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Copy of Copy of NYS English Regents Prep

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NYS English Regents Preparation
The NYS English Regents is divided
into 4 main parts.
These include:

I Listening
II Reading Comprehension
III Literary Analysis
IV Critical Lens
Part 1: Listening for Information and Understanding
You will listen to a lecture or a speech and answer 8 multiple-choice questions about key ideas in the passage. The lecture or speech will be read twice. You may take notes at any time during the readings, and you may use your notes in answering the multiple-choice questions.
Part 2: Reading for Information and Understanding

You should expect to read a literary passage plus an informational passage and answer 6 multiple-choice questions on basic comprehension of main ideas, vocabulary, and interpretation for each passage.
Part 3: The Controlling Idea

Reading and Writing for Literary Response
You will read two literature selections (from fiction, poetry, memoir, or literary non-fiction) that are linked by a common theme, answer 5 multiple-choice questions on key ideas, details, vocabulary, and answer two short constructed response questions—one on the controlling idea and one on a literary element or technique from one of the passages.
Part 4 Reading and Writing for Critical (Literary) Analysis and Evaluation

In this part, you are required to write a critical essay in which you discuss two works of literature you have read from the particular perspective of a statement that is provided as a “critical lens.” Your interpretation of the “lens” and response to it become the controlling idea for your essay. Here you must interpret a sophisticated prompt, develop a critical point of view in response to that prompt, and develop that critical point of view with detailed reference to two works. You must also use specific references to appropriate literary elements to show how the chosen works support your opinion

Hints for Writing

-From one of the passages pick a literary device used in multiple places (symbolism, metaphor or others suggested in the prompt).
When examining the passage and its device consider the following questions:

How does the use of the literary technique or element affect the reader? affect the passage? affect the setting? affect the mood? affect the tone? develop the theme? develop the character?

Answering these questions in terms of you literary element will bring proper development to your response.

-Write a brief outline organizing your thoughts.
The first few sentences should give a brief overview of the passage. Please include title and author's name.
Then introduce the literary element, define it, and state your thesis--how does the literary element work to develop the passage?

-Develop thorough examples (3-4). Use specific quotes. Identify each use of the technique and what is achieved by using it.

-Conclude by summarizing and challenging the reader with a unique though or perception about the use of the technique. In those concluding sentences refer back to your thesis.
Hints for Part I Listening

-Record the title of the passage and its author
(pay attention to the correct spelling of each).
-The passage will be read twice.
-Take notes during both readings but the second time should be question driven.
-Listen for:
overall theme (message of the speaker)
details concerning setting, conflict examples of metaphor, symbolism, irony, hyperbole, etc.
Hints for Part II

-Preview the questions before reading the passages.
-Read Passage A, with the questions in mind, but make summary notes in the margin.
-Read Passage A a second time, then answer the questions.
-Follow the same pattern for Passage B
-Questions will include quotes from the passages. These can be misleading, read the quotes in context. Read the whole paragraph, and if necessary, the paragraph preceding (before) the quote paragraph
-Some questions may be about vocabulary use context clues.
-Make sure you can summarize the passages in one or two sentences--this will give you the theme.
What does this tell you about: people (a person), life, struggle, overcoming the odds, helping other a willingness to succeed, relationships, etc?
Hints for Part III

-Here you begin the research for the two
short writing pieces.
-Review the writing prompts for both paragraphs
Controlling Idea
Use of Literary Term or Technique
-Review the questions for this section.
-Read both passages with questions in mind, but make notes in the margin (short paragraph summaries)
-Look for literary elements (examples are listed for both
terms and techniques).
Underline these and explain in the
margin why it is an example of each term or technique.
-Answer the questions
Controlling Idea Writing

-The prompt for this writing says that you are to produce a well-developed paragraphin which you use ideas from both passages to develop a controlling idea about a certain subject (this subject will vary by test)-The controlling idea will be a thematic connection.

Hints for Preparation

-Read both passages, make notes in the margins or on scrap paper concerning the similarities between each--think theme.
-Highlight at least 3 examples that help establish a connection (the controlling idea) between the two pieces. Although 4 examples would be better.
-Write a brief outline to organize your thoughts.
-Though you are only writing a paragraph, you still need an introduction. Your introduction should
gain the interest of the reader. Use a quote from one of the passages that's theme oriented.
-Next, identify and briefly summarize each passage in a couple of sentences.
-After this write out your thesis stating what you believe is the controlling idea.
-The next portion of your paragraph you should use two examples from Passage A that supports the controlling idea.
After this repeat for Passage B.
-For each passage use direct quotes from each passage.
-Finally use a couple of sentences to sum up what you just starting with restating your thesis.

Question # 27 Literary Technique Writing
Here you examine the two passages according to the literary techniques
or devices used in the passages.

You do not need to focus on both passages but only one and you need to
show how the author uses the element or technique to develop the passage.

The key is how the element or technique is used to develop.

There is a temptation just to identify the literary element. However the author uses the technique to influence the reader in some way. This is what you are to show.

The goal of the Critical Lens Essay is to test your processing ability. You are given a quote, typically associated with literature, and are asked to agree or disagree using examples from literature you have read over your high school career. In addition to that you are also asked to identify, also through example, certain literary elements (4 is sufficient) and techniques used in those pieces of literature as part of argument of agreement or disagreement.

1 Read the Task section several times. Identify the components they want you to include in your essay.

2 Read the Quote several times. Be familiar with what it is saying. Rewrite the quote in your own words on scrap paper to help if need be.

3 Separate the quote into understandable parts. Look at each phrase because this may help you to choose your literary examples.Try to come up with multiple synonyms for important vocabulary words (think close read) to help you understand what the quote is telling you.

4 Highlight words or phrases you aren’t familiar with, or which you find symbolic. These too may also help you to identify literary examples.

5 On your scrap paper write a simple statement about whether you agree or disagree with the quote and why. List two or three examples or whatever the Guidelines ask you to do. Here you will choose your 2 texts that prove your interpretation of the quote to be true and you relate any and all information from these texts back to your interpretation of the quote.

6 Think about what the quote means again. When writers truly about what they mean to say or express, their ideas are expressed more clearly. You are trying to get your reader “hooked” on the idea or action you support.

7. You develop this essay into 4-6 paragraphs - being mindful that whatever you put in this essay must have sound mechanics, discuss 2 works/texts, and include multiple (thing 4) literary elements that prove your interpretation of the quote to be true.
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