A18-Critical Essay.doc - CRITICAL ESSAY Your main assignment for this section is to write a short critical essay based on one of the poems you've read

A18-Critical Essay.doc - CRITICAL ESSAY Your main...

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CRITICAL ESSAY Your main assignment for this section is to write a short critical essay based on one of the poems you've read for this module or another poem you've encountered elsewhere. Whatever poem you choose, be sure that it's substantial enough to bear a critical analysis. In other words, don't select a poem that's light, frivolous, and intended merely to amuse or entertain. Note: If you use a poem not included in this module, be sure to attach a photocopy. In preparing to write your essay, follow these steps: Go through the poems, think about the ones that speak to you the most, and select one that you'd like to write about. Work again through first-, second-, and third-level responses to the poem in order to decide for yourself just what it is you want to say. Formulate a thesis statement. Try to move beyond a basic observation in order to formulate a thesis that you can argue by citing aspects of the poem you're considering. Organize your ideas; try for at least three points in defence of your thesis, and present each in a separate paragraph. Draft your essay with an effective introduction, body, and conclusion. Revise your work until you're satisfied with it. Edit your revised work and produce a final, polished copy. Don't forget to proofread. Grading You'll be asked to respond critically to one or more literary texts when you write your Diploma Exam. You'll be getting more practice in this sort of writing in future modules, but at this point it would help if you started to become familiar with the marking guidelines on which the critical response on your Diploma Exam will be graded. What follows is a close approximation of the marking guide that will be used by the teachers who mark the critical essay in Part A of your English Language Arts 30-1 Diploma Exam (an exact duplication can't be guaranteed, because the guidelines are altered slightly from time to time). You were given this guide in Module 3, but you weren't asked to use it there. Your response will be graded according to this
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marking guide. Thought and Understanding Supporting Evidence Form and Structure Matters of Choice Matters of Correctness Excellent 5 Ideas 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 in a deliberate and judicious way. A strong connection to the student's ideas is maintained. 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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