MLA Citation Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Can your students cite correctly, according to MLA standards? A video lesson helps provide the basics while an in-class activity allows them to show what they learned. Extra lessons and activities are included for ongoing instruction.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • outline the specifics of MLA format and citation
  • apply the elements of MLA citation to a paper

Length

30 minutes to 1 hour

Materials

  • Assorted sample research papers with errors in citation
  • Red pens

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.8

Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.9

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