Note: this assignment should take you no more than 40 minutes. Please time yourself.
Poem to be found in your reader on page 16.
In-class Essay on “The Crabs”
Your essay should have:
- brief introduction (1-2 sentences) in which you:
the speaker and the dramatic situation (what’s literally happening)
- --include a
paragraphs in which you embed specific words and/or phrasing from the poem and
explain in your own words what you’re quoting and why it’s significant.
- one or two sentence conclusion in which you try to build on your thesis (if
Here is the topic for “The Crabs”:
Identify a significant contrast or conflict in the poem and
discuss how the word choice and images create the contrast or conflict.