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Works Cited Bibliography MLA Format

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UPDATED with the 8th edition MLA revisions! Help your students create works-cited pages that follow the current changes, give them lots of practice, and opportunities to truly understand the purpose of a works-cited list.

This lesson focuses on the hows and whys of creating a works cited page using the current MLA standards. This lesson is scaffolded, so students get practice step-by-step.

First, students will learn about the format requirements. Detailed explanation on "containers" as well!

Next, students will practice creating citations by using fictional information.

Then, they will create one or two works-cited lists -- you can decide how much practice they need.

Finally, they will gather their own resources to create another works-cited list.

This is a technical activity, so the research question, collection of notes, and parenthetical citation issues are out of the way. This lesson focuses strictly on creating a work cited page.

The best part? When students are finished with this lesson, they will have created their own reference document that they can use over and over again!

Resources included in this lesson:
♥ Suggestions for use
♥ Student sample of correct works cited page
♥ What is a work cited page? student introduction
♥ What should be included?
♥ Detailed explanation on "containers"
♥ Practice creating citations
♥ Works-cited worksheet
♥ Directions for student-driven research materials
♥ Rubric
♥ Works cited checklist
♥ End of lesson self-assessment
♥ Student self-assessment
♥ Answer key

This lesson works with well with this parenthetical citation resource:
How to Summarize, Quote, and Create Parenthetical Citations for Research

Save $$ by purchasing both resources!:
Bundle! Works Cited and Parenthetical Citation Step-by-Step Guide

You may also want your students to have MLA "Cheat Sheet" Foldable Resource for Works Cited


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