2. Quick warm-up: How little choices can have a big impact...
"It's my pleasure" vs. "You're welcome"
Morrison sweeps up her readers in a state of tortured yet meaningful confusion.
Morrison neglects her readers in a state of tortured and insubstantial confusion.
3. Editing the critical review
- Do the opening paragraph and the plot summary clearly and powerfully convey the tone and purpose of the review? If not, suggest places where the writer can clarify and strengthen the tone.
- Do the opening paragraph and plot summary clearly establish the novel's genre, year of publication, structure, and other basic information?
- Do the body paragraphs evaluate the author's craft as effective or ineffective?
- Do the body paragraphs focus on specific elements of the author's craft, such as characterization, setting, symbols, motifs, and themes?
- Remember that the focus here is on how the author effectively or ineffectively creates compelling characters, significant setting, etc.; this differs from straightforward literary analysis.
- Do the body paragraphs justify the writer's claims by bringing in specific examples/quotations?
- Does the closing paragraph drive home the writer's evaluation of this novel?
- Some possibilities for the conclusion: Possible audiences for this book, your projected future for this book, a comparison/contrast to other books by this author...
Please click on the "Writing Reviser" link using FIREFOX, and I will walk you through how to use this tool to edit for active voice, diction, and syntax.
MLA heading and title
12 point font, double spacing, margins, etc.
Headers on each page (Walker 2)
Quotation citations (Morrison 28)
Properly spelled author and character names
1. Final draft of critical review is due Friday.
2. Next Beloved Socratic seminar is tomorrow; reading ticket is on imagery.