Process descriptions, also called process analyses, are technical documents that ask you to detail a complicated process for readers who want or need to learn that information. Biology textbooks, for instance, break down technical concepts such as how the body converts adenosine triphosphate (ATP) to usable energy.

To complete this assignment, you will need to work on the following skills:

• Writing clearly and concisely

• Writing concrete details

• Organizing logical steps

• Analyzing causes, resultants, and consequences


You will write a process description over two drafts. Your process description must be 900-1200 words (3-4 double-spaced pages). Here is your rhetorical situation:

Subject: The process you write about should be tied to your term project. For instance, if you are investigating the security of blockchain, your process description might cover something like, “how encryption secures digital data.” If you are writing about efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade, you might write about “how a federal law is nullified.” The process you pick should be reasonably complicated: something you might find in a 100-level textbook on your field

Occasion, Audience, Purpose: You have been asked by a professor who admires your work to write a process description for inclusion in a 100-level (or general-education) textbook on your topic. Your purpose is to inform students about complicated processes about which they may have a little bit of background.