Definition/Illustration: Short Review

Presentation elements of the Definition/Illustration essay:

  • size 12 font, serif font (New Times Roman, Palatino, Cambria, etc)
  • Left hand side of first page should have your name, next line my name, next line this class name with the section number, next line the date that the paper is DUE (not the day you do it)
  • Right hand side of second page and following should have your last name and the page number. Ex: Davis 2
  • Double space with NO additional spaces after a paragraph.
  • Indent your paragraphs.
  • Give it a title. Using some words from your concluding sentence to create a title is often an effective and simple way to tie the whole essay together.
  • 1000-1400 words

Reminders about what the Definition/Illustration essay should include and look like:

  • MLA style
  • Introduction should include the definition of the abstract noun you have chosen. The introduction can include background, history, quotations, questions, story, and alternative definitions that you disagree with. Feel free to include any information that you think introduces the subject or idea in an interesting manner. The introduction can be one or two paragraphs. The thesis–your final definition for the abstract noun–should be near the end of the introduction.
  • Examples. You need at least three examples that show how your definition works in real life. You may use five if you feel that would be better. Make sure you give details to allow the readers to understand how the example relates to your definition.
  • Conclusion may be one or more paragraphs. It could simply remind the reader of all the examples and the definition that you came up with. It could also explain why understanding your definition is important.
  • Using some words from your concluding sentence to create a title is often an effective and simple way to tie the whole essay together.
  • If you used any outside sources, these need to be in the Works Cited page at the end of your document. They need to be in MLA style. This page does not count for the total word count.
  • 1000-1400 words
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