Today in class we took a look at the format of a critical lens. In case you are wondering, here it is...
*State the quote
*Reword the quote
*Explain the significance and the meaning of the quote.
*Thesis - Explain how you are going to prove the quote EITHER true or false with two pieces of literature. The thesis should be detailed enough to give a general outline of your entire paper.
*Create an introductory sentence where you explain which literary tool the author utilizes to support your theory of the validity of the quote.
*Give details about how the literary work ties in with the quote.
*Connect the use of the literary tool, the idea of the quote and the story itself to reiterate the fact that you are correct in your theory.
*Write another paragraph using the first work and the second literary tool.
Repeat 1st and 2nd for the 2nd literary work. Don't slack off and be sure to CONNECT to the focus of the whole paper, which is your quote.
*Restate your thesis from the intro, but use different wording.
*Connect the quote, the story, and the literary tools once more.
*End with a short discussion about the validity or invalidity of the idea of the quote. In these final two sentences, you should no longer be focusing on the literary works, but only the idea behind the quote.
Look here for some examples of critical lenses. (A 6 is a well-written essay, but as the scores decrease you will see terribly written essays.)
Have a great day!