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Determining and Ordering Information

  In order to prepare to write a process paragraph, you must do three things:
  1. Think about how much information your audience, the reader, needs. If the reader knows very little about the topic, then you need to give a lot of information.
  2. List all the steps necessary to complete the process.
  3. Put all the steps in chronological order.

Decide how much information the audience needs to know. A young child needs to know everything — the size of the pot, how to turn on the stove, etc.

How to cook a boiled egg: Instructions for a young child who is learning to cook.

  1. Get a pot big enough to hold one egg.
  2. Fill pot 4/5 full with water.
  3. Put egg in pot.
  4. Turn heat to high.
  5. Boil pot of water on stove.
  6. Boil water and egg for three minutes.
  7. Take egg out of pot and put in egg cup.
  8. Eat egg.


An experienced cook only needs to know how long to cook the egg.

How to cook a boiled egg: Instructions for an experienced cook.

  1. Boil egg for three minutes.