The New York State English Regents by yantingting


									The New York State
 English Regents

  Format and Changes

   October 15, 2010
The first administration of the new three-hour, one-day Regents
   Comprehensive Examination in English will take place in
                         January 2011.

       What’s new about this Regents?

-Not much! It is just a condensed version of
  the original two day exam.

The only difference is in the “Controlling
 Idea” essay. It is now two short response
 questions instead.
       Wait, I don’t know what a
       controlling idea essay is!
•   The English Regents is broken down into
    sections. They are as follows:

     2.Reading Comprehension
     3.Controlling Idea
     4.Critical Lens
           Listening Section
• The listening section is the first part of the
  Regents exam.
• The proctor will read a passage aloud and
  you will take notes. Then, you will have 5
  minutes to look over the questions before
  the passage is read a second time.
• You will have to answer multiple choice
  questions based on the passage you
    Reading Comprehension
• You will read approximately two passages
  and answer the multiple choice questions
  that follow.
           Controlling Idea
• You will read two passages that have a
  similar theme or controlling idea.

• Then, you will answer multiple choice
  questions on the passages.

• Finally, you will have two short answer
  responses to answer.
     Controlling Idea Short Answer
• Write a well-developed paragraph in which you
  use ideas from both passages to establish a
  controlling idea about ______________. Develop
  your controlling idea using specific examples and
  details from each passage.

• Choose a specific literary element (e.g., theme,
  characterization, structure, point of view, etc.) or
  literary technique (e.g., symbolism, irony,
  figurative language, etc.) used by one of the
  authors. Using specific details from that passage,
  in a well-developed paragraph, show how the
  author uses that element or technique to develop
  the passage.
         Critical Lens Essay
• The critical lens essay will test your
  recollection of the works you have read in
  high school.

• Additionally, it will test your ability to
  critical think about a particular topic and
  apply it to a specific work.
          Critical Lens Essay
• Your Task:
  – Write a critical essay in which you discuss two works
    of literature you have read from the particular
    perspective of the statement that is provided for you
    in the Critical Lens. In your essay, provide a valid
    interpretation of the statement, agree or disagree with
    the statement as you have interpreted it, and support
    your opinion using specific references to appropriate
    literary elements from the two works. You may use
    scrap paper to plan your response. Write your essay,
    beginning on page 3 of the essay booklet.
     You are then given a quote. The “guidelines” are the
    Regent’s idea of giving you a BIG HINT as to what you
                      should write about!
•   Guidelines:
•   Be sure to
•   • Provide a valid interpretation of the critical lens that clearly establishes the criteria
•   for analysis
•   • Indicate whether you agree or disagree with the statement as you have interpreted
•   • Choose two works you have read that you believe best support your opinion
•   • Use the criteria suggested by the critical lens to analyze the works you have chosen
•   • Avoid plot summary. Instead, use specific references to appropriate literary
•   (for example: theme, characterization, setting, point of view) to develop your analysis
•   • Organize your ideas in a unified and coherent manner
•   • Specify the titles and authors of the literature you choose
•   • Follow the conventions of standard written English
 How to write a critical lens essay
    • Agree or Disagree with the quote.
     *Note: it is easier to agree!

“I agree with the critical lens (insert
  quote here).”

“I interpret the critical lens to

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