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Methods of Development

Defining - an extended definition; especially helpful if the concept you are explaining involves difficult or unfamiliar (to your reader) vocabulary

Classifying/Dividing - a description of how your concept fits into a particular category or how it can be broken down into parts that can be described more easily; this is useful in showing your reader how your concept fits into a "big picture" and how it can be divided

Comparing/Contrasting - examples of how your concept is similar or different from other concepts/ideas with which the reader may be familiar

Narrating a Process - a step-by-step explanation of how a process works or how a concept is used in practice

Illustrating - the use of examples, anecdotes, and other details that may help your reader to better understand your concept

Reporting Causes or Effects - a description of how a particular event leads to another and how concepts are related to each other.


Assignment Description

Unit 3: Explaining a Concept

Einstein quote


For an audience constituted of members of your class, compose an essay wherein you define and explain a concept related to one educational community.  Choosing this Educational Community will help you focus your discussion and structure your academic essay.  Though we will be doing research, I would urge you to choose a concept that you already have some experience with.

Should contain 4-6 Approved Sources and cite them using MLA formatted citations

Should contain a Works Cited page that directs the reader to the sources

Length: 1000-1200 word, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, 1” margins.



Explaining the concept of the “Ollie” from the skateboard community.

Explaining the concept of “the A student” in college.

Explaining the concept of “camping” in a first person shooter video game

Explaining the concept of “photosynthesis” in botany

Explaining the concept of “Look Inside Always” in a department store job

*Try to find your word or concept in the OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY ONLINE



Concept: A term that represents an abstract idea, phenomenon, or process. Concepts are tied to communities of discourse (Educational Communities).  A saying/term cannot become a concept until a group has decided upon its use and it has moved into communication. 

Educational Communities: Communities that form around an object, text, trade, work, etc. that promote a specific education as part of inclusion.


Essay Guidelines

A. The completed essay should be submitted on eLearn.

B. The essay should explain a concept as it relates to an Educational Community

C. The essay should have a thesis, which is explicitly stated and defines your concept for the reader.

D. The essay should have a title and an introductory paragraph that promotes interest.

E.  The essay should develop and support claims that explain your chosen concepts and evidence (personal, field, and library research) that supports your claims.

F. The essay should have effective transitions (between sentences, paragraphs, and larger sections).

G. The essay should be free of mechanical, grammatical, and usage errors. 

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