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Transcript of DEFINITION
Collaborative Word Work
You must now become a lexicographer and provide your own definition of a term relating to friendship. Your definition may be as serious or as silly as you’d like, but you should take your new role as a lexicographer quite seriously. Definitions have many parts, and it is your job to give a full definition of the term as you use it.
An Introduction, A Quest
Type "friend" into Google. Go on. Do it.
Now, try "friendship."
Just what do we mean when we say "friend"?
More importantly, what do you mean?
Look. See. The word "friend" as we use it, just from the smattering of pages we see here, can mean or be just about anything. Is that a good thing? A useful thing?
First Writing Prompt
Ask yourself, “What does friendship mean to me?” Then, write. Find out what you think. Write whatever you wish, so long as you’re thinking of friends and friendship when you write it. Respond to your Google search, or follow other threads. Don’t be afraid to go off the beaten path, so long as the path you take is yours. Have some fun. Surprise yourself.
You’ll need a place to begin all the thinking and engagement you will do this term. This is the place.
The Oxford English Dictionary
Definitions, forms, etymology, usage, history, &c, ad nauseum...
Other Tools & Resources
First Draft Requirements
Consult the Oxford English Dictionary and two other sources.
interviews with friends
Feel absolutely free to make some stuff up completely (examples and scenarios, for instance) and to put your own experience at the forefront of this essay.
Write in traditional essay format.
Try for at least four pages, and practice MLA documentation.
Revise, Revise, Revise
Organize yourselves into small groups. Using the sources we've explored as well as your collective knowledge and experience, write a definition for one of the following terms:
Revise, Polish, Present
Intensive Revision & Editing Worksheets
friendzone friend-with-benefits frenemy
Once you've written your definition, decide the best method to present it to the class. On paper? Reading aloud? Via web?
Consider changes in your approach to
writing, your thoughts on friendship, and
your experience to compose a radically
revised version of your definition.
Take your essay apart. Move it in a new
direction. Explore every possibility.
Some Possibilities to Consider
Voice, Point of View, & Tone
Genre & Mode
Purpose, Focus, & Organization
Arbitrary Changes & Textual Tricks
A few examples...