Development: Defining by Giving Examples
Another way to define
is to give familiar examples. There are dozens of makes and
models of motor vehicles. What, exactly, is a sport utility vehicle or
SUV? You can make that clear by giving familiar examples that the
reader will recognize.
Sport utility vehicles? You know what they are. Did you ever see a
Honda Passport, a Toyota Pathfinder, or a Land Rover? How about a Chevy
Blazer, Ford Expedition, or Jeep Cherokee? They're all Sport utility
vehicles or SUV's.
The key to this method is using familiar examples.
If the reader has never heard of any of these vehicles, sport utility
vehicle will not be clear. Knowing your audience is important because
you can draw some conclusions about what they know. You might expect
10-year-old girls to be less familiar with the SUV examples than
16-year-old boys would be.
Defining by Giving Examples
||Now, you try defining by
giving examples. A student a year younger than you has asked what the
reading was like in the English class you took last year. Define
the reading for the younger student by giving examples of the
reading material. Try to stick to examples a student who has not
yet taken the course would still know.
Your prewriting will be making a list of every reading you can
remember that you might use. Then, select the best and write the
paragraph as your draft.
List of last year's reading:
defining last year's reading by giving example.
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