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classification paragraphs

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Classification Paragraph: the purpose of a classification paragraph is to clearly define something and place it in a group according to some basis or rule so that it only fits in one group. In order to be sucessful at this you have to be very detailed.


The same information can be classified into more than one category, but the classification paragraph sticks to one basis of classification. The topic sentence has two parts: the topic, and the basis of classification, which is the controlling idea; it controls how the writer approaches the subject.


Classify- to gather into types, kinds, or categories according to a single basis of division.


Logical sequence- list the categories in this order: either most to least outrageous, least to most expensive, from largest to smallest and so on.


Transitional expressions:

  • can be divided
  • can be classified
  • can be categorized
  • the first type
  • the second kind
  • the last category

Here are a few examples of a classification paragraph:


Cabinet Shops and Their Machinery

Cabinet shops can be categorized by both the shop that is used and the type(s) of machinery that they might have in them. There are a few different types of cabinet shops and they are; the home hobbyist’s shop, mom and pop shops, residential shops, and commercial shops. The home hobbyist normal works out their home or possibly their garage, and they might not have very much space to work with. The home hobbyist normally doesn’t do a lot of production items, but their main focus is to do things around their homes or small furniture items. The tools that they are able to use within their limited space are mainly just hand operated hand tools. Those tools might include palm sanders, jig saws, handheld circular saws, and anything else that they might be able to fit into a tight space. The second type is the Mom and Pop shops which usually run out of something a bit bigger than a garage, like a barn or it is possible they have a small shop away from their house to work in. There are still a lot of handheld power tools like the ones listed for the home hobbyist, but there is now the need to have more tools in the shop. In this kind of shop along with their handheld tools you might find machines like; wide belt sanders, sliding table saws, and planners. This way they are able to produce more than the home hobbyist could. The third type is the residential shops, and they typically have a larger warehouse or another kind of building for them to do their work out of. Not only does this require way more tools and heavy machinery, but it could possibly mean that they will need to get extra people to work for them to help with the jobs. In commercial shops you are still likely to find the same machines that were in the Mom and Pop shops like; planners, sliding table saws, and wide belt sanders. You also might see other added machinery like; boring machines, hinge boring machines, and edgebanders that will help in the speedy but quality work that is produced from this kind of shop. The last type of shop that you can find is commercial shops. These shops tend to be big factories and tend to whip out a lot of product in a minimal amount of time. The reason that a big factory is needed is to house the heavy machinery, to have room to assemble products, the room to store materials, and the room to be able to load semi-trucks up with the goods. These shops will also have pretty much the same machines to start out with that the last two shops had, but they will need to add a lot more to that to become as good as possible. State of the art equipment is employed, such as CNC(Computer Numerically Controlled) machining centers, laser engraving machines, computerized edgebanders, spraying areas and booths, and curing machines. Almost everything that can be done is computer controlled to pump out monolithic amounts of cabinet components ready to be assembled, finish sprayed, and sent out throughout the world.

~© 2005 Jessica Johnson~

Rock Music

There are three different types of rock music, alternative rock, classic rock, and hard rock, also known as metal. Alternative rock features a steady bass drum laying down the beat, with easy flowing guitar riffs over the top. The bass line is toned town, and the lyrics are sung with intensity an authority. Depending on the song, the guitars can either be acoustic guitars or electric guitars. Classic rock combines a steady driving bass drum sound, with high snare overtones, steady and often repeating guitar riffs, and an intensive bass line. The guitars are more often than not all electric guitars, and distortion is rarely used. The lyrics are sung with style and enthusiasm. Hard rock, or metal, features a hard rolling bass drum with an abundant amount of cymbal work. This style of rock uses several electric guitars with heavy distortion to bring a very intense sound. A hard, intense, driving bass line rounds out the style. The lyrics aren’t really sung so much as screamed. It doesn’t matter what your preference is, each different style of rock music is unique on its own.

~© 2005 Kristian Anderson~

Daters Beware

Men can be categorized by the way they treat women while dating into three groups: a social addict, a content lover, or a keeper. The first type, a social addict, is the type of man who is constantly late and everything is on his time. Social addicts are particularly self absorbed. For your birthday this type of dater will give you a gift such as a necklace, so that everybody can notice it. When it comes down to emotions and feelings, a social addict will say whatever he assume you want to hear at any given moment. The second type of dater, a content lover, is a guy who will come and go as he pleases. These men just seem to be in attendance but not involved. When he is with you, he will not open up and share his thoughts. A content lover will forget your birthday all together. Lastly there is the keeper who will not keep you waiting; in fact, he always plans ahead and involves you in the decision making. To them, your birthday is tremendously important. They will give you time for your friends and family; in addition, they always make unique plans for the two of you later that evening. Unlike the other types of daters, the keeper will attempt to be 100% in touch with their feelings towards you and are willing to talk about them. Men’s dating styles differ; nonetheless, it all comes down to what behavior you are in the mood for.

~© 2005 Kayla Maire Anfinson~

Here is my classification paragraph. I classified computer languages used for creating web pages. My transitional phrases are the first type, second type and third type. Not very original, but they work!


Computer Languages

A computer language used for creating web documents can be classified according to its purpose: HTML, JavaScript, and CCS. The first type of computer language, HTML, is the basic language for creating an HTML, or web document. HTML, or Hypertext Markup Language was developed in the 1980’s and revised until it reached its current form. The style and content of a webpage is determined by HTML code, tags, and attributes. A text file ending with the.html extension is written in a text editor such as Notepad, and then interpreted by a browser. For example, the MSUGF homepage contains images, text, links, headers and other HTML elements specified by HTML code which causes it to display in a web browser such as Internet Explorer. The second type of computer language, CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets is also a language used for creating web pages; however, its purpose is to describe a pages structure and style. An inline, embedded, or external style-sheet is used in accompaniment to HTML and indicates styles for features like fonts, colors, images and text. CSS is also used to position elements on a web page, and to format how the page is displayed on various output devices, including printed documents, monitors and handheld devices. The third language, JavaScript, is a computer language used for creating executable applications in web documents. Like HTML and CSS, JavaScript is created with a text editor and displayed by a browser. An application is composed of objects like expressions, variables, values and operators. An automatically updated time or date on a web page is a JavaScript application. A script can be produced for various functions including hiding e-mail addresses from spammers, or performing mathematical functions. HTML, JavaScript, and CSS computer languages used for indicating the style, content, and formatting of elements within web pages are constantly being revised to improve usability for the programmer and the end-user and to offer endless options for web design.

~© 2005 Kelly Byron~

Types of Friends

Friends can be classified according to their honesty, loyalty, the type that fits you into their schedule, or the type that finds time for you when they need something. An honest friend tells you the truth even if it’s not always what you want to hear. In the long run, that honest friend may have saved you from embarrassment or possibly rejection. They give you constructive criticism overall. The loyal friend is the type of friend that will be there for you through the thick and the thin. They don’t care how good or bad you may look one day; they are sensitive to your feelings, they respect you and the other people in your life, and most of all they will never let you down when times are hard. They may be what you call a best friend. The third group, the person that fits you into their schedule, is the type of person that is always on the go. They barely have time for themselves let alone another person. More than likely they will not be there for you when you need them most, because they are so wrapped up in their busy, hectic life. Then you have the self-absorbent type of “friend” that finds time for you only when they need something. This type of person isn’t what you would call a friend. This person may always be extremely nice to you because they know that if are nice to you then they will more than likely get what they want. They will call you every once in awhile when it is almost time for them to use that person again. It may be for a ride to work, home, or they just want somebody to hangout with because they have no other friends. If the person that is being used is smart they will eventually realize that they are getting used and will stop being there for that person.

~© 2005 Amy Neill~

Dancers at a Party

Dancers at a party can be classified according to their ability to dance. You have the exotic dancers, country dancers, single dancers, and the people that have no rhythm. The exotic dancers move around the floor and each other appearing as though they are going to have intercourse right there on the dance floor. When they are dancing, it seems like there is no one around but themselves. For example, the couple that is dancing may dance really close, bumping and grinding against each other. The country dancers know their partner and the moves to the dance. They have to know exactly what the other is going to do. They generally stay around the same section of the floor. Single dancers are the people who dance around the floor by themselves. They either do not have a partner, or their partner does not dance. They usually move around the dance floor freely. This type of dancer may or may not appear foolish to everyone else. Lastly, the people with no rhythm do not know how to dance at all. They just do whatever they like on the dance floor, do not care what others think, and do appear foolish to others. My mother’s boyfriend is a perfect example of this class. He likes to bend his knees while moving his feet around, sticking his butt out, moving his forearms in sync, and moving his head back and forth (not in sync with his arms). All of this is off beat with the music. It is very hilarious watching him dance. But, the beauty of it all is that it does not matter which type of dancer you are, as long as you enjoy yourself!

~© Kelly Deck 2005~

Dancers at a Party

Dancers at a party usually fall into three categories: the person who dances to every song, the dancer who comes out of their shell when they’re drunk, and the person who stays away from the dance floor all night. Dance fanatics are typically the bubbly girls who love to be the center of attention. As soon as the music starts they are on the floor shakin’ what their mama gave them. The second type is the drunken dancer. These are the people we get a kick out of the most. Guys usually fall into this category. These types of people will sit in the corner drinking their beverages until they muster up the courage to join in on the fun. In the beginning of the party they are afraid of embarrassing themselves, but as the night goes on all worries are swallowed along with their liquid courage. Lastly is the person who sits in the corner the entire night. They are usually deathly afraid of embarrassing themselves. Another reason they are not dancing could be that their girlfriends or boyfriends are not there and they don’t want to dance with other people. One more reason that would be totally obvious is that they are injured and they just can’t move like every one else. There are usually people from all three types of categories at typical parties, no matter who they are though the all manage to have fun in the end.

~(c)Ashley Neill 2005


Shoppers in Wal-Mart can be classified according to the attitudes that they display. There are many subcategories, but the observant people-watcher can detect five general types. They are: the purposeful shopper, the leisurely shopper, the hypnotized shopper, the bored shopper, and the angry shopper. The purposeful shopper is one who is intent and organized. They are short on time. They stride in the store purposefully, and they go directly to the appropriate aisle(s). They get what they need, and they get out of the store quickly. The leisurely shopper enjoys shopping, and strolls along deriving pleasure from viewing all the different objects that can be purchased and displayed in their homes and offices. It is somewhat of a pastime for them. The hypnotized shopper wears a dazed expression on his or her face. They are dazzled by the bright lights, and the sheer cubic footage of the massive box store. The endless array of goods leeches their will and intent the moment they enter the store. They will walk away from the store with far more than they intended. The bored shopper is usually brought into the store slightly against their will. Men and children fall into this category. The only exception to this group is if the men or children are shopping for their toys; then they can be pleasant until they get what they want. The last category is the angry shopper. The majority of this group was previously in one of the other groups listed above, but for some reason their mood swiftly deteriorated. They can be harassed wives, or husbands. They can be a child throwing a temper tantrum, or the parents reacting to such a tantrum. The minority are just the plain angry, rude people. It is just best to avoid eye contact with this group lest their anger be turned on you. All of the above shoppers are interesting to watch, and all types are welcome to spend their money in “Wally’s World.”

~Copyright 2005 Kelly Cofske~


Shoppers can be classified according to their shopping techniques, as necessity shoppers, over spenders, and impulsive shoppers. Necessity shoppers have an uncomplicated and normal shopping technique. They purchase only the items that are necessary, such as food and toiletries, and they only get these items when they need them. The overspenders purchase too many items and they spend too much money on them. They buy unnecessary products, such as clothes and accessories. They can turn a simple trip to the store into a wallet draining extravaganza. Finally, there are impulsive shoppers. They are a combination between necessity shoppers and over spenders. They intend to be necessity shoppers by buying items that they need, but they turn into over spenders by buying unnecessary clothes and useless items. Even though there are millions of shoppers worldwide, they can easily be classified by their techniques as necessity shoppers, over spenders, or impulsive shoppers.

~Copyright 2005 Mike Sullivan~

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