Critical Lens Assignment Your Task: Write a critical essay in which you discuss two works of literature you have read from the particular perspective of the statement that is provided for you in the Critical Lens. In your essay, provide a valid interpretation of the statement, agree or disagree with the statement as you have interpreted it, and support your opinion using specific references to appropriate literary elements from the two works. Critical Lens: “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ~J.K. Rowling Guidelines: Be sure to Provide a valid interpretation of the critical lens that clearly establishes the criteria for analysis. Indicate whether you agree or disagree with the statement as you have interpreted it. Choose two works you have read that you believe best support your opinion. Use the criteria suggested by the critical lens to analyze the works you have chosen. Avoid plot summary. Instead, use specific references to appropriate literary elements (examples: theme, setting, characterization, etc.) to develop your analysis. Organize your ideas in a unified and coherent manner. Specify titles and authors of the literature you choose. Follow the conventions of standard written English. Critical Lens – Graphic Organizer 1 Interpret the Quote (in your own words) Agree or Disagree Literary Work: Title and Author Literary Technique: Literary Technique: Definition and Example Definition and Example Conclusion Critical Lens Outline 1 I. Introduction: A. Re-write Quote: B. Agree/Disagree with Quote: C. Thesis Statement (state title and author of the literary work and what literary techniques to prove): II. Topic Sentence: __________________________________________________ A. Literary Technique and Definition: B. Example from Literature: C. Connect to Quote: III. Topic Sentence: __________________________________________________ A. Literary Technique and Definition: B. Example from Literature: C. Connect to Quote: IV. Conclusion: A. Restate Thesis: B. Summary of literary work and connection back to quote: C. Restate the point that you proved in your paper: Understanding the Critical Lens Rubric *Quality = What features or traits are we looking for in your essay? a. Meaning: Does it make sense? What work(s) would you use that could relate to the quote? ________________________________________________________ Why? ____________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ b. Development: Is it explained and supported? Give an example of a literary element from your story that would prove the quote to be true and give a specific detail from the story that relates to the element (hint: foreshadowing, tone/mood, characterization, theme, internal conflict…). ____________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ c. Organization: Is it organized and planned? What would be some things in your essay that I would be looking for in order to tell if your essay was organized? ___ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ d. Language Use: How could I tell that your essay had variety as well as an awareness of who your audience was? __________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ e. Conventions: How is your grammar? What are two specific grammar problems I might notice? ____________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ If you only prove the quote is true or not true by using one piece of literature, you can not score higher than a “3.” Always use at least two works of literature!