Friday, March 6, 2015

Language Arts Lesson - "MLA Works Cited - Step-by-Step Help for Students"

Language Arts Lesson - "MLA Works Cited - Step-by-Step Help for Students"

By Mary Pat Mahoney Just Add Students
Grades 6 - 12

Considering the complexity and technicalities involved in creating a works cited page, students often struggle with how to create one, what it should contain, and what it should look like. Additionally, students often wonder why it’s even necessary. 

This lesson focuses on the hows and whys of creating a works cited page using the current MLA standards and has everything you need to help students feel confident about gathering the correct information, formatting, and understanding the purpose of a works cited page.

Students first practice collecting information necessary for creating a works cited page based on fictional titles and then applying that information to create a works cited page. Then students create a second works cited based on their own collection of research materials. 

This is a technical activity, so the research question, collection of notes, and parenthetical citation issues are out of the way. This lesson focuses strictly on creating a work cited page.

When students are finished with this lesson, they will have created two works cited pages with support. They will have evaluated two fictional student sample works cited pages, have a checklist of rules to follow, and worksheets to guide them through the process of collecting information for their own pages. Students will have several resources to keep in their notebooks or binders for future reference.

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