This Critical Lens essay directions is a great way to introduce the Critical Lens assessment essay from the NY State Regents Exam. The question only requires the student to connect the quote to Of Mice and Men ( as opposed to multiple texts). The quote is easy enough for the students to understand and has been proven (by my students) to have mulitple angles to write on. The set-up of the directions mimics the style of the Regents itself. If you are looking for an intro to writing the Critical Lens before throwing the students into this essay, purchase my Critical Lens Lesson Packet that I use with my students.