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Revelation A18CRITICAL ESSAYYour main assignment for this section is to write a short critical essay based on oneofthe poems you have read for this module or another poem you have encounteredelsewhere. Whatever poem you choose, be sure that it is substantial enough to bear acritical analysis. In other words, do not select a poem that is light, frivolous, andintended merely to amuse or entertain.Note: If you use a poem not included in this module, be sure to attach aphotocopy.In preparing to write your essay, follow these steps:Go through the poems, think about the ones that speak to you the most, andselect one that you would like to write about.Work again through first-, second-, and third-level responses to the poem in orderto decide for yourself just what it is you want to say.Formulate a thesis statement. Try to move beyond a basic observation in order toformulate a thesis that you can argue by citing aspects of the poem you areconsidering.Organize your ideas; try for at least three points in defence of your thesis, andpresent each in a separate paragraph.Draft your essay with an effective introduction, body, and conclusion.Revise your work until you are satisfied with it.Edit your revised work and produce a final, polished copy. Do not forget toproofread.GradingYou will be asked to respond critically to one or more literary texts when you write yourDiploma 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 markingguidelines 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 theteachers who mark the critical essay in Part A of your English Language Arts 30-1Diploma Exam (an exact duplication can't be guaranteed, because the guidelines arealtered slightly from time to time). You were given this guide in Module 3, but you werenot asked to use it there. Your response will be graded according to this marking
Revelation A18guide.Thought and UnderstandingSupportingEvidenceForm 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 reinforcethe student's ideasin 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 afluent, 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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