here is a thesis statement for a classification paper written for a Health and Human Fitness class that includes all three of the above elements, underlined:

Our last five U.S. presidents have practiced physical fitness regimens that varied from the very formal to the informal. They have been either regular private gym-goers, disciplined public joggers, or casual active sports enthusiasts.

Ordering categories
Order is the way you arrange ideas to show how they relate to one another. For example, it is common to arrange facts and discussion points from most- to least-important or from least- to most-important, or from oldest to most recent or longest to shortest. The example thesis statement above is ordered from most- to least-formal physical fitness activities. There is no one right way; use an ordering system that seems best to suit your purpose and the type of information you are working with.

For example, suppose you are writing about the last five U.S. presidents for a psychology class. If you wish to show that these presidents' public decisions spring directly from negative issues in their personal relationships, you might order your information from most private to more public actions to clearly establish this connection. Or, if you wish to give the reader the impression that he is moving into increasingly intimate knowledge of personal presidential foibles, you may choose the reverse, ordering your information from public to private.

Signal words
Signal phrases, or transitions, typically used for classification papers include the following:

  • this type of...
  • several kinds of...
  • in this category...
  • can be divided into...
  • classified according to...
  • is categorized by...

These phrases signal to the reader your intention to divide and sort things. They also contribute to the unity of the paper.

Classification requires that you invent (or discover) abstract categories, impose them on a concrete whole, and derive something new-a tall order that you can, nevertheless, manage if you resist the temptation to skip the brainstorming steps. Remember that clinical dissection is never an aim in itself; the point of classification is to reveal and communicate something meaningful.

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