Texas English III
Don't mess with Texas…EOC.
Well, this is it: the last stop on the Texas English train. Remember to collect your personal belongings (you know, like all of those reading and writing skills you picked up along the way) and send us a postcard! First, though, you'll need to pass the test. Sorry. Luckily, Shmoop's guide to the Texas English III End-of-Course Assessment will help you review all those connotations, genres, and composition skills one last time. Then you can use them to send us the best postcard...ever.
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Linking Themes or Author Analyses Across Work
In English, we're accustomed by now to looking beyond the surface level of text and into its heart of darkness meaning. We know that meaning can exist on multiple levels, but what you may not know is that, in both literature and expository text, it's all connected. It's all one big Circle of Life, if you're catching what Rafiki is throwing. Everything is connected to something else in some way. Your job is to discover in what way.
This exam will throw single or paired passages at you. If you encounter expository texts of the in-a-relationship variety, your brain should do what it does whenever you see pairs of anything in English class—jump to the Compare and Contrast column of analysis. While reading these passages, focus the majority of your energy on theme and opinion. Ask yourself:
- What are the themes of both of these passages?
- How are these themes connected?
- What are the respective viewpoints of the authors?
- How are those viewpoints connected?
They are connected and there will be a thematic link. (Being opposite counts as a connection.)