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  1. 1. Class 18 EWRT 1A
  2. 2. AGENDA  Presentation: MLA Format  Editing Strategies: Wordiness  Discussion: Open for questions  In-Class Writing: Writing Workshop Editing
  3. 3. MLA Formatting Style
  4. 4. MLA format: on our website under “MLA Guidelines.” Download “Hapi Tobia Student” MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. MLA style specifies guidelines for formatting manuscripts and using the English language in writing. MLA style also provides writers with a system for referencing their sources through parenthetical citation in their essays and Works Cited pages. Writers who properly use MLA also build their credibility by demonstrating accountability to their source material. Most importantly, the use of MLA style can protect writers from accusations of plagiarism, which is the purposeful or accidental uncredited use of source material by other writers. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
  5. 5. Paper Format
  6. 6. Margins and Formatting  Double Click in Header Area  Type your last name  Justify right  Go to “insert” and click on “page number Header: Last Name 1  1” all around  Go to “Layout” and adjust margins or use custom settings  Times New Roman 12  Indent body paragraphs ½ inch from the margin
  7. 7. Heading: Double Spaced  Your Name  Dr. Kim Palmore  EWRT 1A  3 May 2014 Title  Original Title (not the title of the essay we read)  No italics, bold, underline, or quotation marks  Centered on the page  No extra spaces (just double spaced after your heading and before the body of your text.
  8. 8. Making A Works Cited Page MLA Style Ensure that you have a properly formatted works cited page
  9. 9. Integrating Quotations
  10. 10. According to the St. Martin's Guide, there are three main ways to set up a signaling phrase: 1. With a complete sentence followed by a colon.  The effects of Auld's prohibition against teaching Douglass to read were quite profound for Douglass: "It was a new and special revelation" (29). 2. With an incomplete sentence, followed by a comma.  Douglass argues that Auld's prohibition against literacy for him was a profound experience, saying, "It was a new and special revelation" (29). 3. With a statement that ends in that.  The importance of Auld's prohibition to Douglass is clear when he states that "It was a new and special revelation" (29).
  11. 11. Using Signal Phrases:  One common error a lot of people make when they include a quotation is that they tend to put the quotation in a sentence by itself. Unfortunately, we cannot do this. We need to use what Diana Hacker calls a signal phrase to introduce the quote and give our readers a context for the quote that explains why we are taking the time to include it in our paper.
  12. 12. Take, for example, this section from a student paper: Incorrect: Katniss doesn’t respond to Cinna’s statement, but she agrees in her head. “He’s right, though. The whole rotten lot of them is despicable” (65). Correct: Katniss doesn’t respond to Cinna’s statement, but she agrees in her head: “He’s right, though. The whole rotten lot of them is despicable” (65). Or Correct: Katniss doesn’t respond to Cinna’s statement. However, she thinks, “He’s right, though. The whole rotten lot of them is despicable” (65).
  13. 13. Long Quotations  For quotations that extend to more than four lines of verse or prose, place quotations in a free-standing block of text and omit quotation marks. Start the quotation on a new line, with the entire quote indented one inch (10 spaces) from the left margin; maintain double-spacing. Only indent the first line of the quotation by an additional quarter inch if you are citing multiple paragraphs. Your parenthetical citation should come after the closing punctuation mark. When quoting verse, maintain original line breaks. (You should maintain double-spacing throughout your essay.)
  14. 14. The classroom was noisy as the MUN students filed in[. . .] Mr. Mustard began in the middle of the program, and the room quieted down as we strained to hear the narrator‟s voice: I look up at the buildings, these immense buildings They are so enormous. And along the edges of each enormous building are the nets. Because right at the time that I am making this visit, there has been an epidemic of suicides at the Foxconn plant. Week after week, worker after worker has been climbing all the way up to the tops of these enormous buildings, and then throwing themselves off, killing themselves in a brutal and public manner, not thinking very much about just how bad this makes Foxconn look. Foxconn's response to month after month of suicides has been to put up these nets. (Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory) Period goes before the parenthesis For example, when citing more than four lines of prose, use the following example: Hanging indent for long quotation: 10 spaces
  15. 15. Katniss thinks about how difficult it would be to get a meal like this in District 12: What must it be like, I wonder, to live in a world where food appears at the press of a button? How would I spend the hours I now commit to combing the woods for sustenance if it were so easy to come by? What do they do all day, these people in the Capitol, besides decorating their bodies and waiting around for a new shipment of tributes to roll in and die for their entertainment? I look up and find Cinna‟s eyes trained on mine. „How despicable we must seem to you,‟ he says. (65) Katniss doesn‟t respond to Cinna‟s statement, but she agrees in her head: “He‟s right, though. The whole rotten lot of them is despicable” (65). Although our world does not really….. When citing two or more paragraphs, use block quotation format, even if the passage is fewer than four lines. Indent the first line of each quoted paragraph an extra quarter inch. Indent 12.5 Indent 12.5
  16. 16. Writing Tips  Write about literature in present tense  Write about your experience in past tense  Avoid using “thing,” “something,” “everything,” and “anything.”  Avoid writing in second person. (Don‟t use “you” unless it is in dialogue.
  17. 17. HOMEWORK  Post #20: Your best two paragraphs of Essay #2  Study: Vocabulary (1-16)  Read: HG through chapter 16; SMG 134- 148 and answer the following questions: Be ready to talk about these in class!  Bring: SMG  Send essay #2 as an MS Word document to palmoreessaysubmission@gmail.com before class Thursday. palmoreessay submission@ gmail.com