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What is a Critical/Analytical Response Essay?

To be used with ELA 10-1 students for a very basic introduction to the Critical/Analytical Response Essay
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Teri Hartman

on 24 September 2015

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Transcript of What is a Critical/Analytical Response Essay?

A Critical/Analytical Response Essay requires you to analyze a given theme/topic in a literary text.

Ultimately, you are demonstrating your understanding of a text, by analyzing the text creator's choices and the ideas s/he communicates in a story.
The Purpose
The Basic Structure
Example
Topic:

Discuss the ideas(s) developed by the text creator about the significance of relationships with others in an individual's life.
Formatting
CRs are to be written
as an essay
. Essays contain:
an introductory paragraph
a series of "body" paragraphs
a concluding paragraph

CRs should have an academic, intelligent, and formal tone. This means your language choices should not contain:
slang and other informal expressions
contractions
first or second person voice ("I/My"; "You/We")


The Basics
What is a Critical/Analytical Response Essay?
Your turn to think:
What ideas/"lessons" about this topic are presented in
To Kill a Mockingbird
?
The body paragraphs contain your
main analysis
of the essay. In these paragraphs you examine the topic and text and choose specific examples from the text to support your interpretations. Like any good piece of writing, the paragraphs should be organized into separate sub-ideas, but still examine the thesis as a whole.
The "answer" to this question will become your
thesis
.
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