March 16

Read the essay, “Definition” (You have received this via email). When you are finished writing, answer these two questions in your homework notebook:

  • When we define words, we usually go to the dictionary; in fact, most of you have probably started an essay at some point by quoting the dictionary! What are the problems with a dictionary definition? How can writing your own definition solve these problems?
  • Describe at least two things that you can do when you define your terms. In other words, what are some ways to help readers understand what you mean by a particular word?

Also, you need to have finished the reading for Chapter 3 of You Are What You Love, so we can discuss it in class. Please bring your book with you to class.


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