Handouts for the current week are listed below. Handouts for previous weeks can be found under important rubrics and handouts.
Name: _______________________ ELA
Barrio Boy Process Essay
Family Recipe Process Essay Rubric
Follow the steps below carefully and adhere to due dates to complete your next autobiographical writing piece about a
significant family recipe of ancestral value.
I. Prewriting (Due 5/13) - gather information about a family recipe by interviewing at least THREE members of your family.
II. Compose the 1st Draft of your Process Essay (Due 5/16)
A process essay is basically a recipe that tells the reader how something is or was created. In its most simplistic form,
a process essay could describe how to change the oil in a car or how to bake a cake. Your process essay will not only detail
a family recipe, it will also describe the importance of the recipe, its ancestral value and how it reflects the events in
your family members lives.
A. Introduction - Your introduction must (1) state the subject of your essay (recipe) and (2)state a point or opinion
about its importance, and (3) suggest how or why the recipe is important to your family history.
1) Thesis - tell the name of the recipe and its importance to the family. EXAMPLE: A recipe for challah, based down
from my great grandmother has historical and emotional significance to all the members of my family.
2) Hook - suggest how/why the recipe is important. EXAMPLE: Every Friday night and on appropriate holidays, my mother
and I gather all the necessary ingredients to make this recipe. While we mix and measure, my mother tells stories about her
B. Body Paragraphs - In a process paper, the body paragraphs describe the steps involved in the process. So, your essay
must detail the steps involved in making the recipe and the importance of the recipe to your family members. This is where
you will detail the answers you've gathered from your interviews. Also, remember, the steps for actually making the recipe
must be in accurate, chronological order.
C. Conclusion - Your conclusion must signal a clear end to your paper, so finish your paper by expressing the value and
importance of the recipe to you. Avoid using "I" phrases!