Write the short paper and send it to the instructor. You can write on any topic, but be sure to have a thesis and support. This paper should be about 2-3 pages in length; you do NOT have to use outside sources for this essay. This first paper will give me an idea of your knowledge of essay structure and your use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Start reading the textbook; you need to read all chapters, but I will not quiz you on any of the material. The book is a guide to lead you through the research process; it will also give you sample essays and will teach you how to cite your sources and how to present a Works Cited page.