Do not give an opinion – use facts and provide evidence (cite your sources)

Achieving freedom is a common theme in novels. A character’s hopes and dreams often reflect the confines of the society in which he or she lives. Discuss one of the major characters from the story and tell why he or she seeks freedom from the restrictions of society. Then describe the ways in which this character struggles to achieve that freedom. Remember to cite evidence to back up your statements!
Guidelines, Checklist and Parameters for Writing Your Paper
Note: These are in no particular order.
1. Use Times New Roman and 12 – point font
2. Use one-inch margins (top to bottom and side to side)
3. Double-space between lines (NOT 1 ½ or 3 spaces) – use one side of the paper (only)
4. Use paragraph (form) and indent your paragraphs
5. Read the question / prompt fully and ensure you understand what is being asked/required
6. Brainstorm and use an outline – pre-write
7. Write a first draft – PROOFREAD!
8. Revise your first draft – PROOFREAD!
9. Re-write it and revise it a second time – third time ??? – PROOFREAD!
10. Did you answer / respond to the question / prompt fully? – PROOFREAD!
11. Your heading includes your full name, instructor’s name, subject, date, Block #, – placed in the upper
left-hand corner (all single-spaced) [SEE ABOVE – TOP LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THIS PAGE]
12. Skip one line – Title Your Paper (underline – ?) The title should capture the reader’s interest.
13. Do Not use the pronoun, “I” (I believe…, I feel…, I think…, etc.)
14. Do Not use contractions in a formal paper (don’t, doesn’t, can’t, etc.)
15. Do Not abbr. (U.S., Devlin H.S., etc.)
16. Do Not begin a sentence with a conjunction (And, Because, But, etc.)
17. Do Not end a sentence with a preposition. (Where do you work at? Where is he going to?)
18. Do Not mix verb tenses. Use the same verb tense throughout your paper. (The main character is in her
twenties and was superstitious.) Better: The main character was in her twenties and was superstitious.
19. Do Not separate a proper noun at the end of a line and continue on the next line. Example Saint
Augustine High School
20. Do Not use (parentheses in your paper).
21. Periods and commas go inside quotation marks. Betty said, “I do not understand this.”
22. Do Not split an infinitive. (to understand) not (to really understand)– (to laugh) not
(to always laugh)
23. Do Not give an opinion – Use facts and provide evidence (cite your sources)
24. Avoid using (in the story, throughout the novel, the book said, in the class, etc.)
25. Always underline titles of books.
26. NEVER use (thing, a lot, is when, was when, due to…, stuff, and any other “slang-type” words or
27. When referring to a character from the story, use the last name of the character – exceptions: Gatsby,
Huck, Holden, Jem, Scout, etc. See Mr. Cudal about other stories that will be read in this class.
28. Use these words correctly: their, there, (they are and not they’re), its, (it is and not it’s)
29. Never re-tell the story – answer / respond to the question / prompt – STAY ON THE TOPIC!
30. Avoid personal opinions unless it is asked
31. Clear thesis, evidence, summary / conclusion, – cite your sources
32. Last name and page number after the 1st page (Smith – 2, Smith – 3) placed in upper right hand corner
33. Take pride in what you write, and make sure you are satisfied with your submission.