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20 Intriguing Definition Essay Topics for High School Students

One type of essay that you may be asked to write in high school is a definition essay. This is exactly what it sounds like. You will define a term. However, this is not all that you do. You would also like to do an analysis on the term trying to discover some of the major points.

Many topics are acceptable for this paper because there are so many things that you can define. Be aware that you will have to do more than just explain what it is so you have to choose a topic that is a little abstract. You can check out the list below to get some ideas of the types of topics that you can use for this paper. It can’t be a physical item like a truck. It has to be something that has a little more to it. Check out these topics:

  1. Racism
  2. Sexism
  3. Dedication
  4. Ambition
  5. Peace of mind
  6. Dedication
  7. Respect
  8. Loyalty
  9. Humility
  10. Modesty
  11. Sportsmanship
  12. Kindness
  13. Gumption
  14. True friendship
  15. Depression
  16. Physical fitness
  17. Good marriage
  18. Courage
  19. Trust
  20. Humility

You can use the five paragraph format for this paper. That means you will write an introduction that defines the term that you are using and then create a thesis statement that expresses three analysis points that you will make in the body of the paper. Each of the next three paragraph will explain one of the analysis points. Then comes the conclusion which will restate the thesis. When you are formatting this paper, be sure to follow the formatting instructions set by your instructor.

Make sure that you create an outline to organize your ideas. You need to know what topic to talk about first and in what order to present them. This is a very important factor because you need to make an educated decision to either put the most important first or last.

Edit your paper after you have completed the rough draft. It will make sure that you didn’t miss any important points. You want to see if you can also get someone else to edit it as well. That way you can get a second opinion. You will be able to write a better paper if you read through it several times instead of one.

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