This assignment introduces Advanced Placement English Language and Composition students to literary criticism and gives them the opportunity to develop their close textual reading, critical analysis, writing skills and presentation skills. It requires students to analyze an article of literary criticism on the novel The Awakening. In compliance with copyright law, the literary criticism articles are not included here. However, the titles, ISBNs and publication information for three books of literary criticism on the novel are provided here. I had no problem obtaining these books from the library. This activity was also used as a preliminary assignment for a semester-long rhetorical analysis research paper project for which students were required to find, evaluate and incorporate literary criticism. This assignment does not come from the College Board.