Classification : How to organize your draft?

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When we apply classification of information, we organize it according to some system. When you’re writing, you can create such a system in order to organize what you have to say and set pattern for developing your ideas.

For Example :

You could organize painters according to time period – Renaissance, nineteenth century, modern and so on. You can organize writers by genre – novelists, essayists, technical writers, science writers, etc. Any such system lets you break down your material into component parts and then explain the typical characteristics of those parts.

You can set up categories according to cost, class, usefulness, politics and status – almost any yardstick you like.

In the following paragraph the author classifies the different kinds of horses in nineteenth century England by their uses.

Horses were specialized in what they could do. The hack was the ordinary, every horse you used for just clip clopping along. In addition, there was the sleek, nervous racehorse. Also the hunter – a horse bred specifically for fox hunting.[…] for fat people, there were cobs – short, sturdy draft horses suitable for carrying or pulling ready loads, for riding, stallions were usually too frisky, geldings best and mares were in between, but women and children favored ponies. Were smaller and easier to handle than horses and if women did drive horses they usually drove a one – horse carriage […] on horseback, ladies rode side saddle, alternative sides each day so as not to develop an over enhanced buttock on one side. (
Daniel Pool : What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew)

Other Pages in This Section :

Reasoning from Evidence

Assertion and Support


Cause and Effect

Comparison and Contrast


Choosing and Combining Patterns

Successful Writing Index

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