Writing a Process Piece

Writing Mode: expository, analytical.
Purpose: to practice the skill of accurately explaining sequential details and analyzing why those steps are necessary.

Hi! And welcome to  the new Crime Scene Investigation program. Over the next several weeks, you'll be learning a great deal about what goes in to becoming a crime scene investigator.

You will be learning a number of different processes when it comes to investigating a particular crime scene. Each different aspect of the investigation--from interviewing witnesses to fingerprint processing--includes a number of different steps. But for the moment, I'd like you to take this opportunity to  really dig into one (1) aspect of scene investigation. Some questions you might consider answering include:

How do I gather fingerprint evidence?
Once I have the fingerprint evidence, how do I examine the fingerprint for relevant information?
How do I take and process DNA evidence?
How do I go about interviewing a crime scene witness or suspect?
How do I analyze ballistic evidence?
How do I gather up relevant crime scene evidence?
How do I go about interpreting blood stain evidence?

Because this is called a process-analysis essay, you are going to be working on an additional skill: analyzing. The analyzing part comes into play when you explain the reasons for performing certain steps or stages of the process. To write a successful essay, you must focus your energy on accuracy of the steps and on explaining why those steps or stages are necessary.

Preparing the Essay:
Some Constraints:
Page length: Your essay must be between 3 and 5 typed, double-spaced pages. Remember to title your essay uniquely. Don’t call it the "Process-Analysis Essay" or "Essay #2".
Audience: academic; assume they’re not knowledgeable about the process you are explaining.
Standard American English (SAE): Remember, your paper must follow the basic conventions of standard American written English (correct mechanics, usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and so forth).

Due Dates:
First Draft: ______
Final Draft: _______