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Classification

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Classification Paragraphs

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Introduction: 

 

You've done so well with compare/contrast writing, that it's time to show you a more complex paragraph format that allows you to compare, contrast, define, and categorize ideas.  It's called classification.

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What's the difference?

At first blush, classification writing sounds a lot like compare & contrast.  In some ways it is.  But classification writing can give the writer more flexibility in showing relationships because you can

  • Define categories or qualities that help explain relationships, 

  • Show how items meet the qualities you've listed, 

  • Explain points of misunderstanding by showing how items "fit" or "don't fit" the definition, and

  • Pick and choose as many examples as you need to explain.  You are not limited to "just" the items from a Venn diagram.