English Classification Essay

How should I go about choosing my topic?

Begin by reading the explanations below.  Examples of each are provided below!

  • Division Essay: find a topic that people might tend to underestimate or over-simplify.  In other words, choose something that the average person might not know much about, and therefore can't really understand how complex or interesting that topic really is.  Your job in the essay will be to break your topic down into meaningful and important categories.

  • Classification Essay: think about the categories we place things in everyday and the characteristics of those categories.  The topic you choose should allow you to argue that something has been misplaced.

How should I organize this essay?

As you write, keep these guidelines in mind: 

  1. Your thesis statement and introduction will need to explain why these divisions/ classifications should matter to your reader.
  2. Your thesis statement and introduction MUST define or explain the category you plan to discuss (i.e. A sport is a competitive, physical activity therefore cheerleading should be considered a sport.)
  3. You should organize your body paragraphs so that each division or category has it's own paragraph or section. (i.e. cardio exercise is paragraph 1 and weightlifting is paragraph 2, etc.)

Division Essay Examples

If you want to lose weight, simply saying that you're going to "exercise" everyday may not be the most effective way to do so.  Exercising is more complex than many people realize--attaining your goals will involve understanding how different types of exercise can help you achieve your goals.   

Types of Exercise

  • cardio: burns calories and strengthens your heart (running, using an elliptical or stair-stepping machine, etc.)
  • weight lifting: tones muscles, increases physical strength, burns fat (using weights or weighted machines)
  • recreational/sports: depending on the sport, can provide both cardio and toning benefits (cycling, tennis, kayaking)

We could also narrow this topic down a bit further and write about the important differences between different types of cycling.

Types of Cycling:  stationary (exercise) biking, road biking, mountain biking, recreational biking

Classification Essay Examples

To write this type of essay, we'll need to think about things that should or should not be placed in a particular category.

Example: Batman (that's our topic!) is not a superhero (category people place him in), but is simply a local vigilante (category he belongs in).

Ask yourself: Why do I think that...?

  • Does not possess super powers (powers most humans don't possess).  
  • Chooses to be a hero, rather than being "chosen" by others/other forces.

Example: Cheerleading (That's our topic!) should be considered a sport (It belongs in the category, "sports"). 

Ask yourself: Why do I think that...?

  • cheerleaders go to "practice" and must be in good physical shape
  • cheerleaders work together toward a common goal
  • cheerleaders must "try out" for their squad and often compete against other squads

Sample Papers

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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