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7 Exceptional Classifying and Classification Paragraph and Essay Writing Exercises

One of the most important things in classification writing is to get the right or best groups or categories. Once you do this, your ideas usually fall into place. Below are some helpful exercises for brainstorming,  outlining, planning and writing classification sentences, paragraphs and essays.

1 Classifying exercise 1

This is a pre-writing or introductory exercise for a classification paragraph or essay. Students use their own ideas and try to divide each of the topics on the worksheet into 3 categories. Then they practice writing sentences to express their classifications on the next page. Click on the image below or the link to download the printable PDF file.

Classifying writing brainstorm exercise

Classifying exercise 1 (PDF)

2 Classifying essay graphic organizer

This is a graphic organizer for a classification paragraph or essay. It is a great way to organize ideas and think clearly about a topic.

Classification-paragraph-or-essay-brainstorming-organize

Classifying organizer (PDF)

3 Classifying essay outline

This is an outline template for a classification paragraph or essay. It demands that beginner writing students focus on the important parts of an essay: a thesis or topic sentence,  an attention getter, three body paragraphs and a conclusion,

Classification box outline templated

Classification outline  (PDF)

4 Ways of classifying

This is another pre-writing or introductory exercise for a classification paragraph or essay. Students try to divide each of the topics on the worksheet into 3 categories. Then write topic sentences for 4 of the topics.

Ways of classifying language exercise

Ways of classifying  (PDF)

5 Classifying friends

A useful brainstorming and critical thinking exercise for any kind of
lesson about friendship or relationships. Students use the pictures to divide friends into 3 categories. For example, you might classify your friends into the categories of funny, generous and weird or outgoing,  fashionable  and introverted. Then, under each category title they give examples of the behavior of each category.

Classifying friends brainstorm

Classifying friends  (PDF)

6 Classifying travelers

This is similar to the exercise above but the topic is travelers. Students try to divide travelers into 3 categories and list the things they do. You might classify travelers into categories such as: 1  adventure loving, 2 luxury loving and 3 culture loving or 1 beach tourists 2 mountain tourists and 3 city tourists. There are so many ways to do this.

Classifying travelers language and critical thinking exercise

Classifying travelers (PDF)

7 Classifying roommates exercise

This is an alternative topic to the above exercises. Students try to divide roommates into 3 categories and list the things they do. Roommates could be divided into groups such as 1 lazy, 2 funny and 3 diligent or 1 helpful, 2 unhelpful and 3 bossy.

Classifying roommates exercise

Classifying roommates (PDF)

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