Welcome Prof. Bernal and English 1302 students!
This library guide will assist you with your literary research.
Two-Page Critique: Prelude to a Literary Essay
Based on our “lottery,” two or three of you will be assigned the same major work, but the papers will be very different. You are to write about the work’s insight into one of several major categories: religion, the hero, women, the good life, science, nature, the nature of man, an insight into today’s world, or a major theme.
But before you write your major paper, you will write a two-page review of a critical essay dealing with your work and give a five to seven minute oral report based on your two-page critique. Your oral report is due at the beginning of the class period during which the class is due that reading. The written critique will be collected on or before you give your oral report.
Keep in mind the following guidelines as you prepare for this short paper.
1. Read the primary work as soon as possible, if not immediately
2. To locate a scholarly article, use such academic databases as Academic OneFile;, Literature Resource Center; Academic Search Complete; and JStor.
3. The critical essay you choose for your critique should provide you some insight into your topic based on one of the seven categories listed above.
4. Pick an article that seems, for lack of a better word, interesting. Pick an engaging read. Before you start writing your essay, show me a copy of the article you wish to critique.
5. Your essay should address the following questions:
A. What does it say about your work?
B. How does the article get you to see the work differently?
C. What makes the article persuasive? Even though it is a good article (or your wouldn’t bother to read it), what are some of its weaknesses?
6. Using MLA documentation, your essay should include 3 to 5 citations, including one quotation. Attach the photocopy of the article to your essay.
The essay along with the oral report is worth three pop quizzes, but more importantly, it is a major step toward finding a focus your term literary essay.
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