How to write definition essay(2)(2)Presentation Transcript
Karen S. Wright
The one major goal for theThe one major goal for the
definition essay is for it to bedefinition essay is for it to be
organic and grow from aorganic and grow from a
definition to a powerful image.definition to a powerful image.
It needs to be more than thanIt needs to be more than than
a generalization.a generalization.
Definitions need to have vividDefinitions need to have vivid
examples for support.examples for support.
The issue needs to be one youThe issue needs to be one you
can comment and one thatcan comment and one that
others will want to read.others will want to read.
Examples define the
correct protocol at
the State of the
Examples clarify meaning:
Some terms are
difficult to define
For example, the
term terrorism needs
which most people
agree such as--
need to be defined
Some Important Points to
Understand the term
you choose to define.
Tell readers your
Make sure all your
examples are relevant
and will help explain
Select your subject:
For example, a good topic could be
to define obese children in the
Use examples to illustrate not only
obese children, but also how they
become obese: inactivity, diet, and
Clarify all terms that may seem
unfamiliar--not only to you, but to your
help you organize
paper’s main idea
knowing that it
For a paper to achieve a strong effect, it
needs proper and strong support.
Use vivid examples
enumerate more than
By using vivid examples, you help your reader
understand the subject through illustrations.
Rather than use too many short examples, use
a story or an anecdote to add the human
of typical or real-life
should leave a lasting
• Perhaps a
II. Body—use separate
paragraphs to support
•Statistics if needed
Writing is painting a picture with words for your
audience to SEE what you are saying.
Do not regurgitate the
Perhaps explain how your
subject affects others.
sources in the text of
your paper (MLA).
•Your last page will be a
works cited page.
Your final product will
blossom into something
wonderful if. . . .
You dig into your topic
You give solid examples
You use good detail