NFG: Read Chp. 8: Analyzing Texts and Chp. 58: Textual Analyses. When you read the samples, pay attention to how authors embed intertextual citations into the body of their essays according to MLA standards—you will be expected to do likewise.
Owl @ Purdue: Read Active & Passive Voice. No matter what kind of writing you do, try to minimize the use of the passive voice, which, as the reading suggests, can lead to awkward, flat and/or uninteresting prose. This is not to say that the passive voice should be avoided altogether—used in the proper manner and in moderation, it can spruce up prose.
Owl @ Purdue: Read the following entries from the MLA Formatting & Style Guide: General Format, In-Text Citations: The Basics and Formatting Quotations.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story "The
Wikipedia: Read Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Yellow Wallpaper. (NOTE: Wikis of this nature should be used to provide context and background information only; they should not be cited as secondary sources in formal writing. Wikipedia is an online hypertextual encyclopedia that anyone can edit. The methodology behind this encyclopdia, in my opinion, is ideal; rather than an entry being written by one or two authors, entries are written (and updated) by a collective group of authors from multiple perspectives and disciplines. Be aware that many Wikipedia authors are not professional scholars or experts in the field, object, person, story, etc. on which they are writing, and every now and then hackers and trolls like to vandalize entries with incorrect information. For the most part, however, Wikipedia is a reliable and useful resource. To read more on this issue, see Criticism of Wikipedia.)
Read these short essays on "The Yellow Wallpaper" for background, context, and insights into Gilman's story.