GOAL: Locate resources for a Professional Development class and for teaching students next year.
MLA Style Center
The MLA Style Center published by the Modern Language Association provides a long list of resources:
- The MLA Practice Template provided shows the framework for students to use for locating and completing their Works Cited entry.
- The Works Cited Quick Guide provides a nice graphic of some basic sources.
- LESSON IDEA: Create a graphic for students showing the concept of a container. Give students this link to show how to complete the MLA Practice Template. Provide students the MLA Practice Template and links to sources to be used to complete the template. Have students correct their own paper by providing a Prezi indicating where the info came from much like the Works Cited Quick Guide.
- The Works Cited List Peer Grading lesson is easy to incorporate into any research paper. In reading the provided worksheet it occurs to me that another way to do this is by having the students actually locate the source their peer is referencing. This will provide students a basis as to the importance of the different pieces of information.
- Hey, my idea from above actually exists as a pre-done lesson! Reading and Writing Citations
- The Group Presentation on MLA Style lesson is one I will propose to all teachers to consider for their students at the beginning of the year to provide a solid foundation for MLA style. I will especially emphasize this for my 9th grade teachers.
Since MLA 8 is becoming more flexible I decided to explore Noodletools for changes relating to MLA 8. While they have changed the platform a little bit nothing really addresses the container idea. So I will explore other online citations tools such as Bibme and CitationMachine. The MLA Workshop provided didn’t help me plan my teaching but gives me good ideas for discussion.
I did not find Bibme to offer any resources that were useful. I created an account and in the end didn’t like their style at all. I found the webpage to be cluttered and not something useful in educating my students.
I am going to create lessons around my ideas from The MLA Style Center.