Practice with this Definition Essay Worksheet to familiarize yourself with how to select and define a term for this type of assignment writing. By completing 10 exercises, you walk through the process to gain a better understanding.
Essay Writing in the Social Sciences
For each of the exercise below, follow the instructions in each exercise as you work through the process of defining a term.
Choose a term you could define in a definition essay. Write the term and your reason for selecting it in the below space.
Write the definition of the term in your own words below.
Define the term by analysis.
Define the term by function.
Define the term by structure.
Define the term by what it is not.
Which definition do you think best suits your term? Explain your answer.
Write one fact, one example and one anecdote for the definition you identified in exercise #7.
Do your fact, example and anecdote support the definition you selected in exercise #7? Explain your answer.
Write the first paragraph of a definition essay based on the word and definition you selected in exercise #7.