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?Back to Top
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:
- Categorize things into useful classifications
- Make sure all the categories shadow a single unifying standard opinion
- Give examples and instances that is apt for each category
A classification essay takes a set of things and breaks it down in one of the ways:
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.
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.
The essay describes important features or characteristics of the subject.
Example: Important features of a cruiser are color, high speed, and an attractive
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 EssayBack to Top
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.
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:
- Hip hop
- Rhythm and Blues
Writing an Effective Division or Classification EssayBack to Top
Steps to write an effective classification or division essay are as follows:
- 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 OutlineBack to Top
- In the introduction, has the subject been clearly identified and the purpose of classifying in doing so?
- Has the opening sentences of the essay, provided the kinds of details that will evoke readers' curiosity in the topic?
- Has the particular type, style, or approach briefly explained where each body paragraph is identified and begins with a topic sentence?
- Is there adequate support for each topic sentence with specific informative and vivid details?
- Has logical plan in spacing the body paragraphs in the essay followed?
- Have clear distinctions between and among the different types, styles, or approaches made?
- Has unnecessary or repetitious information eliminated?
- Have clear transitions used in order to link the points and guide readers from one point to the next?
- In the conclusion, has the value of the classification highlighted or commended one type, style, or approach over the others?
- Are the sentences all through the essay clear and direct in length and structure?
- Could any sentences be improved by linking or restructuring them?
- Does the essay maintain a consistent tone with clear and precise words?
Classification Essay TopicsBack to Top
- 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
Of all the various modes, classification/division essays are the easiest essay to organize according to a three part thesis statement (the five paragraph essay). Many teachers like the three part thesis because it has an obvious structure and is, therefore, easier to grade. However, there are some problems with it. First, not all essays lend themselves to three divisions. Secondly, students often force essays into artificial divisions in the attempt to create three divisions.
Classification/division essays lend themselves to the three part thesis for several reasons. First, a two part classification/division is often overly simplistic. Second, classifications or divisions that exceed five in number are often unwieldy to discuss within the limits of an essay.
The classification essay organizes supporting details into three or more groups with each group having its own identifying characteristics. For this reason, classification essays rely heavily on description and example as supporting details or evidence, description providing the means for identifying distinguishing characteristics and examples illustrating the members of each class. Classification essays may also use short narratives or anecdotes as evidence to support or illustrate a class.
Elements of Classification
There are three elements to a classification essay: the of things being classified, the (or principle of selection) for classifying the set, and the into which the set is divided.
Any set which is to be classified must share a common characteristic or be able to be distinguished from things outside the set. Biology classifies living organisms (non-living materials lie outside the set). Students, pets, vacation spots, or other generic nouns can serve as a set to be classified.
A scheme is the quality, standard, type, or function by which the elements of the set are sorted into classes, that is, the principle of selection for creating the groups. Biologists classify living organisms based on life processes and qualities. Geologists sort rocks into igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, a classification based on how the rocks were formed. In order for a classification scheme to be effective it must be a significant, important, relevant, or valuable way to understand the set of things under consideration.
In general, when writing about each class, begin with an explanation of the descriptor, the characteristic which identifies the members of one class and differentiates the members of that class from the members of another class. Then include representative examples of the class. Often, a discussion of the class also includes an evaluation of the worth of this class or a comparison/contrast of this class to other classes within the scheme. Biologists frequently make reference to the ways in which members of a class are differentiated from members of other classes. For these reasons, modes which are used as methods within classification often include description, narration, definition, example, and comparison/contrast.
- Set: Students
Scheme: Intensity of interest in school
Classes: Absent, Apathetic, Bored, Interested, Avid
Significance, Importance, Relevance, or Value: The amount of interest students take toward school may reflect the amount of interest they will take toward their work and life in general.
- Set: Students
Organization of a Classification Essay
The introduction or lead-in to a classification essay will identify the set being classified and generally indicate the significance, importance, relevance, or value of the scheme being applied. The thesis statement frequently identifies the classes into which the set is being classified.
Topic sentences in classification essay body paragraphs should identify the class or group being considered and its relationship to the scheme for creating the classes. In classifying a set, more than one classification scheme may be possible, depending on why you are classifying the set and what can be gained from the classification scheme (its value); however, each essay should focus on one scheme for classifying the set.
Conclusions of classification essays often re-emphasize the significance, importance, relevance, or value of the scheme used to classify the set. Sometimes the conlusion will emphasize the most important grouping.
Confusing Modes: Sometimes students will confuse the classification essay with the example essay. Classification essays include examples, but the examples are given to illustrate the class. The class must be clearly defined and explained first, and then examples given as illustrations of the class.
Lack of Support: To be effective, each class must be clearly identified, using description to describe the unique characteristics of the class. Normally, each class should be a discreet group, that is, each member should only belong to one class. Also, when setting up classes, there should be more than one member in each class. Topic sentences in classification essay body paragraphs should identify the class or group being considered and how that group fits the scheme used to create the groups. Supporting sentences should describe the class or members of the class, give examples of members that fit the class, or tell stories about members of the class that show the members connection with the class.
In division essays, writers break down their subjects into parts for the purpose of understanding the subject. The relationship of these parts to the whole is then explained. Division essays often deal with systems and subsystems.
A division essay does not just break down a subject into a list of parts. For instance, an engine is made up of nuts, bolts, cylinders, gears, and other miscellaneous parts. But a division essay on a car would not focus on the individual pieces of the car but on the sub-systems of the car and how they relate to the whole. Like the classification essay, there are three elements to a division essay: the system, the principle of analysis, and the sub-systems.
For instance, in examining a car (system) to understand how it works (principle of analysis), a mechanic might divide the car into its separate subsystems: transmission, exhaust, electrical, engine, and so on. In order to understand the total system, the writer will need to explain how each sub-system functions, how it functions in relation to the other sub-systems, and how it functions in relation to the total system. To understand how a car uses energy (principle of analysis), a physicist might divide the total system into subsystems focusing on mechanical, chemical, and electrical energy.
One distinct difference between division essays and classification essays is that in classification essays, the members of each class must be distinct from the members of other classes (no item can be a member of more than one class). In division essays, individual parts might be members of more than one subsystem; however, the function of the part will be examined as it relates to each individual subsystem. For instance, the human body can be divided into subsystems that include the circulatory, the respiratory, and the excretory. The blood is an element of each of those systems, but its funtion is interpreted differently depending on the subsystem being discussed. Because division essays examine functionality, they frequently use process as a method. What distinguishes the division essay from the process essay is the focus on the interrelationship of processes both within subsystems and within the total system.
In addition to process, description, narration, and definition are frequent modes used as methods in division essays. Students should be careful not to confuse division with these other modes. Division essays identify the parts or subsystems of something in relation to the whole. Description or narration can be used to illustrate those parts or subsystems after the parts or subsystems have been defined and related to the whole. Topic sentences in division essay body paragraphs should clearly define the part as it functions in the whole.