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1 DEFINITION ESSAY You can use these strategies of definition to write a well organized and supported essay.

2 FUNCTION This strategy helps the reader understand how the concept (idea) functions or operates in the real world. It may be what the idea does or it’s intended use. It is usually the action or “verb” aspect of the idea.

3 FUNCTION STRATEGY CAR  TRANSPORATION  FAST TRAVEL  SHELTER  A/C

4 FUNCTION STRATEGY FRIEND  PROVIDES COMPANIONSHIP  IS CARING AND KIND  MAKES YOU HAPPY  PROVIDES ADVICE OR GUIDANCE

5 EXAMPLE STRATEGY This strategy helps the reader understand your definition by providing concrete examples from fiction or non–fiction. Often times support can come from text.

6 EXAMPLE STRATEGY CAR  HONDA  BMW  CHEVROLET  CADILLAC

7 EXAMPLE STRATEGY FRIEND  Max and Freak from Freak the Mighty  Spongebob and Sandy- from the cartoon  Winnie the Pooh and Piglet  My friend Kathy and me

8 NEGATION STRATEGY This strategy clarifies what the idea or concept IS by showing what is it NOT.

9 NEGATION STRATEGY CAR  BICYCLE  AIRPLANE  BOAT  MOTORCYCLE  LAWN MOVER

10 NEGATION STRATEGY FRIEND  LIAR  BULLY  SOMEONE WHO INTENTIONALLY HURTS YOU  SOMEONE WHO CANNOT BE T RUSTED  SOMEONE WHO MAKES FUN OF YOU

11 NOW IT’S YOUR TURN USING THE 3 STRATEGIES OF FUNCTION, EXAMPLE AND NEGATION,WRITE A FULL RESPONSE TO ANSWER THE QUESTION, “WHAT IS A HERO?”

12 How to organize your essay  1 st paragraph: Intro with thesis statement. Thesis statement answers the question: What defines a hero (to me) Thesis statement: The controlling idea of your essay. o Include the 3 points you will make in your essay.

13  2 nd paragraph: Use the Function strategy of defining  3 rd paragraph: Use the Example strategy  4 th paragraph: Use the Negation strategy  5 th paragraph: Conclusion

14  Label the paragraphs:  F for Function  E for Example  N for Negation

15  Typed  12 point font  Double space  Times new roman, arial, calibri


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