Exercise #7 – The Classification Essay

Classification essays, are essays that ¬†organize by categories that fit under a specific classification. ¬†Technically, the things categories can be anything, but for this assignment, I’m going to ask that you write specifically about people, since this will lead into your essay #4 – The Portrait or Profile.

Using ¬†Susan Allen Toth’s essay “Going to the Movies” as a model, write a four section classification about people you know, have known, or know about. In her essay, Toth uses men she once dated, but you might use anyone – family members, celebrity crushes, teachers you’ve had, people from the neighborhood where you grew up, friends.

Here’s a website with a list you might find helpful:


Due by Thursday, April 2. Please email to dlfarmer@alaska.edu


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