||Separate the key issue into its essential parts and discuss the relevant details. For example, if you are examining a passage in a poem, you might look at repetition, rhyme, images, etc.
||Take a clear position on a key component of the text in question, or take a clear position on a particular topic. An argument should be debatable and provide a type of answer to an important question relevant to your assignment; however, it is often up to the writer to determine what important question your essay will address.
|compare and contrast
||Show the similarities and differences between two or more things being examined, and then show why the similarities and differences matter.
||Summarize the salient points of a specific text, body of literature, event, or topic.
||Examine a controversial issue or topic and give the various view points. You should give reasons both for and against the matter at hand.
||Explore the course, development, or history of a specific topic or event.
||Give the meaning of something and delineate its nature or essential qualities.