Reading the assignment sheet
Assignment sheets come in different varieties. Sometimes a teacher will write a paragraph or bullets of instructions followed by a single essay question or a group of questions. Sometimes a teacher will just give you a question, the required amount of words, and a due date. In short - every teacher designs assignments differently. The key is reading THE WHOLE SHEET. Don't just read the questions - read all the other information the teacher has given you. This will shed light on what it is, exactly, the teacher is asking for. Read everything before you decide what to do. At the bottom of this page you will find several different examples of essay instructions. Browse them and the notes discussing them to see how different instructions and questions work together.