STATE your argument.
ILLUSTRATE your argument with a quotation or paraphrase from the text/selection.
EXPLAIN how the quotation or paraphrase illustrates the argument.
LINK the present argument to the next argument by making a smooth transition.
[STATE:] Clearly, this work reveals ____________________________.
[ILLUSTRATE:] For instance, his/her (author) emphasis on ________________ appears when he/she describes _______________________________________.
[EXPLAIN:] This reflects _________________________________.
[LINK:] However, a second/third/fourth major theme of ______________________ is ________________.*Used with permission from Dr. Robert Evans, Distinguished Teacher and Research Professor, Auburn Montgomery