What does "identify one or more insights from the text" mean?

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amclanton eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Your instructor most likely wants you to find quotations in the book or story you're reading and explain how they relate to a particular theme or topic.

For example, if I asked my students to find "insights from the text" in the novel Fahrenheit 451 (a story that investigates the value of books) that reveal attitudes towards literature, I would expect my students to quote passages from the book that relate to the value of literature, and then clearly explain to me how these passages show the different characters' thoughts and values pertaining to books and reading.

Explaining the relationship between the quotation and the topic your instructor asks you to discuss is key; just finding a quotation in the book won't show your instructor that you understand the "insight" it gives to the topic.