January 2011 English Regents Critical Lens Essay Topics

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1 The New York State English Regents
Format and ChangesOctober 15, 2010

2 What’s new about this Regents?
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.

3 Wait, I don’t know what a controlling idea essay is!
The English Regents is broken down into sections. They are as follows:ListeningReading ComprehensionControlling IdeaCritical Lens

4 Listening SectionThe 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 heard.

5 Reading Comprehension
You will read approximately two passages and answer the multiple choice questions that follow.

6 Controlling IdeaYou 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.

7 Controlling Idea Short Answer Examples
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.

8 Critical Lens EssayThe 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.

9 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.

10 You are then given a quote
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 criteriafor analysis• Indicate whether you agree or disagree with the statement as you have interpreted it• 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 elements(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

11 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 mean_______________________________________________________.”


Part 1: Listening for Information and Understanding
You will listen to a lecture or a speech and answer 8 multiple-choice questions about key ideas in the passage. The lecture or speech will be read twice. You may take notes at any time during the readings, and you may use your notes in answering the multiple-choice questions.

Part 2: Reading for Information and Understanding
You should expect to read a literary passage plus an informational passage and answer 6 multiple-choice questions on basic comprehension of main ideas, vocabulary, and interpretation for each passage.

Part 3: Reading and Writing for Literary Response
You will read two literature selections (from fiction, poetry, memoir, or literary non-fiction) that are linked by a common theme, answer 5 multiple-choice questions on key ideas, details, vocabulary, and answer two short constructed response questions�one on the controlling idea and one on a literary element or technique from one of the passages.

Part 4 Reading and Writing for Critical (Literary) Analysis and Evaluation
In this part, you are required to write a critical essay in which you discuss two works of literature you have read from the particular perspective of a statement that is provided as a “critical lens.” Your interpretation of the “lens” and response to it become the controlling idea for your essay. Here you must interpret a sophisticated prompt, develop a critical point of view in response to that prompt, and develop that critical point of view with detailed reference to two works. You must also use specific references to appropriate literary elements to show how the chosen works support your opinion.

How Is The English Regents Scored?

Your final score is based on the total number of correct answers to the multiple- choice questions and the rating of the essay. All papers are read by at least two English teachers and may be reviewed by a third reader. They will evaluate your essay for meaning, development, organization, language use, and conventions. The scoring rubrics for the essay are outlined below.
Understanding the Rubrics
Rubrics are descriptive guidelines for how teachers will score the essays you write. Understanding the language of the rubrics will help you understand what is expected in each task and show you what makes the difference between a high and a middle score, or between a middle and a low score on an essay.
The essay of the Regents exam is scored on a scale of 1�6 for the same five qualities. Essays rated 5 or 6 are considered high scoring essays; 3�4 are middle range; 1�2 are low scoring and are not likely to result in a passing score.

What are the Five Qualities in the Rubrics?
Meaning The extent to which the response exhibits sound understanding, interpretation, and analysis of the task and text(s).
Development The extent to which ideas are elaborated using specific and relevant evidence from the text(s).
Organization The extent to which the response exhibits direction, shape, and coherence.
Language Use The extent to which the response reveals an awareness of audience and purpose through effective use of words, sentence structure, and sentence variety.
Conventions The extent to which the response exhibits conventional spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and usage.

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