Students are given 2 secondary sources related to the issue they will write about in their essay. Each of the sources has a different perspective on the issue.
The assessment task requires students to identify the central argument/s the author is making and paraphrase it. (This is like an annotated bibliography restricted to 1-2 sources). The lecturer then discusses with class how they might go about investigating the issue further so that they can decide on their own opinion and provide the evidence for that opinion in their essay. Students then can use the summary/s as ideas etc in the final essay (other relevant readings provided as a set).