The Definition of Poverty Essay
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What are the definitions of poor and poverty? Many people hear the words poverty and have different meanings, so how do we know which definition and I poor is the correct one? According to many people poverty may mean a person who does not have any money to do the things they want to do, however most people can afford to live only on the things they truly need. This is just one example; there are many other definitions of the word poverty. Then what do people consider to be the meaning of the word poor? Some may say poor is not having enough money for that extra something at the supermarket or at the mall. What exactly are the true definitions of each word, and how do you tell the words apart and how do you know what to…show more content…
So how do we know that both of these are true meanings of the word poverty? It could also be an educated guess as the word poor. I believe we must take the learned definitions of each word and merge them with our own opinions and the situations in which they are used to come to an accurate definition. In the beginning of my research of the word poor I had just thought that the word meant not having anything, digging through garbage for food and living in the streets. I always thought about the children advertised on the television that had no food and were nothing but skin and bones; however in my research using the (OED) I found the word poor can mean many different things like having only few materials needing the things that provide the comforts or the nessecities needed in human life so as in doing the research I have done it has changed my mind a little and in a way has me confused about the true meaning of the two words. As I have described poor in the last paragraph I have also thought about the meanin of the word poverty and how closely the two definitions are related they both mean to me having little or nothing, not having the nessecities needed in life they both mean having little or no wealth, they can also mean having poor condition of the body. I believe that is why the English language is so distinct
Learn English Writing
Most ESL students learning to write an English passage have a hard time understanding the purpose of a thesis statement.
Here’s a simple approach: one thesis sentence pattern suitable for intermediate+ level students.
Part 1. What’s a Thesis?
A thesis has a few important features:
- usually one sentence
- tells the reader the main idea
- is the focus of the essay or story
Everything in the story, passage or essay explains and proves the thesis. If someone asks what your essay is about, the best answer is to say the thesis.
Bad Thesis Examples
I asked a group of students to write an essay. The subject was poverty. I gave them a question to start their thinking:
- What is the best way to stop poverty?
Their job was to write the introduction paragraph with a clear thesis sentence. Here are some of their answers.
- “My essay is about poor people.”
- “My essay is about Iran.”
Well, none of these answers are good.
Part 2. How to Write a Thesis Statement
Here is a four-step process to write a thesis sentence using the above example about poverty.
First, choose a narrow topic. Poverty is a big idea. Be specific. So let’s pick an area. Poor villages in Africa is a good start.
Second, find the key parts of the topic. In this case, the question is, “What is the best way to stop poverty in a poor African village?” There are two parts in the question:
- a) stop poverty and b) the best way.
Third, change the two parts into two questions. Here is an example:
- a) how can we stop poverty in a poor African village? and b) why is it the best way?
Fourth, create a thesis by answering each of these questions in one sentence. I suggest a sentence pattern like this:
- HOW (your idea about what to do) because WHY (the benefit or reason)
Two possible thesis sentences:
- Donating money to World Vision is a great way to stop poverty in poor African villages because this organization helps children by giving them food, clothing and shelter.
- Helping people in poor African villages start their own businesses is a good way to stop poverty because it builds independence, creates wealth that stays in the local communities and reduces their need for donations from charities.
In each thesis sentence, we have described two parts:
- the way to stop poverty
- why it is a good idea
Part 3 Practice the Sentence Pattern
Here are a few practice questions. Download the worksheet here and try writing some thesis sentences.
Ask students to chose one of the thesis sentences from the worksheet and write a 3 to 5 paragraph essay or story.
Part 4. More Practice
Another writing activity to apply this knowledge. Here’s the task.
- Watch the video below.
- Work with a partner to brainstorm a thesis. Use the sentence pattern described above.
- Think about reasons, evidence and details.
- Make notes.
- Individually, write a 1 to 2 page story or essay with a clear thesis plus reasons, examples and details.
- Be sure to include a paragraph or two which describes your response. Do you agree with the thesis in the video?
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