Writing the Definition Essay
Please use my own term and thesis statement !
Term : Baptism_

Thesis statement:
Baptism is a soul practice that requires the experiences of belief and identification to God through the following methods: Contrast, Comparison and Examples.

Introduction:
Usually, the introduction is short (3-4 sentences). Start with a simple hook – a quote (famous quote, biblical quote, popular quote), a symbol, an image, what often comes to mind in association with the word you are going to define. You might include a statement on the importance of understanding the term. For example, “Understanding the Christian perspective on love provides a foundation for understanding the Christian culture as a whole.” Sometimes the introduction provides a few sentences on some of the different perspectives or definitions of the concept. Remember to use quotation marks for any copied phrases and citations for these quotes and any other content that you get from a source. However, the introduction should not be research-based.
Thesis statement (formal definition)
Baptism is a soul practice that requires the experiences of belief and identification to God through the following methods: Contrast, Comparison and Examples.
Grammar you need for this:
Noun + be + article + noun + adjective clause (that, which, who, when, where)
Expand the Definition
Choose one or more ways to continue the definition. One clear organizational choice is to write with one method per paragraph.
• Contrast (what it is NOT or how it is different from other things)
• Comparison (how it is similar to other things; synonyms)
• Characteristics or qualities
• Historical origin
• Process (HOW it works)
• Causes and/or effects
• Connotation (associations and emotions)
• Functions (what it does; why it is important)
• Examples
Another good option is to use the WH Questions (Who, What, When, Where, Why, How). With this option, you can write a paragraph about “what” it is, another about “how” it functions, and another about “when and where.”
For my essay on “faith,” I could decide to define it by:
• The historical understanding of faith from the Bible
• How faith is misunderstood in modern culture
• A story of a person whose faith grew through hardship
Body Paragraph Structure
1. Assertion Make an assertion of your specific point and include the following information:
 The main key words of the meaning of the term that can reflection the ‘differentiation’ (meaning of your term) mentioned in your thesis.
 The method of definition for your body paragraph.
2. Explanation of Assertion 1) Start with a transition word/phrase:
 In more detail, More specifically, In other words.

2) Explain the assertion more in depth using key words from the assertion.
3. General Evidence 1) Start with a transition word/phrase:
 According to ( ),
 As ( ) states,
 In the book of (Book name) (Chapter#:Verse#)
o e.g. 1 Corinthians 13:3

2) Introduce with sufficient context of the book or author

3) Present “quote” with a proper citation
4. Discussion 1) Start with transition word/phrase:
 Clearly, It is clear that, With this in mind,

2) Explain the meaning of the evidence with synonyms of the key words of the assertion and evidence. Connect it to the key words in your paragraph and thesis.
5. Specific Evidence 1) Start with transition word/phrase:
 In addition, Moreover

2) Introduce/illustrate specific evidence with sufficient context and authority or credibility.

3) Include a citation.

6. Discussion 1) Start with transition word/phrase:
 Clearly, It is clear that, With this in mind,

2) Explain meaning of the evidence with synonyms of the key words from the assertion and evidence. Connect it to the key words in your paragraph and thesis.
7. Concluding Sentence 1) Start with transition word/phrase:
 Therefore, Thus

2) Summarize the meaning of the evidence in one sentence by clearly connecting with the key words from the assertion/thesis.
 DO NOT repeat your assertion here. Use synonyms of the key words in your assertion.

Conclusion
Return to the definition that you started with but now, add to it. Rewrite the definition more specifically or with new insight. Your concluding paragraph will be short (approximately 3-5 sentences).