Process Paragraph Basics: How to Write a Process Paragraph

Selecting An Idea

When you tell someone how to do something in chronological order or in logical steps, you are telling someone how to complete a process. Writing the process can be completed in one well developed paragraph.

Once you decide the type, you need to select a topic. You may need to leave your little sister written directions on how to load the dishwasher properly. Or, you may need to write down the instructions for your brother on how to change the oil in his car, so he does not forget. You may even need to write directions on how to complete tonight’s calculus homework. Your best friend does not understand the teacher’s lesson but understands your instructions. These are just a few examples of when a process paragraph can be helpful.

Other topic ideas for a class assignment:

  • how to get a date to the school dance
  • how to put together an outfit on budget
  • how to show an animal at the fair
  • how to build a strong toothpick bridge for industrial tech class
  • how to perform a lay-up, a tackle, a toe-touch, a spike, or a goal
  • how to organize your locker or notebook

Run Through of the Steps

The three main steps in writing a process paragraph are as follows: write a topic sentence, write the body that includes the steps to complete the process, and write a conclusion. The process paragraph should be six or more sentences.

Step 1) Write a Solid Topic Sentence

The topic sentence should be first and tell what you will be explaining or what directions you will give. It should tell your topic, tell the process that will be explained in the paragraph and make a point.

Don’t write: This is how you organize a three-ring binder.

Write: If you want to stay organized in English class, spend time placing items in your three-ring binder in logical order.

Step 2) Body or Detail Sentences

The body of the process paragraph is all about the steps. They are generally given in time order. Before writing the body of the paragraph, it is helpful to make a numbered list of all the steps that need to be followed. Then write the body. Make sure to use transitional words for good flow of ideas.

Step 3) Conclusion

End the paragraph with a concluding sentence. It should restate the topic and wrap up the paragraph.

Once you have written your first draft, make sure to check that the whole paragraph flows smoothly and check for any grammar mistakes. Then, write a final copy for your teacher.