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Classification and Definition
Classification Classification is the act of sorting items into categories. ◦For example, in a history class, you might be asked to discuss the types of people who fought in the Revolutionary War The answer would be: colonists, British soldiers, and British sympathizers (Tories: people who weren’t British, but wanted the British to maintain control of the colonies).
Categories Categories should be distinct. ◦Nothing in one category should fit in another ◦The categories should be arranged in a logical order. For example, least to most important, or smallest to largest.
Activity This picture shows a person eating a hot dog. Look at the photo, and in your group, think about all the foods you eat in a typical week. Then, classify the food according to category and outline a paragraph discussing your eating habits.
Definition Definition tells us what something means. ◦In classes, you might be asked to define vocabulary terms, like mitosis in Biology or communism in a history class. ◦Both of these ideas require a bit of explanation for someone to understand what they mean completely. ◦Often, a single sentence isn’t enough to get the idea across.
Formal Definition Structure Formal definitions have a three part structure. ◦1. The term to be defined ◦2. the general class (or category) to which the term belongs ◦3. the things that make the term different from all other items in that category
Definition Paragraphs and Essays When writing a definition paragraph or essay, you are providing an expanded definition of a term or topic. ◦This definition may be carried out through comparison and contrast ◦It may also explain a concept through giving examples ◦You can also define a term by saying what it is not.
Brainstorming Spend a few minutes brainstorming on what the word FREEDOM means to you. ◦Be prepared to share your ideas with the class.
Paragraph Organization Let’s say that we’re going to put together a paragraph about the definition of Freedom. ◦What would be a good topic sentence?
Developing Support Topic Sentence: Primary Support 1 Primary Support 2 Primary Support 3
Group Activity In your groups, take one of the primary supports and develop the secondary supports for it. Write your ideas down, and I will compile everything into an outline.
Class Outline definition paragraph outline.docx
Essay Assignment Please review the definition essay assignment that I’ve handed out. 1 st draft due Tuesday April 26 (bring 2 copies) Final draft due Tuesday May 10: revision draft with revision memo.