Students are give 1-2 secondary sources related to a text under essay consideration. 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). Students then can use the summary/s as ideas etc in the final essay (other relevant readings provided as a set). Students have appreciated the opportunity to have 2 of the set readings ‘out of the way’ and to get feedback on how well they’ve understood the ideas.