Critical Lens Essay

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Critical lens Essays provide a quote, which the student must connect to literature read.

The literature must be that read in class.  It consists of 5 paragraphs = Introduction, 3 body paragraphs, conclusion.  The student must discuss 2 pieces of literature and three literary terms.  Students must know the correct titles of the literature and punctuate it correctly. All titles are capitalized. Book titles are underlined and short stories are put in quotes 

Begins with the actual quote  Next sentence is the interpretation of the quote (what does it mean).  Can NOT use I, you, we, me, my. Instead use they, readers, people Example: This quote means that people.  Is the quote true or not/mention the book titles you will use. This quote is true in the books ________ and __________ because../ Readers think this quote is true in the books ______ and ____ because…Mention the literary terms that support the quote in the chosen books. Example: Irony, conflict, and setting support the quote. The author uses irony, conflict and setting to show how this quote is true. 

 Restate

the interpretation of the quote  Name the pieces of literature/ you must use 2  Define the literary term used  Use specific examples from the literature to back up the quote, applying the lit term to both books  Connect the book back to the interpretation

 Conclusion
 Is

the opposite order from the introduction; Do NOT use exact wording  End with the quote



Foreshadowing author gives hint about events to come
Irony:

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Dramatic irony- the reader knows something the character doesn’t know Unexpected irony- something happens differently than what is expected Verbal irony- the character says the opposite of what he means



Theme -the underlying message of the story

Setting-where and when the story takes place



Symbolism- something stands for something else...
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