Classification Activities


Exercise 1

On a separate sheet of paper, break the following categories into smaller classifications.

  • The United States
  • Colleges and universities
  • Beverages
  • Fashion

Exercise 2

Using your classifications from Exercise 1, write a brief paragraph explaining why you chose to organize each main category in the way that you did.

Exercise 3

Building on Exercise 1 and Exercise 2, write a five-paragraph classification essay about one of the four original topics. In your thesis, make sure to include the topic, subtopics, and rationale for your breakdown. And make sure that your essay is organized into paragraphs that each describe a subtopic.


Adapted from “3.3 Classification” of Successful College Composition (3rd Edition), 2019, used according to  CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.



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