Introduction to MLA Style


In this lesson plan you will learn why following style guidelines is an essential part of the research process, and how MLA can make your writing look polished and professional. It will introduce you to everything you need to know about MLA formatting, from the basics of in-text citations to creating a Works Cited page. By the end of this lesson, you’ll be ready to tackle any research paper with confidence.

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MLA is a formatting style used when writing research papers. This lesson plan introduces students to the basics of MLA and why following style guidelines are essential to the research process. Students will learn several research techniques that will make writing reports easier. By the end of this lesson, students will be familiar with the basics of MLA and be able to format their papers correctly.

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4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade


Language Arts

State Educational Standards

LB.ELA-LITERACY.W.4 – 6.1.D, LB.ELA-LITERACY.W.4 – 6.1.B, & LB.ELA-LITERACY.W.4 – 6.1.B to 4 – 6.9B