This is a complete 12-page "how to" packet for writing the NY State English Regents Exam Critical Lens Essay. The packet introduces students to the format and look of the regents test page, a strategy for reading the question and generating ideas, a start to finish fill-the-blank method for writing the essay, a general Critical Lens for any novel or story to write on, and an answer packet. I have included at no additional charge a Literary Chart worksheet to be used after reading each novel or story throughout your curriculum. There are directions on how to use the worksheet for a culminating activity at the end of the school year. I also have for sale on my site, a Critical Lens with the same appearance for the novel, Of Mice and Men.