For a writing a definition essay you will need to take all of your source data from interviews and dictionaries and analyze it for patterns.You will be looking for some contrasts and/or similarities in the definitions you have gathered that you can use to organize your data into an interesting essay.You will use this contrast or pattern in order to form a thesis for your essay about the information in your interviews.Start your analysis by doing the following (save all your analysis to be turned in with your essay):
1. Prepare for your essay by analyzing your data. Begin by reading the first interview and writing a number for each meaning the person gives. Then read the second interview and if they repeat a meaning, give it the same number you gave it in the first interview.If that person gives new meanings, then give these new numbers. Continue doing this through all of your interviews.