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Directions: For this essay, you will need to write a 2-3 page paper, double-spaced, typed and in MLA format (See the directions for this on Blackboard under “Course Documents” if you need help) with your own definition/explanation of a word. This will not be simply a “report” on a given word as you could presumably go to the dictionary or research a word online and obtain its definition, but rather it will be your OWN definition of the word based on its connotations (the emotional, psychological, religious, etc… associations of the word) coupled with your own unique interpretation of what the word means. An excellent example of a definition essay is found in your book on pages 372-373. Some words you could choose for your definition essay are words like: “prejudice”, “friendship”, “stress”, “skinny”, etc… or you could choose a term to explore such as “mob psychology.”

In the essay, you need to indicate the word’s denotation (or dictionary definition) briefly in the introduction, but then in your thesis you need to provide your own definition of the word (see the sample essay in the book). For the body paragraphs, you will provide examples in your life/in history, etc…that will support your definition of the word. If you are struggling to come up with a thesis statement or need any help with the essay, please contact me ahead of time ?

Point of View: For this essay (as with the first essay—the personal narrative) you may write this from the first person perspective (you can use “I,” “me,” or “my”). For your final three essays: your compare and contrast essay, the argumentative essay and for the final research paper, you must write in the third person (use “he,” “she,” “they,” or “one”).

Good Luck and as always, please contact me with any questions ?

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