Brookstone School

Research Paper Deadlines

Choose one of the following topics. Your research paper must be 1000 to 1200 words (5-8) pages with a complete works cited page. A title will be required, but otherwise we will use the same formatting (Times new Roman font, labelling in top right corner, name and page # on subsequent pages).

Your research should include at least 3 sources: We will work as a class in the Brookstone library to find electronic sources, but you are required to have at least one physical source from the public library, which you will find on your own. (due to the limit of materials on literary criticism, you are NOT to check out materials you find at the public library; you must xerox them so that others will also be able to find them)

Discuss the characterization of Manley Pointer in "Good Country People" and Arnold Friend in "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"

Discuss the significance of the mental landscape of Granny in "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" and the speaker in "Yellow Wallpaper."

Discuss the use of horror and gothic elements in Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" and Edgar Allan Poe's "Cask of Amontillado.

Discuss the importance of race in finding identity as shown in the stories "What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona" and "Everyday Use."


These topics are broad enough to include historic and biographic detail of the author, analysis of audiences' responses to the stories, and the significance of the stories to a present-day audience. For the next several weeks we will use Tuesday and Thursday as a time to talk about our papers and ask questions. In addition to bringing your grammar and vocabulary books, keep work on your research paper together in a binder or folder and bring it to class those days.

Deadlines (grades will be given at each stage of the writing process):

Thesis-March 3

Works Cited page (all research completed) March 10

Outline-March 17

Rough Draft-March 21

Final Paper-March 28