Pattern of Development Essay

Here are the main patterns of development for an essay (also called Rhetorical Modes). Please download and read through this brief Power Point that may clarify a few things
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Narration
Description
Definition
Division/Classification
Comparison/Contrast
Cause/Effect
Argumentation
Process Analysis
Illustration
You are to select a topic of your choice (I suggest coming up with one from your major or field of study) and write the essay using one or more of these patterns of development. These patterns often overlap.

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For example, a narration will rarely occur without description. An analysis can use all of these modes. Here are topic ideas:

Write a definition essay of an abstract concept (justice, freedom, spirituality, education, equinimity, compassion, unconditional love, intelligence, etc.) using narration, description, definition, comparison/contrast, cause/effect).
Write a story of how you stumbled into your field of study (using narration, description and definition)
Write a Process Analysis essay over a procedure you need to know for your field (include narration and description)
Write a comparison/contrast essay using illustration, analysis (different types of relationships? Attitudes? jobs? approaches to solving an issue?
Write a definition essay of an abstract concept (justice, freedom, spirituality, education, equinimity, compassion, unconditional love, intelligence, etc.) using narration, description, definition, comparison/contrast, cause/effect).

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Pre-write, write, and revise to create an essay using a specific pattern of development or a combination of patterns (4-5 pages, double-spaced). Submit the final version of your essay here, for the instructor’s formal evaluation and grade. This essay does not require sources, but if you do use sources, then follow all the rules you learned in Module 4: Use signal phrases, citations, parenthetical notes, engagement with sources and a Works Cited page.

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