AND FINAL EXAM—CAPT PROCEDURE
Table of Contents:
1. Cheat Sheet
2. Good Literature Guidelines
Little Cheat Sheet Just For You 2012-13
Question # 2 :
answer this question, remember you’re exploring TWO parts of a story: character,
conflict, point of view, narrator, setting, and perhaps theme.
Begin your response something like:
Quote (letter) means (explain) and develops
(part of the story) and (part
of the story)
why the first part of the story develops the quote and how it is developed
elsewhere in the story. Use examples and or quotes
why the second part of the story develops the quote and how it is developed
elsewhere in the story. Use examples and or quotes. You can begin the second
The quote also shows (part of the
4. Last, if possible
and if it works,
explain how both the parts of the story in your quote develop the theme or
the overall meaning or the bigger picture.
The (part of the
of the story) shown by the quote
develop the (explain
Question # 3: Connection
To answer this question, remember
that this is a theme question really put in human nature terms or people in
general terms. STAY WITH ONE HUMAN NATURE OR PEOPLE IN GENERAL STATEMENT!
Make your human nature or people in general statement based on character’s
This story conveys the
message that people (or
you can phrase it: People in general statement or This story shows that it
is human nature to)
In one sentence identify the people in general statement in the
short story. DON’T ELABORATE.
In the story the (identify your example of
the people in general statement )
3. In one sentence and beginning with This reminds me of, identify the
people in general statement in your connection. DON’T ELABORATE.
This reminds me of (state your
connection of the people in general
Now choose two similarities the short story and your connection share that
apply to the human nature statement.
To write your comparison, use comparison terms such as: similar to,
similarly, like, just as, to compare how the story and your connection both
show the people in general statement.
Compare point by point using specific lines from the
story to your connections.
In the short story, (now explain how the
human nature statement applies
to the short story using your first point)
Similar to __________in the short story, (now explain how your connection reflects the people in
general statement and the short story using your first point).
step #5 Using the same people in
general statement, give another example with the same connection to compare to
the short story or explain a new connection
Question # 4: Good
your good literature worksheet to choose how the story is good literature and
why it is.
The (title of the short story)
is a good piece of
literature because it uses (how) to (why)
2. Give an example
of your how from the story or poem and explain how that good
the story the author uses… (how) (Now
give your example of how and explain it)
Repeat step 2 with another example of how or a new example of how.
explain why your example meets
your definition of good literature.
This (how) supports (why)
why your example meets your definition)
Question # 1: Your Opinions, Questions and Observations
Begin with title and author.
Address what the title means: remember to connect it to part of a story or a
Discuss how 1 or two parts of the story that you didn’t cover that you feel
there is room, answer any of these:
Connect with the characters feelings with
empathy, sympathy, anger, fear
Ask questions that are outside the story and try to answer them.
literary devices such as symbolism, foreshadowing, irony
For Freshmen and Sophmores
2. Good Literature Guidelines 2011-12
The Why Definitions of Good Literature
* maintains the reader’s attention and interest
* makes the reader think or provokes thought
* is unforgettable.
* allows for multiple interpretations which…
* is imaginative, creative, and or fresh
* engages the reader’s emotions, such as … and draws
the reader into the author’s experience
* clearly conveys a meaning, which is……
* adds to the reader’s knowledge, intellect, or emotional
* encourages the reader to personal
connections to life and life in general to allow reader to relate to life (be careful with this one!)
The How Definition of Good Literature
* has timeless themes or portrayals of human nature.
* uses effective description or appropriate amount of detail.
* uses literary devices such as personification, metaphors, similes,
suspense, foreshadowing, irony, symbol, oxy morons paradox, allusion, alliteration, and assonance to make the story more interesting, clever, or imagistic
* uses aspects of the genre effectively:
entertaining, exciting, thorough, unusual plot/subject
interesting or appropriate setting
effective, didactic, timeless themes
interesting, relatable, or likeable characters
engaging or relatable point of view or speaker : 1st
* uses an effective rhyme pattern, structure, or an engaging
* effective word choice
· to develop imagery