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Essay #2: Definition Essay

First Draft due Monday September 28

Final Draft due Friday October 2 by midnight

Using one the critical terms we’ve discussed in class and that you defined on Blackboard, you will write a definition essay.

I. A definition essay describes in depth a word, term, or concept by providing an arguable perspective on what the specific subject means.

A. Most physical objects have a definition about which most people agree.

1. Most people will agree on what trees, windows, computers, and pencils are in general.

2. These objects all have specific physical properties that most people can agree on through the use of their physical senses.

B. However, abstract terms, such as “love,” “pain,” or “patriotism,” have different meanings depending on the purposes these ideas serve.

C. The definition essay provides an extended definition of such terms by linking or comparing the term to a previous definition and by illustrating how that term should be applied.

II. Setting up the definition essay

A. Select a subject carefully.

1. Since such essays are argumentative, select your subject based on your own need or desire to clarify the term. For example, if you feel that the word “civil disobedience” should be defined in a specific manner, that term would make a good subject for a definition essay.

2. Select a term or subject that you know well enough so that you can provide specific examples to illustrate your definition. For example, if you aren’t as familiar with the term “top-down leadership,” don’t attempt to define it in an extended essay. The subject of the essay must be familiar enough to you that you can readily supply specific examples.

B. Once you have selected a subject, outline your paper carefully before writing.

1. Outlining will help you determine the specific points you want to cover in the definition and point out where you need examples.

2. Here are some suggestions for how to outline a definition paper:

I. Introduction

A. Attention getter

1. You can consult our articles to get a sense of your term but define the term in your own words.

2. You may want to open with a contradictory image to what would be your image to illustrate that definition. For example, “Many people assume a leader is a messianic figure.”

B. Thesis: State how you define the term. If you can write the definition using specific points, you will find the definition easier to follow when writing the paper.

II. Body

  • Point one (body paragraph one)

1. The first part of your definition of the term.

2. Example to illustrate that point.

3. Analysis of how the example illustrates the point.

  • Point two (body two)

1. The second part of the definition of the term.

2. Example to illustrate that point.

3. Analysis of how the example illustrates the point.

  • Point three (body three)

1. The third part of the definition (if there is one)

2. Example to illustrate that point.

3. Analysis of how the example illustrates the point.

D. Point four, etc.

III. Conclusion

A. Review your definition’s main points

B. Closing attention getter

1. Sometimes a reference back to the opening attention-getter is a good way of unifying the entire essay.

2. You may want to close with an explanation of why the definition is important.

3. Here is an outline for the sample definition paper on patriotism:

I. Introduction

A. Attention getter: Traditional definition of patriotism (as perceived in an image)

B. Thesis: Patriotism is speaking out when a person feels the country is right or wrong, voting, campaigning, and respecting others.

II. Body

A. Speaking out when country is wrong

1. Vietnam

2. Slavery

3. Women’s right to vote

B. Speaking out when country is right

1. Equal Rights Amendment

2. Health care

C. Voting

1. Making a choice based on one’s needs

2. Being involved in the voting process

D. Campaigning

1. Finding a candidate who represents country’s needs

2. Being informed about a candidate’s platform.

E. Respecting others

1. Supporting and fighting for social equality

2. Respecting others’ points of view

3. Arab-American prejudice after 9/11 (example of when we misused patriotism)

III. Conclusion

A. Review of patriot as protestor, voter, and respectful citizen.

B. Closing attention getter: return to introduction’s image of patriot


  • Type papers in Times New Roman 12-pt font
  • Double-space everything
  • One inch margins all the way around
  • Proper MLA heading and documentation format
  • At least five paragraphs


  • Does your paper define an arguable term?
  • Does your paper have a thesis statement that is supported throughout the essay?
  • Do you support your definition with clear, specific examples?
  • Did you revise, edit, and proofread for grammatical and mechanical errors? Do your sentences follow one another in a logical/readable way? Do your paragraphs make sense together and are they in a logical/readable order?


these are the words and u have to choose one of them

1. Leadership

2. Group-centered leadership

3. Top-down leadership

4. Non-violent direct action

5. Violent self-defense

6. Civil disobedience

7. White moderates

8. Leaderless movement

9. LeaderFULL movement

10. Accountability

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