In addition, the labels assigned to these fans (the Arrange your body paragraphs in whatever order strikes you as clear and logical — say, from the least effective approach to the most effective, or from the most common type to the least familiar (or the other way around).
As you develop and organize your draft, experiment with various strategies, but keep this basic format in mind: an introduction that identifies your subject and the different types of approaches; three (or more) body paragraphs that rely on specific details to describe or illustrate the types; and a conclusion that draws your points together and makes the overall purpose of the classification clear.
In a classification essay, a writer takes a large topic and groups the ideas or items into smaller categories.
The topic sentence in both the second and third paragraphs refers to the preceding paragraph.
Likewise, in the third body paragraph, the writer draws explicit contrasts between the Diehards and the other two types of baseball fans.
She will stay around until the end of the game to celebrate a victory, but should her team fall a few runs behind, she's likely to slip out to the parking lot during the seventh-inning stretch. More attentive to the game than other fans, Diehards will study the stance of a power hitter, note the finesse of a quick fielder, and anticipate the strategy of a pitcher who has fallen behind in the count.
While the Party Rooter is chugging a beer or dropping wisecracks, Diehards may be filling in a scorecard or commenting on a player's RBI tally over the past few months.
You may choose to offer a final brief comment on each one, summarizing its value or its limitations.
Or you may want to recommend one approach over the others and explain why.
Notice how the writer hooks his conclusion back to the introduction by contrasting the chilly night in September with the warm evening in July.
Connections such as this help to unify an essay and give it a sense of completeness.