MLA Exercise #1: Setting Up a Basic Document (with Screenshots!)

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This exercise walks students through using Microsoft Word features to set up a basic document in MLA format. I used this or a similar assignment every semester I taught high school, and I use it now in my college classes. This assignment is especially helpful for adult students with little experience in using a word processing program, but it is beneficial for all students, as many do not know how to use the advanced features we require them to use (and the features we don't even realize are advanced to them!). This exercise uses clear language, step-by-step instructions, and screenshots to walk students through the following:

1. Selecting a Font
2. Changing the Margins
3. Setting Document Spacing and Indentation - Line Spacing, Paragraph Spacing, and Tabs
4. Inserting a Header
5. Writing the Heading
6. Writing and Centering the Title
7. Saving the Document

If your school also uses Turnitin or another plagiarism checker, I recommend having students type approximately 30-40 words of a song into the template and submit it to the plagiarism checker. We use Turnitin at the technical college where I teach, and I have my students do this so that they can see the Originality Report and understand how it works.

**In my classroom, I use this assignment in conjunction with the MLA Style: Setting Up a Basic Document presentation, which is also in my store. Visit my store for a preview!

Please keep checking my store, as I am getting all of my MLA presentations, quizzes, tests, handouts, worksheets, etc. ready to post.
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MLA Exercise #1:  Setting Up a Basic Document (with Screenshots!)
MLA Exercise #1:  Setting Up a Basic Document (with Screenshots!)
MLA Exercise #1:  Setting Up a Basic Document (with Screenshots!)
MLA Exercise #1:  Setting Up a Basic Document (with Screenshots!)
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