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Compare Contrast Essay- Critical Analysis of The Scarlet Letter

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									Nathaniel Hawthorne’s                                                                                           English 3

The ScArlet Letter
Name:_____________________________________________________ Date: ________________________ Period: _______

                                              Compare Contrast Essay
                                                Using a Critical Approach

First, to develop your argument, you must find the similarities and differences between the works you would like to
examine:
     1. Choose one of the pieces of short fiction
     2. Compare/contrast with The Scarlet Letter




                                                                                Short Fiction
              The Scarlet Letter                                   (                                      )




        What similarities do these texts share?
        What are some differences?
        What statement or idea could be formed from these comparisons?
        Develop your argument:
            o What is it you want the reader to know?


             o    What questions do you want to answer?


             o    How can this be more provoking? / What about this statement or question could be improved to add
                  sophistication and intrigue?

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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s                                                                                          English 3

The ScArlet Letter
Name:_____________________________________________________ Date: ________________________ Period: _______

                                              Defending your Argument

State your argument: ______________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________________



Go around the room and discuss your argument with two people. Have them fill out the grid below.

Peer #1: Read/discuss the argument above.       Try to validate the argument on your own before you discuss it with


them. After you have considered the argument, statement, or question, discuss it with the writer and

                                                             Does their argument make
                                  Does their argument
                                                             sense? If it is way too “out
                                 compel you to continue                                       Is this argument too
What criticism is the writer                                 there” discuss it with them.
                                  reading? Do you feel                                      obvious? How might it be
   leaning towards?                                           With further clarification
                                interest in what they are                                           improved?
                                                             does it make sense/interest
                                     wanting to say?
                                                                         you?




                  1:

Glow              2:

                  3:

__________________________________________________________________________________________________

                  1:

Grow              2:

                  3:

                                                                                        Hedden: The Scarlet Letter Unit
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s                                                                                          English 3

The ScArlet Letter
Name:_____________________________________________________ Date: ________________________ Period: _______


Peer #2: Read/discuss the argument above.       Try to validate the argument on your own before you discuss it with


them. After you have considered the argument, statement, or question, discuss it with the writer and

                                                             Does their argument make
                                  Does their argument
                                                             sense? If it is way too “out
                                 compel you to continue                                       Is this argument too
What criticism is the writer                                 there” discuss it with them.
                                  reading? Do you feel                                      obvious? How might it be
   leaning towards?                                           With further clarification
                                interest in what they are                                           improved?
                                                             does it make sense/interest
                                     wanting to say?
                                                                         you?




                  1:

Glow              2:

                  3:

__________________________________________________________________________________________________

                  1:

Grow              2:

                  3:



After discussing your argument with 2 peers take note of any changes you would like to make below:




                                                                                        Hedden: The Scarlet Letter Unit
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s                                                                                                English 3

The ScArlet Letter
Name:_____________________________________________________ Date: ________________________ Period: _______

                                           Looking Through A Critical Lens
When developing a critical stance on something it is important to really understand the general approach that critics will

take when evaluating a piece of literature.


    1. Find   3   articles that discuss the critical lens that you and your peers have discussed
    2. Annotate them

    3. Collect at least 3 pieces of textual evidence that you feel will be helpful in supporting your stance or argument
       and fill out the grid below.


                                                                        Textual evidence or
               Source was found in:               Criticism                                                Purpose
                                                                            statement




Article 1




Article 2




Article 3




                                                                                             Hedden: The Scarlet Letter Unit
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s                                                                                 English 3

The ScArlet Letter
Name:_____________________________________________________ Date: ________________________ Period: _______

                                                Collecting Evidence
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

                        Quote #1         Quote #2           Quote #3        Quote #4           Quote #5


     Pg. #

   Length
Implanted or
   Block?

  Author’s
  Purpose


 How is this
  useful to
    you?




_________________________________________________________________________________________________

Short Fiction: (                                                        ) Author: _______________________

                              Quote #1                       Quote #2                    Quote #3


     Pg. #

   Length
Implanted or
   Block?

  Author’s
  Purpose


 How is this
  useful to
    you?




                                                                               Hedden: The Scarlet Letter Unit
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s                                                                                           English 3

The ScArlet Letter
Name:_____________________________________________________ Date: ________________________ Period: _______

                                                          Concluding


            Avoid the use of those notorious “no-no” closing
                               statements!
        Restate your main idea (not word for word)

        Evaluate what points are important to understand. If nothing else, what should your reader remember.

        Construct a strong, summative, powerful, closing remark that you have worked towards throughout your paper.


 {Imagine that your reader is only going to read the last paragraph of your essay. Make sure that they might have some
                                 vague idea about what you said throughout your piece]

                                                          Reviewing

Before you turn this paper in, answer the following (Circle)

    1. Does your paper comply with MLA standards in the case of formatting, font, spacing, headers, and works cited?

                                                    Yes                No

    2. Do you think that this is evidence of hard work and critical thought?

                                                    Yes                No

    3. Have you looked over your essay for grammatical errors and non-sense statements?

                                                    Yes                No

    4. Have you read this aloud to your parent, mailman, dog, hamster, sibling, uncle, aunt, or grandparent?

                                                    Yes                No

Listener’s Signature X_________________________________________________________________________________




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