Tuesday, 17 April 2018



Project: Preparing to Write the Critical Essay

In preparing to write a critical essay on Hamlet, you will need to follow the same series of steps that you would follow in writing any other exposition. These include the following:

selecting a topic
limiting the topic
developing a thesis statement
writing the first draft
writing the final draft

You will complete the task of writing a critical essay in two parts. This assignment is the prewriting phase. You will write your full essay in next assignment.

In the current project, you will complete the following:

Step 1: Name the character and related, limited aspect you wish to write about in your critical essay (i.e., choose and limit a topic).

Example: Hamlet (the character) and his relationships with women in the play (the topic).
Step 2: Formulate the statement you wish to make about the topic you stated. (i.e., draft a thesis statement).

Check out this video on how to write an effective thesis statement: 

Step 3: Write a tentative outline for your critical essay. Please download the outline template and fill it in. You must turn in this specific outline to receive the full amount of credit.

Note: All three steps need to be included for full credit for this assignment.

For this essay, do not use outside sources, but use direct evidence from Hamlet itself.

Careful, thoughtful completion of the three steps above is essential to the success of your critical essay. Your teacher will analyze your work and may request revisions before you can move on to the writing stage in the next assignment.

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