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INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPH:

· State the critical lens quote directly, with quotation marks and who said it. For example: According to Fred Flintstone, “Yabba, Dabba, Do.”
· Put the quote into your own words. Use a simple interpretation that you can prove/disprove with works you have read. For example: In other words, life is great.
· State whether the quote is true or false (agree or disagree) – USUALLY EASIER TO AGREE.
· Introduce the two works you will use to prove/disprove your interpretation of the quote in the order you’ll address them. Include genre and author. If you are using a play or a novel (any of the books we read this year), the title is underlined.
· Mention how both authors use literary elements when proving the validity or falsehood of the quote. If you introduce the specific elements you're going to discuss, you must introduce them in the order you'll address them in the essay.


BODY PARAGRAPH 1:

· Address work 1. Identify how this work proves or disproves your interpretation of the critical lens quote.
· Show how the writer uses AT LEAST TWO literary elements to help prove/disprove the quote.
· Be as specific as possible with literary elements. REMEMBER THAT POINT OF VIEW IS NOT RELEVANT IN A PLAY!!!


BODY PARAGRAPH 2:

· Address work 2. Identify how this work proves or disproves your interpretation of the critical lens quote.
· Show how the writer uses AT LEAST TWO literary elements to help prove/disprove the quote.
· Be as specific as possible with literary elements. REMEMBER THAT POINT OF VIEW IS NOT RELEVANT IN A PLAY!!!

CONCLUDING PARAGRAPH:

· Restate the quote directly and who said it.
· Re-interpret the quote (change your phrasing from introduction).
· Mention that both writers integrate literary elements into works, which help prove/disprove the quote.
· Take your interpretation of the quote and make a broad statement about life/society.


 

Date Last Revised: July 19, 2007