Step 1: Choose one of the authors we have read this semester:
Step 2: Do research on the author’s life. Learn as much information about him/her as you
can. Learn about childhood, family, relationships, health, political ideas, culture, religion, important experiences, etc. ***Follow research guidelines laid out in the assignment***
Step 3: Select a short story that your author wrote (not the one we read for class). Make sure
the story you choose is actually a short story and NOT an essay, poem, a full length novel, or an autobiography.
Step 4: Read that story at least three times.
Step 5: Look for topics addressed in the story that are somehow influenced or inspired by
elements of the author’s background.
Step 6: Write the essay.
Step 7: Make sure all MLA standards (including paper format, in-text citations, & works cited)
Step 8: Revise, Revise, Revise!