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Reading a Definition Essay

Before you write your own definition essay, you should read and review an essay written by another student. You'll see how the student defines and explores a term using a variety of details. You'll also note how the writer's explanatory voice shows interest in the topic.

Reading a Student Model

Read the following definition essay, in which Julie explores the meaning of the word courage. Note how she catches the reader's attention and introduces the term and then develops paragraphs that explore the meaning and history of the word. Click on the side notes to see the different features of this definition essay.

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