Definition essay

In the Webster’s New Dictionary, the word “cross” is defined as a noun, a verb, and an adjective. As a noun, the word “cross” is a symbol of Christianity, or the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. When “cross” is used as a verb, it means to run through, intersect, or to extend across. The word “cross” used as an adjective refers to someone who has a cranky or irritable attitude or expression. The cross is used a symbol of Christianity. It represents that Jesus was crucified on a cross. You will find this symbol in churches all over the world. You will also find this symbol in jewelry worn by believers of Jesus, or otherwise known as Christians. A cross is made up of rectangular pieces which intersect in the middle. When the word “cross” is used as a verb, it means to intersect or run through. That is why the area where streets come together is called an intersection. Cross can also mean to go or extend across. Therefore, we cross the street, or have bridges that extend over rivers. Additionally, “cross” can be used as an adjective. When used as an adjective, “cross” means cranky or irritable. People who are cross can have a disagreeable or irritable attitude. Also, someone with a cross face has a snarl, or angry look; therefore, this is never flattering. “Cross” is a very interesting word because it is only one of a few words that can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adjective. Each of these definitions has their own unique meanings.

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Definition essay

Choose a topic that you are very good at, such a hobby, sport, or job task. Write an essay defining your topic and research TWO sources to use in your paper: one reliable website and one Galileo article. Use various writing strategies to make your writing interesting, such as personal anecdotes, dialogue, or figurative language.

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Definition Essay

The Definition Essay identifies an intangible noun (freedom, love, friendship, peace), and then attempts to define it using both denotative and connotative means. This can be done with example, historical references, and writer inferences. For example, to define “love,” the author might draw from dictionary definitions “personal attachment,” and also historical references “the concept of ‘romantic love’ began in the medieval ages, alongside chivalry and romance.” The writer might also distinguish between familial love, parental love, God’s love, and erotic love. The challenge is realizing how many different ways an intangible noun can be defined, when connotative uses, as well as examples and negations are recognized and used. It may help to imagine that you are explaining the concept to a Martian.

You must have a clear thesis in the first paragraph and address both denotative and connotative uses of your word. Definition essays are most powerful when the writer enters into the investigation with a sense of wonder.

Specs:
• Two to three pages (500-750 words)

• Times New Roman, 12 point font, typed, double-spaced

Tips:

• Think about splitting the term into denotative and connotative uses, then add examples and negations–both real and hypothetical. If you are unsure how others may be using a word, ask around. Ask people what they think of when you say the word “love” for example. Record answers so that you can research for accuracy and cultural nuances.

• Write in third-person. No “I’s” or “You’s.”

• Remember the elements of effective writing: subject, source, purpose, audience, design and deadline.

• Try to choose a word we all think we know well, and challenge us with how little we really know about the word.

Pre-Writing Worksheet:
• Subject: What word can I choose?

Ask: Is the topic adequate for 400-500 words?

• Source: Where can I get information about my subject?

Ask: Is the information I’ll get valid and objective?

• Purpose: Why am I writing this essay?

Ask: Does my reason match the essay assignment?

• Audience: Who am I writing for?

Ask: How much does my audience know?

Ask: What kind of words should I use to better express my meaning?

• Design: What are my specs?

Ask: Can I do what I want with the time given?

• Deadline: What is my personal timeline, given work, activities, and chores?

Ask: Do I need to adjust my time table?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Definition Essay

The Definition Essay identifies an intangible noun (freedom, love, friendship, peace), and then attempts to define it using both denotative and connotative means. This can be done with example, historical references, and writer inferences. For example, to define “love,” the author might draw from dictionary definitions “personal attachment,” and also historical references “the concept of ‘romantic love’ began in the medieval ages, alongside chivalry and romance.” The writer might also distinguish between familial love, parental love, God’s love, and erotic love. The challenge is realizing how many different ways an intangible noun can be defined, when connotative uses, as well as examples and negations are recognized and used. It may help to imagine that you are explaining the concept to a Martian. You must have a clear thesis in the first paragraph and address both denotative and connotative uses of your word. Definition essays are most powerful when the writer enters into the investigation with a sense of wonder.

 

 

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