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Background: Throughout the course we will explore the topic of borders. To begin, you should develop a working definition of borders that you can adjust and add to as the course progresses. This essay asks you to establish this working definition. A definition essay is an argumentative essay in which the writer seeks to ?prove? her or his definition of a term that is difficult to define.

Writing Project 1: Defining Borders
Background: Throughout the course we will explore the topic of borders. To begin, you should develop a working definition of borders that you can adjust and add to as the course progresses. This essay asks you to establish this working definition. A definition essay is an argumentative essay in which the writer seeks to ?prove? her or his definition of a term that is difficult to define.

Assignment: Write an essay that develops your definition of the concept of borders. Fully introduce your definition in your thesis statement; then, break that definition into its component parts to further explain each element in the body paragraphs. Make sure to develop one unified definition; don?t just list the various definitions of borders.

A successful essay will do all of the following:
? It will develop a definition of borders in an essay of 1,250 words or more, with specific details, examples, and illustrations to fulfill the purpose of defining and to support the thesis.
? Begin with an engaging opener and provide relevant background in the introduction.
? Include a clear and specific thesis statement that fully introduces the definition.
? Develop that thesis in unified, developed, coherent body paragraphs with strong topic sentences that clearly introduce main ideas and clearly connect with the thesis.
? These body paragraphs should provide logical reasons in support of the thesis statement?s claim, and include effective evidence as support.
? Conclude the essay by drawing the argument to a logical end and ending memorably.
? Edit to produce sentences that are clear complex and varied and that adhere to conventions of standard written English.
? Point-of-view: While the argument should be written in third person, it is appropriate to use first person for personal examples used as evidence.
? Employ MLA formatting. You are not required to cite sources, but if you choose to do so, you must include an MLA Works Cited page.

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