Definition Planning Guide

This guide contains requirements for this assignment and a planning process for thinking about key details of this assignment:

  1. Requirements
  2. Planning process

Requirements for the Definition

For this writing project, you write an extended definition in which you provide various kinds of explanatory information to help readers understand the term you are defining. Your definition can be no longer than one page (singlespaced), two pages (doublespaced). If you really get into it, I can handle more.

Here are the requirements for the definition:

Note: To be safe, keep a safe copy of this and all other assignments. Expect to receive confirmation from your instructor that your e-mail attachments have been received. If you don't receive e-mail confirmation in 3 or 4 days, get in touch with your instructor.

Before you turn this writing project in, scan it for these errors which you studied at the beginning of semester:

Planning the Definition

Use this planner to define the key details for your technical definition (it is not required). When you are through, you can e-mail this planning information to yourself (and to your instructor, if you wish).

  1. If you've not already done so, read the sections on definitions in the online textbook.
  2. Use this example as a model for this project. Use can see other examples at examples.
  3. In the box below, enter the term you plan to define.
  4. Describe the intended audience for your definition—who are these readers? Why do they need this definition? (Try using the audience planner for this.)
  5. List the sources of definition (description, process, comparison, etc.) you plan to use in this definition. ("Sources" are explained in the online textbook chapter on definitions.)
  6. Remember that in an extended definition such as you will be writing, you must include a formal sentence definition. In the box below, write the category to which the term belongs, and then sketch out some of the term's distinguishing characteristics.
  7. List the first- and second-level headings you'll use in this definition. (See the chapter on headings in the online textbook.
Your name:
E-mail this planning info to me:
E-mail this planning info to my instructor (optional):

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