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As a prequel to a research assignment, class members explore writing citations in the modern Language Association (MLA) and American Psychological Association (APA) formats. In pairs, or individually, researchers use books and magazines to create citations on index cards. The cards are then used in a game reinforcing proper citation format.
The format of a formal paper, according to the Modern Language Association (MLA) Style Guide, is the focus of a text-heavy presentation that cites the rules but offers few examples. Consider adding additional slides or including a worksheet to clarify points and provided an opportunity for guided practice.
Students effectively research using the internet, encylopedias, magazines and newspapers. They desegregate into needed and un-needed information based on their research findings. Pupils recognize and appropriately site sources using a variety of reading materials. Students create an Annotated Bibliography using MLA style. They separate categories for Primary and Secondary Sources.
Introduce your class to the MLA style of formatting. In addition to studying the formatting, learners improve language skills and review word processor features. They use the Interwrite SchoolPad for the first time to assist in proofing their reports with the class.
Students put sources into correct Modern Language Association (MLA)bibliographic format, and evaluate accuracy of information and research value of two articles through short written annotated bibliography for each.
Young writers work on a research paper on topics about Shakespeare's world. In groups, they create a PowerPoint presentation using their research while paying careful attention to the MLA style documentation.
Review MLA format, particularly the 7th Edition and its updates. The slides cover the first page of an essay, section headings, in-text citations, formatting questions, and the Works Cited page. This is a great way to make sure papers are uniform and clear.
Keyboarding is one of the most basic skills needed to master modern technology, and it's also one of the most important. The class uses Century 21 Keyboarding and Information Processing to guide their hands in typing a report in the correct MLA format. Also included, although not essential, is the use of an Interwrite tablet to demonstrate the format and word processor features.
How do you cite an online resource? Discover the special challenges involved in citing Internet sources. Young writers explore the components of a correct bibliography and create bibliography citations for online newspapers, magazine articles, professional sites, and reference sites. Everyone needs to know how to cite information correctly. 
Everything you need to know about citations and more! Using the Modern Language Association (MLA) format, class members practice citing information by using classroom texts. Scripted directions, worksheets, vocabulary lists, model citations, and assessments are included.
How do you write a career research paper? First, middle schoolers choose a career they want to research. They then gather information, develop a thesis statement, and cite sources MLA style. They are asked to explain their career paper to their parent and friends before submitting it for a final grade. What can they learn about their career choice? 
Pupils research and record the people, events, and locations important to each of two developments and accurately place them on a timeline representing 1400-1800. In this database lesson plan, students write three well-developed paragraphs describing the two events and record information necessary for providing correct citations in MLA style.
Ninth graders research various aspects of The Great Depression. They select a topic related to this information. Students gather five sources on their topic and select the most important information. They present information using a writing format.
If you would like a concise overview of MLA formatting, this two-page handout provides it. It addresses page layout, parenthetical citations, and works cited (including when and how to use ellipses to indicate an omission), but it does not include any questions or exercises. 
Has your school adopted the MLA style for documentation? If so, use this learning exercise to assess whether or not your class members know the rules. Young researchers complete of series of documentation exercises using the MLA format. They evaluate and revise passages that contain unacceptable use of quotations, and then paraphrase and cite information from one of their textbooks. 
Why are citations necessary in research writing? Help your class perfect their citation skills with this presentation. It introduces citations, different formats (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.), and gives examples of improperly cited passages. Consider providing your class with a note-taking guide to follow along with the presentation and keep the material easily accessible. 
Launch a discussion about plagiarism, the consequences of plagiarism, and how giving credit is a sign of respect for the work of others. Start out by defining plagiarism and sharing your school's official policy. Class members can then be introduced to the Modern Language Association (MLA) format for citing resources. The resource cites many standards. You may have trouble meeting all of them with the lesson.
Required to use the Modern Language Association (MLA) Style Guide for research writing? Here’s a presentation that models how to and when to cite a variety of sources, and how to create a Works Cited page. Color-coded examples highlight each aspect of documentation.
Is it pertinent that your class follows the Modern Language Association, or MLA, format? Show this PowerPoint to introduce the format and its characteristics. To help your class remember what sets these citations apart from Chicago or APA, consider providing a listening guide to accompany this presentation. 
Ninth graders explore the rules of the Modern Language Association for the correct development of a bibliography. The information, punctuation, order, indention, and spacing for the format of the entries are stressed in this lesson.

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