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Hook

-initial attention getter

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Central Idea

-the core of the writer's assertion

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Thesis

-outline of writer's proofs

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Topic Sentence

-focus of paragraph, part of thesis

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Structure

-introduction, body conclusion

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Expository Essay

-presentation of information, facts, ideas

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Persuasive Essay

-presentation to convince reader

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Descriptive Essay

-single clear picture of person, place, thing, or idea

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Narrative Essay

-tells a story

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Literary Criticism

-analyzes and comments on literature

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Formalist Criticism

-Emphasizes the work as an independent creation utilizing personal response and close examination of the work
-dominant from 30's to 70's; most often used with student criticism

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Deconstructive Criticism

-opposite of formalist criticism
-seeks to reveal author's social, cultural, or philosophical assumptions by close examination of the text

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Historical Criticism

-Works are studied with historical context
-example: the study of Macbeth would involve Elizabethan attitudes towards ghosts

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Psychological Criticism

-utilizes Freudian theories and psychoanalytic interpretations

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Gender Criticism

-feminist and gay criticism reflecting cultural framework