Escape Room Break Out Box Game, MLA Research and Citations

Julie Faulkner
Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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  • Internet Activities
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Get ready to dive into an exciting escape-room style adventure with this break-out game designed to review MLA skills with secondary students! From the most reluctant learner to the most advanced, all of your students will be 100% engaged in solving the clues in this interactive game for 9th edition MLA formatting. Plus, you'll be on the cutting edge with this educational teaching trend that will be exciting and purposeful in classrooms for years to come!

Student Experience: In this interactive, student-centered, hands-on game with a flexible three-ways-to-play format, students must work to solve the clues in order to help a wayward college student who has landed in the Dean's office for plagiarizing his research paper. Students will review and practice MLA's nine core components for external citations, correct formatting for internal citations, and the importance and value of research and academic integrity.

Your students will love the exciting, modern game-like format. You will love that your students are actually enjoying reviewing MLA formatting and research skills. Your admin will love to see that you're engaging all learners with higher order critical thinking and problem solving. My students were bubbling with excitement and energy the entire period! Are you ready to UNLOCK THE FUN?!?!


-3 Ways to play (The game can be conducted with a physical box that you've bought or made, with the digital Google form provided, or with teacher-led answer checking. There's nothing else for you to do. Just choose the method that works best for you and play! I've provided it all!)

-Video tutorial for teacher prep

-One stop, press print and go clue set for students (The clues are interactive, challenging, and fun. Distractions are included to enhance the difficulty level!)

-Intro slides to set up scenario for students, door poster, reflection questions, and final prompt (editable)

-Fun and engaging introduction and door poster, editable

-Lesson plan, editable


-Follow up questions and writing prompt for debrief

*Requirements for the game no matter which way you play: Smart devices with QR scanners and headphones and Internet access. Access to

*Optional no matter which way you play: UV pen with UV flashlight. (Can be purchased online for around $10.)

*Physical Lock Box: 5-digit letter lock, 4-digit number lock, 3-digit number lock, 5-digit directional lock, key lock, hasp, box

*Some assembly and set up required for some clues.

*Suggested time may vary based on class.

Classroom Success Stories from Other Teachers Who Have Tried This Game:

♥ "We had a great time doing this, and I love all the options for HOW to set up the game with varying resources."

♥ "My students love breakout boxes, escape rooms, puzzles, games, and anything else that does not resemble a worksheet or lecture in any way. As we near the end of the year, presenting information inventively and engagingly is difficult. This activity provides a great alternative to quizzes while still allowing assessment and feedback opportunities."

♥ "This was a wonderful review before we start researching. My kids were so engaged.Thank you."

Related MLA Resources:

- Citing Textual Evidence with the OREO Method Pack

- MLA Formatting Complete Teaching Pack

- Evaluating Websites Complete Teaching Pack

Plus, check out my other breakout, lock box, escape-style games, too!

Ethos, Pathos, Logos Escape Box

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" Escape Box

Fahrenheit 451 Escape Box

The Great Gatsby Escape Box

New Year's Escape Game

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Terms of Use: Please one classroom use only. Not to be shared online without proper security. Additional licenses sold at a discount at checkout.

Updated 12/2021

Total Pages
Video tutorial and 37
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.


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