1. Engage in close reading: interpret textual details and ambiguities, employing a vocabulary of literary terms, theories and/or critical methods.
2. Advance a proposition or thesis, supporting claims with explicit reasoning and textual evidence.
3. Conduct research: find, evaluate and cite secondary sources, using accurate MLA style conventions
4. Place an argument in conversation with the ideas of other critics and theorists.
5. Formulate a research question and locate it within an interpretive context, such as aesthetic, cultural, ethico-political, historical, intertextual, or social.
6. Compose analytical papers in cogent and coherent prose.