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									       Critical Analysis Assignment – English III AP
Objective 1 – To find one critical essay that presents a new, intriguing,
fresh and/or controversial stance toward Huckleberry Finn. This piece of
criticism must be lengthy enough to sustain an intense analysis. Be
sure to photocopy the essay and copy all pertinent bibliographic

      Completed in library Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12

Objective 2 – To analyze the essay: to try to understand it better by
breaking it down into its component parts, studying those parts, and
seeing how they relate to each other and to the work as a whole. (Details
to follow…)

         Completed Tuesday, September12 and Wednesday, September 13

Objective 3 – Based upon the findings of your analysis, to assess,
critique, or evaluate the validity of the critic’s argument.
                       Completed Thursday, September14

Objective 4 – To prepare your assessment in essay form, using MLA

            Completed Friday, September 15 – Monday, September 18
               Due Tuesday, September 19 at beginning of class
Details for Objective 2 – Analysis

     First read, and reread your selected criticism.

     Once you have a basic understanding, annotate the selection. To
     help your comprehension, highlight the following in three separate
           *Claim(s)/Thesis, if directly stated. If implied, write the
           claim in the margin of your photocopied pages.
           *Main Points used to support the claim. (Usually stated,
           explained and developed in separate paragraphs or groups of
           *Evidence or support for main points. (Examples, quotes,
           statistics, personal anecdotes or stories…)

     Having established what the critic is arguing, consider next how
     the argument is developed. Make notes in the margins regarding
     the following:

           *Go back to the claim, and consider the author’s purpose: is
           it to argue a point or to explore a certain idea?
           *Consider the mode of development: does the critic use
           narration, description, definition, explanation, cause and
           effect, comparison and contrast, process analysis,
           classification, or some combination of modes?
           *Analyze the order in which the thesis, main points, and
           support are organized: is this information arranged from
           general to specific, chronologically by the events in the novel,
           simple to complex, or in order of importance?

     Spend time, as well, examining the critic’s style and its
     relationship to the argument.

           *Examine the author’s use of word choice, language, and
           syntax, and tone. Remember, tone is closely related to the
           author’s purpose.

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