When you are teaching your high school students how to set up an MLA document, sometimes you have to be very explicit with directions. The first part of this assignment is all about that. The second part is a little writing assignment to help you get to know their aspirations and so they can see what an MLA document should look like...
I use this in the beginning of the year, in the beginning of a unit where I teach them how to write a research paper.
I use this as for step-by-step instruction in the computer lab, but you could tweak it to use for homework as well.