Historical Data/Perspective: Begin by giving historical data about the text. This may be material directly related to the work itself, or it may material related to the time period (What was taking place at the time this work was written?). The best presentations combine both these approaches.Brief Summary of Text: Next, give a brief summary of the text. THIS SUMMARY MUST BE IN YOUR OWN WORDS. You may format it any way you desire, i.e., by chapters, books, sections, or as one long synopsis. If there is a clear need to elaborate on the preceding or succeeding chapter(s), book(s), etc., usually because they are not part of the required reading, you should also briefly elaborate on this as well. Themes and Meanings: This is perhaps the most important stage of your research project. Briefly discuss the underlying meanings and themes presented in the assigned material. You should be able to relate these themes and meanings to our contemporary society/world. Put some thought into this stage.