Definition Essay

A list of the most useful Definition essay resources.

Assignment Resources:

Writing Prompt and downloadable assignment sheet: respond to one of the two options by writing a third-person (you, we, our allowed) essay that is a minimum of 5 paragraphs and 2 full pages.

Option 1: Choose one of the following scenarios and define 3 necessary skills, character traits, background (educational/professional), or social tactics a person would need in order to “survive” those circumstances. Physical needs like weaponry or shelter can only be used once, if any (physical strength is acceptable).

  • Zombie Apocalypse
  • Sinking Titanic
  • Angry/Uncooperative Patient
  • Standing Up for Someone in Public

Option 2: Choose one of the following words and thoroughly explain 3 characteristics, socials skills, or background (educational/professional) of a person that fulfills that term/idea.  

  • Successful
  • Ethical
  • Altruistic
  • Healthy

Be sure to check your introduction paragraphs for both parts:

PART 1: grounding/introductory information
PART 2: transition + thesis sentence.

Same with your conclusions:

PART 1: remind readers of your thesis points (body paragraph main points)
PART 2: show how those thesis points work together to prove your thesis.

FALL 2017 Deadline

  • Rough Draft due Wed. Oct. 4
  • Final Draft due Wed. Oct. 9 (typed/printed & uploaded)

Grammar and Writing Resources

Absolute “Conclusion” Language
General Grammar Resource

Comma Resource: Sentence Punctuation Patterns
Quick Comma Guide
General Punctuation Resource
Transitional Words and Phrases
Thesaurus for word choice variety

Related Textbook chapters:

  • “Subject-Verb Agreement” S-5, pg. 272
  • “Pronouns” S-6, pg. 277


Grading Resources & Expectations

IVCC English Department Grading Standards
Grading Criteria Rubric for Writing Assignments