This page updated: 02/01/2020
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.
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.