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The Process And Definition Essay


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The Process And Definition Essay

  1. 1. The Process and the Definition Essay “ it is important to mix WARM water with the yeast so that the bread rises correctly!”
  2. 2. Directional Process Essay <ul><li>Essay offers specific instructions on how to do something or how to make something (such as telling a ghost story or how to bake a cake). </li></ul><ul><li>Consider this the “How To” process essay! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Example: How to Make Mexican Paper Flowers
  4. 4. Informative Process Essay <ul><li>Works to explain HOW or WHY a process works. </li></ul><ul><li>For example, explain how a combustion engine in the car works. </li></ul><ul><li>Explaining how and why a black hole emerges! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Example: Supernovas – why stars die
  6. 6. Elements in the essay <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Determines, and lets the reader know, what kind of process essay this will be! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hook should work to grab attention of the reader by engaging the senses! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Frame should let reader know if they are in for a “how to” or “information” essay. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thesis should be clear and to the point. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Support Paragraphs: There should be at least 3 <ul><li>For both “how to” and “information” essays, take the reader step by step though the process! </li></ul><ul><li>Each paragraph should reflect a different part of the process (hint, if you are teaching how to make a pie, divide up your process broadly so paragraphs are longer than 2 sentences! A good paragraph should at least be 4-5 sentences long) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Conclusion <ul><li>For “how to” essays – conclude by letting the reader know what they should have at the end of your described process. Offer a good summary and a complete picture! </li></ul><ul><li>For “information” essays – comment on the importance or significance of the process. Why should we, the reader, care? What is important for us to remember in the end and why? </li></ul><ul><li>For both kinds of process essays – remember to touch upon the thesis statement once again! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Definition Essay <ul><li>3 types of definitions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Formal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Restricted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extended – Most common. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Formal <ul><ul><li>Formal: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>dictionary meaning of the word that offers: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1) the term (the thing or idea) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2) the class (where the term belongs) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3) the differentiation (how it differs from others in its class) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Formal Example <ul><li>Term Class Differentiation </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter Social Media Micro-blogging </li></ul><ul><li> in 140 characters </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook Social Media a free-access social </li></ul><ul><li> networking website </li></ul><ul><li> operated & privately </li></ul><ul><li>owned by Facebook, Inc </li></ul>
  12. 12. Restrictive <ul><li>When we limit or place terms on a definition/ the meaning of the phrase or term for a particular discussion: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Slang – such as the term “bread” for money. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Private” or “insider” definitions of a term or idea such as “Barry White” - a romantic soul singer from the 1970s but in my family a “Berry White” referred to a guy who “slickly” tried to hit on you. A used car Casanova sales-person. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Extended <ul><li>Looking at a term or in an extended and deep way – this often is used for academic papers: </li></ul><ul><li>Example </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cosmopolite: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(formal definition) from the Greek, meaning citizen of the world. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Early Greek stoics promoted that we should be citizens of our world first and of our community second. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Roman stoics also promoted this philosophy – especially Marcus Aurelius who used to philosophy to justify taking over other cultures-=cosmopolitanism as universalism </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Cosmopolitanism Continued <ul><li>Cosmopolitanism as universalism becomes an excuse for empire (As in Roman Empire and later other nationalities will take up this banner such as Hitler). </li></ul><ul><li>Cosmopolitanism and Religion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many spiritual doctrines are expressed as universalism/cosmopolitanism – our ideas should be accepted universally. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Cosmopolitanism Continued <ul><li>Cosmopolitanism and Globalization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Seen as a way to standardize cultures, ideas and influences. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seen as a way to justify one particular economic mode – capitalism- that will unite the world. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seen as the promotion of a world government that will eventually regulate international relations. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I do not wish to promote any of these concepts – I wish to promote what I term the “rooted” cosmopolitanism (this is a form of restrictive definition) </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Rooted Cosmopolite <ul><li>“ Rootless” cosmopolite = someone who belongs to the “world” but does not have roots in a place – a local place. </li></ul><ul><li>A rooted cosmopolite = someone who has roots to a local place (such as a nation), but he or she understands that in a globalized world, we must also think in a cosmo or global way as our shoes are made in china, our coffee comes from Africa, and our computer software is composed in Ireland and India. </li></ul>
  17. 17. In the last example I used: <ul><li>A formal definition </li></ul><ul><li>Restrictive definition </li></ul><ul><li>Synonym </li></ul><ul><li>Example </li></ul><ul><li>Description </li></ul><ul><li>Compare and contrast </li></ul><ul><li>Division and classification </li></ul><ul><li>Negation (what cosmopolitanism is not – universalism) </li></ul>