WRITING A CRITICAL LENS ESSAY: STEPS TO FOLLOW INTRODUCTION: 1. Copy the critical lens statement. 2. Restate the critical lens statement by paraphrasing it in your own words. Start with In other words, 3. Agree or disagree with the critical lens statement and identify the works you will discuss. Here are two possible starts for your sentence (choose one): A. The truth of this statement is shown by … (the novel The Pearl by John Steinbeck and the novel The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway). B. This statement is supported by … (genres, titles, authors) 4. Thesis statement here. FIRST BODY PARAGRAPH: 5. The topic sentence should relate to the critical lens statement and the book Example: If the critical lens statement is: "Conflict in literature provide challenges to characters", a possible topic sentence is … In The Pearl, Kino faces conflicts that challenges him. 6. Include a brief plot summary (one sentence). 7. Explain your first example, with lots of textual evidence (ex. information from the book about a conflict he faces). You may begin with One example … (of a conflict that challenges Kino is …). 8. Identify literary techniques the author uses that support your analysis (from the notebox). 9. Make a transition into your second example (Another example… ; On the other hand…) 10. Explain your second example, with lots of specific textual evidence. 11. Write a wrap sentence that again refers to the critical lens statement. SECOND BODY PARAGRAPH:
12. Follow steps #4-10 above for your second book.
13. Brief relate back to the critical lens and the two books used. 14. Try to extend by giving your reader some insight or something to think about Sample Critical Lens introduction/body for copy changes (1) Family relationships can be either supportive or harmful. (2) In other words, interactions between family members might be helpful or they might be detrimental. (3) The truth of this statement is supported by the novel To Kill a Mockingbird...
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