Sample Introduction and Date _________ Period ______
“It is the responsibility of the writer to expose our many grievous faults and failures and to hold up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams, for the purpose of improvement.” –John Steinbeck (adapted)
Directions: All of the following are essential in a good introduction. Number the following in the introduction:
1. The lens 2. Interpretation 3. Agree or disagree 4. Titles and authors 5. Why the work fits the lens
John Steinbeck once said, “It is the responsibility of the writer to expose our many grievous faults and failures and to hold up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams, for the purpose of improvement.” In various works of literature, authors will often expose the shortcomings of others so that readers can improve upon the failures of the past. Although this is not always the direct goal of an author, it is an indirect responsibility readers have come to expect; readers expect the author to allude to others’ faults and failures so they can avoid making the same mistakes in the future. In The Crucible, Arthur Miller brings to light the many imperfections of his characters, allowing the reader ample opportunity to improve upon the failures of others.
Directions: This is an example of a well-developed body paragraph that uses specific literary elements to discuss how the work demonstrates the critical lens. Complete the following to illustrate what a well-written body paragraph looks like:
1. Circle the words used to discuss literary elements.
2. Underline (once) statements that provide a direct link to the critical lens.
3. Underline (twice) examples of specific examples from the text used to illustrate how the work relates to the critical lens.
Body Paragraph One: In The Crucible, Miller chooses as a setting the Puritan town of Salem at the time of the