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Get your assignment in front of you, then follow the instructions below. Type your answers to each step in the box below it. When you have filled in all the boxes, click on the button at the bottom of the page and you will be well on your way with this project.

Step 1: Read your assignment carefully. What object, event or idea do you need to trace?

Step 2: List the sequence of events or changes that make up the idea or object you are tracing, or that lead up to the event whose origins you are tracing:

Step 3: Give more detail about the events or changes you listed in Step 2. Depending on what you are tracing and the level of detail required, you might want to describe each change or event, or to explain how and/or why the changes occur. You might compare and contrast the object, event, or idea before and after each change. You might also think about the cause-and-effect relationship among the events.

Some of the writing strategies that we can use when we trace are comparison and contrast, description, and illustration.

Are you curious about how other instructors have asked students to trace? CUNY Assignments gives some examples.

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