If you refer to ideas in poems, stories, or something else that you have read, make sure that you do not use the exact words of the other writer. Summarize the ideas of other writers in your own words. You will not be using direct quotations in your essay until the next assignment, after the proper way of doing so has been introduced.
Your paper should be between 600 and 700 words long, and is to be written following the conventions of formal writing assignments in MLA style, including double spacing, indented paragraphs, a standard font, no larger than 12 pt font size, and standard margins. Students must include a header in the upper left-hand corner of the first page that fits the following format:
In the title of your essay, capitalize all words except prepositions and articles, and do not put quotation marks around your own title or italicize it or underline it.