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Description of Assignment:
A definition essay seeks to clarify or illuminate a certain word, idea, phrase or topic by exploring
the different ways it is used and understood in society. In order to do this, the writer will rely on
several different forms of writing; a definition paper could include examples, comparisons,
descriptions, cause and effect, narrative and so on.
The thesis statement for this essay will be very straight forward, somehow explaining
what the topic is and what can be gained from examining it more fully. After that, there are a
number of techniques found on the back of this paper that can be used to achieve this goal. A
definition thesis statement may look like this: “Many people who workout are looking for a
program that will bring about fast weight loss results, but they have not considered plyometrics,
a type of exercise designed to create fast, powerful movements.”
This paper will be organized logically and will include several of the suggestions from the back of
● The first paragraph must have a thesis statement and introduce the reader to the topic. ● Use transitions in between paragraphs. ● The last paragraph needs to summarize your main points, and leave your audience with
something to think about. Here is an example of how you might organize your paper. ● The paper must be 2-3 pages (approximately 700-1000 words) in length, comprised of
multiple paragraphs, including an introduction and conclusion.
● Use 12-point font, Times New Roman, double-spaced. ● MLA formatting will be required with three or more properly documented sources.
Remember unity, coherence and adequate development. Make sure you are proving your thesis
with each paragraph, make sure the points are clear and easy to follow and make sure you have
written enough so your audience is not left with questions.
Possible Areas to Examine in Definition
Topic you are defining: _____________________________________
Give examples of it:
Explain how it works and its purpose:
Compare to similar things:
Formal Dictionary Definition:
Antonyms and/or a statement that tells what the word is not:
The Word History:
Quote about the word/phrase:
Short anecdote (story) illustrating the subject:
Causes or Effects related to the term: