Basic Features of the Definition Essay
A focused concept. For your essay, one of the following terms, which are found in or are ideas of Machiavelli’s “The Prince”.
The essay appeals to the reader with new and interesting information.
A logical plan. The writer clearly cues the reader with strategies such as a clear thesis and transitions.
Clear definitions. Key terms associated with the topic are defined.
Careful use of sources, own experience, and observation. Sources must be used but must be documented in correct MLA standard format.
The Definition Essay’s Structure
Introduction ‒ This must include a generic definition of your term or even an attention grabbing fact from the Oxford English Dictionary, which documented in correct MLA format. Then, you may give a contradiction to your term to contrast it. End your introduction by giving a direct, explicit thesis, explaining the main message of the essay. You may write this in the form a forecasting statement (thesis statement that forecasts the supporting ideas/subtopics).
Body ‒ In your essay’s body, you need to provide several different points that construct the definition. You must provide background information. Each point should have its own paragraph
oPoint 1: This will include the first component of your definition. You will need to give your analysis/details for how the example substantiates your definition.
oPoint 2: This is the second aspect of your term. Once again, give an example and provide analysis/details.
oPoint 3 and additional points: Continue with examples and analysis/details until you are satisfied that you have completely developed your definition.
You may use any of the techniques listed on the handout I gave you, including but not limited to description, narration, cause and effect, comparison and contrast, and exemplification.
Conclusion ‒ Your conclusion must give an overview of the points. The attention grabber at the beginning of your essay should be brought back in to tie everything neatly together. (Refer to the “Cannibalism” essay)
All sources must be documented correctly or your essay will receive an F (Zero).
The essay must follow correct MLA format or it will receive an F (Zero).
The essay must be a minimum of 900 words or it will receive an F (Zero).
If the essay is off topic, it will receive an F (Zero).