As discussed throughout the semester, the aim of a rhetorical argument is to persuade the reader. To do this, the author (you) must consider all of the tools at their disposal and choose those that will most effectively establish and validate their argument.
A definition essay is structured around the goal of defining a term, concept, or idea. While you may start off with a simple dictionary definition, your writing will ultimately contain an extended, unique definition. Many of the words that we use daily have subjective definitions. Meaning, you and I could have completely different personal definitions for a word.
A common pitfall in writing a definition essay is assuming your readers know the connotation (the implied meaning) of a specific word. It is important that you use specific language and phrasing to ensure that your point is clear.
For your essay, you must choose one of the words of the following words …
… And define what this word means to you. In order to support your claim, your essay should contain strong support that is developed from your own experiences and research. The overall argument will work to persuade the reader of your definition. Your essay should be about 5-6 pages in length, in MLA format, and use writing and critical thinking strategies that we have discussed throughout the semester. More specific strategies will be discussed in class.
- Your “claim” needs to clearly define the term in your own words. It must clearly separate itself from the dictionary definition. And your “rationale” or reasoning needs to provide the argument or justification.
- please fill in the outline docx!