A30-Critical Essay - CRITICAL ESSAY Your main assignment...

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CRITICAL ESSAYYour main assignment for this section is to write a short critical essaybased on oneof the poems you've read for this module or another poemyou've encountered elsewhere. Whatever poem you choose, be sure thatit's substantial enough to bear a critical analysis. In other words, don'tselect a poem that's light, frivolous, and intended merely to amuse orentertain. Note: If you use a poem not included in this module, besure to attach a photocopy.In preparing to write your essay, followthese steps:Go through the poems, think about the ones that speak to you themost, and select one that you'd like to write about.Work again through first-, second-, and third-level responses to thepoem in order to decide for yourself just what it is you want to say.Formulate a thesis statement. Try to move beyond a basicobservation in order to formulate a thesis that you can argue byciting aspects of the poem you're considering.Organize your ideas; try for at least three points in defence of yourthesis, and present each in a separate paragraph.Draft your essay with an effective introduction, body, andconclusion.Revise your work until you're satisfied with it.Edit your revised work and produce a final, polished copy. Don'tforget to proofread.GradingYou'll be asked to respondcritically to one or more literary texts when you write you’reDiploma Exam. You'll be getting more practice in this sort of writingin future modules, but at this point it would help if you started tobecome familiar with the marking guidelines on which the criticalresponse on your Diploma Exam will be graded. What follows is aclose approximation of the marking guide that will be used by theteachers who mark the critical essay in Part A of your EnglishLanguage Arts 30-1 Diploma Exam (an exact duplication can't beguaranteed, because the guidelines are altered slightly from timeto time). You were given this guide in Module 3, but you weren'tasked to use it there. Your response will be graded according
to this marking guide.Thought and UnderstandingSupporting EvidenceForm and StructureMatters of ChoiceMatters of CorrectnessExcellent5Ideas are insightful, demonstrating a comprehension of subtle distinctions in the literary text(s) and the topic. Literary interpretations are perceptive and illuminating.Support is explicit, precise, and deliberately chosen to reinforce the student's ideas ina deliberate and judicious way. A strong connection to thestudent's ideas ismaintained.An effective arrangement of ideas and/or details contributes to a fluent, controlled, and shaped discussion that concludes skilfully. The unifying effect and/or controlling idea is successfully sustained, integrated, and coherently presented.

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