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Touchstone 2.1: Extended Definition Essay
ASSIGNMENT: Write an informative essay using the techniques and elements of informative writing that you have learned in this unit. Your essay must be approximately 3-5 pages in length.
In order to foster learning and growth, all essays you submit must be newly written specifically for this course. Any recycled work will be sent back with a 0, and you will be given one attempt to redo the Touchstone.
A. Assignment Guidelines
DIRECTIONS: Compose a 3-5 page essay that defines or redefines one of the following words:
In your introduction, explain how society, or the dictionary, defines the word you’ve selected.
While you can draw from the skills definitions provided in this course, make sure to address other standard definitions, such as those mentioned above, of the word.
Also in your introduction, explain your unique or extended definition of the word.
Your thesis must inform your readers of your new definition.
In your body paragraphs, provide examples and explanations to support your definition of the word.
Outside sources are not required for this assignment, but if you choose to use them, please follow APA format. (Refer back to ”Source and Quotation Formatting in APA” and ”In-Text Citations and Reference Formatting in APA” for instructions and examples of proper citations.)
End with a concluding paragraph that restates your thesis in different words and provides a concluding thought.
Write in the informative mode throughout the composition, using objective language.
Minimize mechanical and stylistic errors.
Complete the reflection questions listed below.
Read the article by Dan Richards titled “Digital Ethics” found in the “Model Informative Essays” tutorial for ideas about how to write an extended definition essay.
B. Reflection Questions
DIRECTIONS: Below your assignment, include answers to all of the following reflection questions.
What is the significance of your essay?
Why is it important to reflect on this particular skill as you move through your evolving academic/professional career? (3-4 sentences)
Which informative writing tutorials were the most helpful in developing your essay? (3-4 sentences)
Consider the strengths and weaknesses of your writing. How can you capitalize on your strengths and improve on your weaknesses in the future? (3-4 sentences)